Crowdfunders Trip Up on Copyrights

Large media companies have tolerated fan fiction for years as a way to (semi-) promote their properties and not offend rabid fans. But, some companies now believe that fan creativity with their intellectual property has gone too far.

Daily Dot is reporting that Nintendo’s copyright lawyers have pounced on the fan film Kickstarter campaign for “Metroid” forcing KS to take the campaign down and cancelling $20,000 of pledges. Even though the filmmakers said that the short was not for profit and was not endorsed or affiliated with Nintendo, the game company ” sent Kickstarter a Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice asserting its ownership of everything related to Metroid. “

http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/metroid-fan-film-kickstarter/

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About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-a-koeppel/0/63/5a9
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