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@  Wulfsbane : (13 April 2019 - 10:24 PM)

However, Fallen Order looks promising

@  MoKat : (13 April 2019 - 10:56 AM)

I don't have Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but have been watching a few gameplay videos.

@  ShenFNWoo : (13 April 2019 - 05:15 AM)

And no fucks given

@  Shadow : (12 April 2019 - 10:08 AM)

Well, new Star Wars trailer dropped.

@  Wulfsbane : (07 April 2019 - 08:30 PM)

WrestleMania just finished.

 

Honestly one of the best Wrestlemanias ever

@  Shadow : (05 April 2019 - 01:25 AM)

Congrats!

@  Wulfsbane : (04 April 2019 - 07:09 PM)

So I turned 25 today. Woo

@  Wulfsbane : (01 April 2019 - 07:45 PM)

Maybe they changed it recently

@  Wulfsbane : (01 April 2019 - 07:45 PM)

Hmm, I've seen a few Sonic shirts on redbubble before with him on it.

@  Shadow : (01 April 2019 - 12:30 PM)

Seems anything directly with Sonic is flagged, but side chars. are spared.

@  Wulfsbane : (01 April 2019 - 07:20 AM)

RedBubble's copyright tagger can be rather wonky

@  Shadow : (30 March 2019 - 07:47 AM)

Did have a bunch of my stuff copyright flag removed unfortunately...

@  Shadow : (30 March 2019 - 07:43 AM)

Noted. Am adding more as I go.

@  ShenFNWoo : (30 March 2019 - 07:22 AM)

Only really interested in the Merle pic.

@  Shadow : (29 March 2019 - 04:54 PM)

https://www.redbubble.com/people/MobianMonster

@  Shadow : (29 March 2019 - 04:54 PM)

Well I decided to open a store on Red Bubble to sell some of my work if any are interested.

@  ShenFNWoo : (29 March 2019 - 11:25 AM)

Nice seeing some activity here. We gotta keep it up :0

@  Wulfsbane : (23 March 2019 - 12:48 PM)

Did anyone get Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice? If so how is it?

@  Wulfsbane : (23 March 2019 - 12:48 PM)

What up?

@  ZealousFoX : (21 March 2019 - 09:17 PM)

Hello, been a long while.


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#1 ShenFNWoo

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 09:39 PM

Should be a pretty open and shut topic I guess.  I remember having a discussion with someone over Deviant Art before about this and wonder if anyone here would know the specifics.

 

Long story short, I had created replacement characters for Ken Pender's parental figures for Sonic, and the backstory was so fitting for them that I thought even Sega would be impressed.  Not that I made them specifically for Sega to take them, I simply didn't care if they did, even without credit. 

 

I don't care enough to push the idea any further, but I am curious.  Someone told me there was legal this or that that would prevent a company from using unsolicited fan creations.  This true?  Can someone elaborate for me? 

 

What's the problem with using fan creations if unsolicited? 

 

If it is such bad practice, why did I hear Capcom had hired the team who were making an HD Res Evil 2 (or hell, why would Sega allow that Whitehead guy to make Sonic Mania, for that matter)?


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 04:13 AM

Well, technically nothing prevents them from using them if you sign a contract with them. But they're probably not going to look at the submission in the first place.

The reason for that is because if, by pure chance, they create something similar, you can sue them for it. You can't really win the lawsuit unless you can prove they copied it, but they don't want to even deal with it. Writer Mark Evanier once gave an example of something like this: a fan submits to a sitcom's producers a script for an episode that takes place in a bowling alley. The producers read it, don't like it, reject it. Some time later a different writer comes up with a completely different idea for an episode that also takes place in a bowling alley, and the producers produce that one. The writer of the rejected bowling alley episode might sue even though the only element the scripts have in common is taking place in a bowling alley.

The situation with HD remakes of games is different because they don't really have any creative ideas that can be swiped anyway (the content belongs to the company in the first place). It also probably helped that the projects didn't arrive in the mail by some submissions process; they were on the web and fans were already talking about them.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 06:47 AM

But they can always make something similar without having ever heard your idea.  I think there's gotta be more to it than that.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 07:14 PM

Basically it's plausible deniability. 

 

The more they IGNORE or AVOID these kind of ideas, the easier it is to create something similar without people suing or game angry.  

 

Or rather, the easier it is to win a court case about it.  



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:53 PM

Sounds about right.  At this point I'm just looking for specific things to better my understanding.

 

 

Like, wouldn't PR go through the roof if they were to incorporate some fan creatiosn?  They could make a public announcement that they can't accept all ideas, or something to that affect, to stop the floodgates from opening, or at least downsize it. 

 

There's a lot of people who would probably work for cheap or even free, lawsuits don't even need to ever be thought about, so long as a signature is gotten and everyone is in agreement prior to release.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 10:27 PM

More often than not it's the incident of "You used somebody else work but not mine!  WAAAAH!" rather than the "You used my work, I'll sue!" stuff.  Rather than deal with any of it, companies avoid it.

 

That said, the Comic Book Character Venom was a fan creation that Marvel bought from the Creator.  






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