Square Enix puts a stop to one Final Fantasy VII fan’s 3D-printed sprite selling operation
Earlier this month, Square Enix exercised its legal muscle when it shutdown a fan-made, non-profit Final Fantasy VII inspired webseries that was raising its funding through a Kickstarter campaign. Little did Square’s legal team know, another Final Fantasy VII related case of “copyright infringement” would pop-up just weeks later to provide another workout.
And these little guys are the root cause of all the trouble.
Digital artist Joaquin Baldwin unexpectedly took the Internet by storm, when his line of 3D printed Final Fantasy VII figurines (which he was selling for $14-$30 a piece, $60 in the case of one of the bigger ones) popped up on Reddit. Shortly thereafter, his Shapeways account was flooded with orders from his fellow Fantasy Fanatics who wanted perfectly crafted sprites of their own.
I get what you're saying, but i wasn't only talking about SE. I meant all companies in general would suffer from fan people doing what they want with their products.
I don't know whats going on with SE inside their company, but it sounds like they've made some mistakes lol. But maybe they just don't have the time to do those extra things and are focusing on games, I have no clue.
I don't think people would really do any worse damage to the Final Fantasy brand then Square-Enix, if anything, the people are doing Final Fantasy better justice. Why doesn't Square-Enix just fund these stuff themselves? Why concentrate on this Lightning Saga if they could finance an independent Final Fantasy VII mini-series which would better than anything Hollywood could produce.
Why doesn't Square-Enix make polygon models of FFVII characters themselves? They would be more charming and less expensive to make.
Since Square-Enix gave their fans the middle finger over and over, why NOT give them the middle finger back? It's always their fault no matter what.
Think of it this way. If companies and other crap just let people do what they want and break copyright laws etc, then that's just gonna make people think "hey, i can do this too!" and then we're all in some shit lol
It's SQUARE-ENIX! They have LOADS of money so they shouldn't need shitty iphone games to finance their projects other we would've seen Peggle or Zynga make a triple A game of HD consoles already.
People have been mad at Square-Enix for years, why stop now?
Sorry for the late reply.
But is SQUARE-ENIX! They've been the centre of controversy over the years with decline in the quality of their titles and a series of bad decisions. If they haven't done anything right since the released of Final Fantasy XIII, why should they be right now?
I personally think Chrono Trigger doesn't need a remake because it still looks good. What they should do is make another Chrono game. Perhaps explain what happened to Crono and the others or give us more knowledge on what Lavos is etc.
Are people using machines? or are they making it by hand? if there making it buy hand that's like me taking a sprite image and making it on minecraft. I do not need permission to sell something i made by hand or else fan art in general would be destroyed and trust me that's sold ALL the time. the KEY difference is crafted BY HAND. Glue beads together whether a reference image or sprite is used, but if a computer uses beads as its template structure and takes a officially crafted sprite to print with beads.. Another story entirely
if you did zero work in physical world the process it's stolen or used inappropriately.. Bead crafting by hand good, bead printing bad. Small details make a huge difference in a grey area.
Sadly, that isn't the case for SE. A 3D Chrono Trigger remake would have made millions. They C&D it and only made a port.
Bead sprites used images ripped from the games. And in some cases made by people on the internet (and without permission in some cases). This is the same thing, except with statues instead of beads.
Why now? Did you read the article?
I would totally take one of Rude adjusting his glasses...
That man was badass.
I completely understand that Square Enix had every right to shut this project down, but was protecting the IP really worth it (not just in this case, but during many instances where C&Ds ruin potentially awesome projects)? I thought that after all these years of fans trying to make extremely amazing work, that often outshine what the actual companies come up with, the IP owners might want to try collaborating with these dedicated fans, instead of denying them and ultimately making their audience upset. That way, fans can make some money without worrying about copyright infringement, and the companies in charge can rest assured that their IP remains in their possession.
They'll probably end up making them themselves now that they know they can make some money. I would sure as hell start doing it if I were a business and wouldn't give a damn how "cruel" it is because the other dude started doing it first. It's my product therefore I'm going to profit from it. Muahahaha!! lol I could've sued him.
yeah, that would've been the smartest approach instead of just doing it. It doesn't matter how good the cause is, you still need to follow the rules. There's a reason we have laws in the first place.
Lol that has nothing to do with the topic. Maybe they need to make their iphone games to bring in more money so they can make bigger games. Making games is expensive as hell. Maybe SE should start making those figures and sell them since it's their product. But in all seriousness, we all gotta follow the copyright laws and nobody should be getting mad at SE for this.
I understand legalities and copyrights and the like...but GOD DAMN IT SQUARE ENIX if you're not going to do cool things with your most popular characters, at least let someone. I wasn't excited about the webseries that got shut down but I saw these figures and instantly wanted to order some. Thanks a lot "Buzz Killington"!
I'm not surprise,although I Kinda wish this guy would at least attempt to approach square again to make a more legitimate deal for selling these things(the figurines are honestly pretty cool, and would probably make lots of money if they could legally make it to market).
Good Lord... When will people learn to actually give CREDIT and PERMISSION from the original creators of their own stuff? But, at least the guy was calm about the situation. Props to him.
When will people learn that you have to pay for the rights to use someone else's work to make money off of it.
The maker of the figures was directly profiting from S-E's IP without their permission. That is the definition of copyright infringement, which as much as it sucks, puts S-E firmly in the right in that case. In fact, I'd also be tempted to say they were in the right on the FFVII webseries, since even though they may claim it wasn't for profit, it was still being funded by a Kickstarter.