Final Fantasy VII The Web Series Has Been Shut Down
A couple of weeks ago we heard about the Final Fantasy Live action webseries. They had launched a kickstarter with a goal of $400,000 to bring the beloved Final Fantasy VII to life in a 5-6 episode web series. In Hard News we ended the story naming them a cease and desist magnet.
Well, it seems we were right, as the Square Enix legal team has shut the project down for copyright infringement. The webseries team says they are attempting to resolve the situation, however I wouldn't hold my breath. I can't imagine Square will be OK with anyone raising nearly half a million dollars off of their IP for a web series. Now, if they we're making a mobile game Square might entertain the idea of picking it up.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Square Enix was in the right, shutting the project down? Or should companies lighten up when it comes to non-profit projects regarding their IPs
companys really should pay attention to how much stuff like this actually works. Most of us know about Team Four Star. They have recived numerous ceist and desist letters from Toei. that being said....Dragon Ball Z abrigied made me go out and buy 3 seasons of the orginal DBZ. many fan made projects spur people on like this.
Considering that they were raising money (via Kickstarter), I'm going to have to side with SE on this one.
You know, it's pretty sad when Capcom is the only game company that doesn't order Cease and Desists on fan projects.
Maybe Squenix should concentrate their efforts and money on making a good Final Fantasy game instead.
On the other hand, I do agree that making a product off of someone else's IP and copyright without permission and even asking people to donate almost half a million dollars to said project is fucking stupid. They should have seen this coming.
The lesson to be learned here is to always get your licenses in order.
Not surprising. Most companies doesn't take fan projects kindly and Square has closed down fan projects before. Though I don't know why Square took their time to be an asshole closing down fan projects, they only had like 20k so it probably would've ended in failure anyway.
They would need to have a written contract confirming that they would use part of that money buy rights of publication after the money has been gathered.
Not very surprising, but I still like FF VII the way it was back in their prime.
I am glad they got shut down, I wouldn't want them to make people hate the game due to bad acting, I wanna see the final final 7 remake that will do it justice if it ever happens, I don't wanna see people cosplaying and acting out the story that's not what I asked for also- I think square did it because tifa and aerith were god awful ugly. GJ SE.
Let's be honest: No one is surprised by this.
Seems like SE wants nothing to happen with VII anymore.
just make a ff7 porn instead. problem solved! and profit!
no one felt to ask for permission?... Copyright is no joke. GG people lol
Also like when SE sued the vendors for selling prop weapons of their design.
I saw this comming a mile away. This is the one thing i hate about SE they tend to treat their fan base like shit with c and ds all the time. capcom may be going to hell but atleast they dont shut fan projects down with copyright
I don't think people should be surprised at this. Sorry for those that were looking forward to it and didn't see this coming.
If you guys read their kickstarter, $400k is to cover the choreography group. They haven't even consider the other cost yet. SE indirectly doing them and the fans a favor. I can see them coming back for a second kickstarter if this was successful...
Honestly the creators of the web series must have known this would happen; kinda irresponsible to raise that much in donations before even attempting to gain legal permission to use the ip.
Well dah. The fact that they tried to get money to make this without contacting Square first is unhonestly unfathomable. What did they think was going to happen?
No surprise there. No way they'd just be left alone once money started flowing.