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Square-Enix Vs Freedom of Press and Creative User Content

Apparently, due to a recent scandal about tweaked screenshots of Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix has decided to drop a bomb on everyone who's posting 'unauthorized' screenshots and videos of *ALL* their games.
This affects both press, and normal people who just upload screenshots and videos.


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I don't have any Final Fantasy games (no interesting ones anyway), so it's less of a problem for me - but this is a matter of principle. Screenshots / videos of games have been fair use, at least since the time I started making videogame hacking videos. www.youtube.com/user/Ultramast…

I am quite angered about this denial of basic right, both for press and creative use. The music industry is giving us enough §&$&# to deal with already.

Square-Enix you, Square-Enix! Square-Enix you to hell!
...naah, doesn't have the same ring to it :shrug:


Got the info from both a German videogame TV show (which decided to boycot Square-Enix alltogether and not show any of their future games), as well as a popular German videogame magazine.
Took me quite a while to find, but here's an English source for this: blog.simonebel.de/?p=584
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mizox Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
yeah, they never do seem to get the "fair use" thing right, especially since when people make fangames, it's free advertising for the real thing!

I guess they're scared of people getting used to getting things for free, since a consumer who doesn't pay for things is no longer a customer that they want...
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
or maybe they're afraid of getting an actual competition out of the fan projects - since those are free, and their stuff is not.

I have to think of the "Pokémon Online" Project here,
it seems they had everything running smoothe for a while, enough to get some advertisement
though when I went there apparently something got screwed up, and they had to rebuild everything from scratch

so they did that for, eh, a year or two, and just before they're finished, Nintendo takes them out, yaaay.
They even made all sprites from scratch and everything -.-


Guess what: the new Pokémon games will allow you to "put your save file on the internet" and maybe play with other people online, or something like that.

Must admit - when I checked out the project, I did out of curiosity and nostalgia, wanting to play some Pokémon game again for a while, but without really investing time and money in a complete actual game.
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mizox Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
hmm... I'll admit that SRB2 is able to go toe to toe with alot of official sonic games...

but maybe these creative individuals should come up with their own ideas rather than taking other people's
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, you're right.
From now on, I will never make any Sonic fan art ever again, and only draw stuff that nobody cares about unless I produce 5000 pieces of it. :P


Nah, but joke aside,
it's how my humor works, I need something to make references to.

Though taking all fanart and concepts I've come up with over the years together, there's ways to make references in a more abstract sense, so that'll allow me to venture on, and make "original" content that holds true to the qualities I care about. :)

Though that "original content" would be more likely in the videogame department, animation and comics will most likely stay the way they are, and I'm happy with that.
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mizox Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
I was talking about fangames, but yeah good point...

I wish pokemon was an MMO
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
who knows where Nintendo is going next

I don't think they can just add new Pokémon to infinity.
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mizox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
yeah, it would just get boring. there needs to be an actual reason to buy the next game other than "ZOMG NEW POKEMANS"
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Guess that's actually realistic -
I used to read comics, now I just read a bunch of web comics instead.

And I get my music from free sources, or videogames too, so I'm mostly not supporting the music industry. =P

Though I always thought this had something to do with the company being worried about the franchise being misrepresented, especially giving people who didn't hear about the franchise before the wrong idea.
Or maybe they're afraid that, if the games or movies look good enough, people too lazy to read the credits will mistake them for the real thing. :P

So the moral of the story is not to become too good at soemthing, or else you will get striked down by the company that makes the products you adore. -_-
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mizox Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
I still never figured out why the developer of SonicGL vanished right before he released a playable demo, next time anyone heard from him he was in China and no longer had any interest in the project.
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Well, I don't know much about Sonic fan-games, so I can't say I've heard about this one.
But reading stories about people who put time and effort into a Sonic project being tortured by immature fanboys (to the extent that even their families and the police are involved) somehow makes it slightly less unlikely for someone to drop out of a project like that. :(
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mizox Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
I think he was afraid of a lawsuit from SEGA, cause he said something about not wanting to compete with the PC version of NEXGEN (which never happened anyway)
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
...and that's the lesson we're supposed to learn from this;
don't become too good at what you do, or else you'll get sued by big cooperations. -_-
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mizox Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
ah... yeah...
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Axquirix Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
See? I always said Square were jerks.
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ShinjuuDarkfox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Student General Artist
Though never being a fan of Square-Enix (and likely not to start being one) I can honestly say... I'm going to be double biased and say they are being complete morons.
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Rogerregorroger Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh yeah, reminds me when they destroyed that Chrono Trigger 3d fangame, because it might affect sales for their future chrono trigger plans..like ehh... well, porting the snes game again like lazy bastards. Bleh.

Well, it costs millions to make these games, so I guess they could be kinda touchy about the subject, tough it's hard to see what the harm is in it.
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Annnnd there are a dozen other examples like this, by many different companies, like Nintendo taking down that Zelda fan film because 'people might confuse it with the real Zelda' (sure), or the "Pokémon Online" Project just when it was about to hit beta. -_-

And what's the lesson we learn from this?
Don't get too ambitious with your fan works, or else the people who's games you adore will come and strike you down. Yaaay.

Corporate Morons.
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Rogerregorroger Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well, the thing is, usually those big corporations hire other agencies to take care of the copright issues, so it's not that our heroes are doing the striking down, they just hired the buffons who can't see the diffrence between theft and hommage.
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Makes sense, except ... no, not really. -_-
As an artist who relies on such things as "fair use" and "common sense", these stories always make me wanna punch things. X_X

Companies becoming super-powerfull and defying law and/or common sense, it's been a typical motif for sci-fi horror stories - welcome to the future, m0th3rf*****%r. :dead:
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Dr-J33 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Student Writer
im really starting to hate liscensing. first they take our manga, now this. prehaps they will revove happy gilmore from tv. damn liscencing!
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Green-Kirby Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Not to mention the C&D letter they sent out to ROM hackers of the famous Chrono Trigger hack when it was next to finish.
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
They always wait just until they're almost done, don't they?

To crush their hopes, dreams AND their hard work worth years. Yay.
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BeRnYGP Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For what game are you talking about? FF13 Versus? If it yes, why!? They are not official? I hate how it act Square Enix but i love their games, rats! This is gonna get worse, cause Square Enix knows though they made things like that, the people will continue buying their games...
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Actually, the FF XIII fake-screenshot scandal was probably the reason, but their claim goes for all their games. :devil:
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BeRnYGP Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have the fake screenshots?
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
nah, just stumbled about the news while I was looking for an English reference for this scandal.
Eh... [link]
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BeRnYGP Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But there a so many fakes about many games of Square Enix, so why right know? I dont know what is the problem with the director...
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Mike2468 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Wow. How unfair.
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Understatement of the year.
I've actually always wanted to play a proper Final Fantasy game someday in case I should ever buy a PS2 ....
but scratch that.
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