Nintendo’s legal team puts an end to Metroid fan film Kickstarter
Nintendo is not trying to make a film and does not want to clearly. Nintendo shouldn't care cause Fox doesn't is a stupid argument. Being paid is the only qualification for being a professional and that is not synonymous with expert.
I'll like Metroid even if they shut down another 500 fan projects. As much as everyone loves anarchy the fact is we live in a society that is governed by laws. Laws which afford you countless benefits that you don't even realize exist.
So Nintendo does what it wants and exercises the rights that it was offered and applied for by what ever country in question. Don't like it... sucks go find some original idea.
If you call something Metroid and you are not authorized to then you break the laws around IP's. If you want to make a Metroid movie then you call Nintendo and ask them for permission. If you get it or not is another story.
Nintendo is just like any company. if one person keeps screwing up, your ass would be gone in a heartbeat. if you piss off your fans, you not only risk losing the chances of gaining the fans trust back, but you also risk your business chances to thrive. without the fans, you have no business. that's how they earn their paycheck folks. just because Nintendo makes a lot of good games, it doesn't mean that they are incapable of making some seriously bad mistakes. because they can, and they have. and what Nintendo has to learn is sometimes when you make a bad mistake, it can have longer lasting side effects that can damage their reputation and seriously hurt their business, their fans, and their entire legacy in an instant. if they can't even remotely learn from their current mistakes, then why the hell should we continue to trust them? even a company like Nintendo can eventually fall.
then you admit that they can do whatever they want. there's no learning curve with them. yes, they have copyright over their products, but they're not above the law when it comes to copyright. there's some things that even Nintendo isn't allowed to do. and if you ask me, just because you know what you're doing is wrong, it doesn't excuse you from doing it. and even if they don't allow any more future fan films or movies. ok, fine. but don't assume that Nintendo has complete control over all of their products where some of them are made from individual people. if Nintendo was able to determine what is a legit copyright infringement in their case against Universal, and they do this kind of stunt, then they have completely forgotten their moral values a long, long time ago. just because you have a copyright over a specific product, that doesn't give you the right to block everything fan related. from a business standpoint and a professional standpoint, no matter how you look at it, it's still bad.
"Just like if someone was going to make a movie called "Batman": The true story" and Marvel shot it down?" first of all, Batman is DC, not Marvel. second of all, there has been plenty of Batman fan films online and both Warner Brothers & DC Comics never shut them down due to copyright issues. Nintendo is the only company who took this copyright cockblock on fan films to the lowest point. just to prove my case, here's a list of Batman Fan Films that currently exist: Batman Dead End, Batman Death Wish, Batman City Of Scars, Batman Puppet Master, Batman The Last Laugh, Legends The Dark Knight, Grayson Earth One, Batman Sleight Of Hand, Batman A Death In The Family, Batman The Line, Seeds Of Arkham, Batman Dark Justice, the list goes on and on. none have been effected by some sort of copyright paranoia, none where shut down from Warner Brothers nor DC Comics.
"Fans need to learn likely something doesn't give you any special rights." folks, I hate to break it to you, but there's no such thing as rights. it's all made up, like the boogeyman. but even if you think you have rights or if they have rights, here's a homework assignment for you folks. go online, go to wikipedia. when you're on wikipedia, type in japanese americans 1942. and you'll know all you need to know about your precious rights.
I disagree. here's why. you copyright a specific franchise, and it's out in the public's eye. now you want to have more protection over a franchise and deny fan ideas? once a product is in the public's eyes, then it's too late. people will make fan ideas over everything. good and bad. and saying that fans cannot make fan films based on their properties, then you might as well remove comedy videos, parodies, fan art, fan made remixes, it just creates more of a mess and it's not good business practice. Star Wars has plenty of fan films being made. and unlike Nintendo, 20th Century Fox and George Lucas tends to have the right mind in place by allowing them to get made. they even have contests every year. some people are allowed to have an Alien Vs Predator film get made by fans as long as they don't get a profit off of it. with Nintendo saying no to fan films and even potential Hollywood films just tends to send a bad message for people wanting to express their creative ideas. the entire copyright excuse from what I have seen in the past few years has gotten completely out of control, and it has nothing to do with common sense anymore.
that's exactly what their doing. even if Hollywood comes up with an idea, they shut it down just as quickly. they have been risking alienating their fans for many years now, and it's starting to effect them in very serious ways. any attempts to make movies based on a number of their products is at risk because of copyright. which in my opinion, the whole copyright excuse is just pure grade A bullshit. 20th Century Fox & Warner Brothers didn't shut down production on Batman Dead End, did they? no. they should encourage fan ideas and fan films, not act like a bunch of paranoid freaks overprotecting their franchises like a bunch of school children who don't want to share their toys.
How about this, Nintendo, you start developing Metroid content that ISN'T some anime soap opera melodramatic bullshit, and THEN you shut down whatever you want.
The Legend Of Zelda A Hero Of Time, Dead. Irwin Rathore's Star Fox Movie, Dead. John Woo's Attempts At Metroid, Dead. even Metroid Enemies Within, Dead. man, if Nintendo keeps this up, there wont be any fans left to be loyal about.
bad move Nintendo. fan films should not be bothered by such a pointless thing as copyright. this is why Nintendo will never get a single film off the ground, is because they are way too overprotective of their franchises. did 20th Century Fox destroy Batman Dead End or the countless Star Wars Fan Films? I don't f***in think so. I am ashamed of Nintendo for doing this once again and it's getting way too ridiculous. this entire country has a real big copyright problem, and it goes to ridiculous lengths. that's a fact. now on dvd's, they have warning labels, in 50 different languages! has fair use become non existent? the fact that Nintendo has said no to every single fan film, or every single Hollywood idea for films, it becomes harder to feel sorry for them. and it's because there's no learning curve with them. Nintendo should think back to when they used to treat copyright more seriously like the Nintendo Vs Universal court case. even a company like Nintendo can suffer from their own mistakes. if you ask me, we will never see a single new Nintendo film ever again. well, what about the first attempt at a Nintendo film with Mario? "some may ask me" well, they need to move on from that or just learn to just f***in get over it. just because 1 bad film was made over 2 decades ago is not a good enough excuse to not try again. Pokemon was good, but that's all they've got. fan ideas are being ruined because of copyright claims like this and, from a professional point of view, it's down right embarrassing.
See it's a FAN FILM, you don't make money off other people's IPs.
^ This guy right here.
What dragonblade said. This is what happens when i get up in arms late at night. I know what i mean but end up saying something completely different,
Just like if someone was going to make a movie called "Batman": The true story" and Marvel shot it down? Or if someone was Kick starting a new beverage called "Coke-a-cola 2"?
Nah dude, this is completely legit use of copy-right to prevent people from missing with your IP. What is the movie had a very negative message or was offensive to some group ... would Nintendo be able to detach themselves from that message?
Fans need to learn likely something doesn't give you any special rights.
Christ, when will these people learn to stop using Kickstarter? They are making money from another IP and Kickstarter and Indigogo just makes this shit easier to find.
It's not Team Ninja's fault, it's Yoshi Sakamoto's fault. Team Ninja was only involved with gameplay, not story, they even WANTED to use the analogue stick in the nunchuck controller but Sakamoto insisted on using the Wiimote only.
If anything, Yoshio Sakamoto should be fired and the next Metroid given to someone who sees Samus the same way the rest of us see her.
Honestly: I think Nintendo has every right to shut this down. Even if they use 100% of the money on their movie, they still asked consumers to pay for it. It's a big difference between coughing up the dough for such a movie yourself or asking people who want to see the finished project to fund the project.