The DMCA, aside from generally being a really shitty law, is a useful weapon for both trolling and censorship alike, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was the former.
@Neo Chaos: I don't personally believe either of those reasons really hold water:
- Anyone who thinks the comic violence in the game is misrepresents the show has clearly not watched the show. Fluttershy beat the shit of a bear, once. Granted, it was therapeutic, but still. The cast members have suffered a variety of injuries for a variety of reasons. Mostly for comedy. Now, if it was less lighthearted, you might have a point, but the game fits with the show's tone fine.
- The second point is actually entirely wrong, but to humor you, that can also be easily covered by Hasbro acknowledging the game's existence of the game and working something out with the game's creators, or simply acknowledging as a fan-made derivative content of high quality that they approve of, which makes it clear that they'll only let some things slide on a case-by-case basis. This is far from unheard of when it comes to fan games. Lucasfilms, right up until their acquisition by Disney, for example, was known to be very supportive of fan films.
Oh, and by the way? Hasbro can police their own copyrights as selectively as they want. Hell, this site's own article on copyright outright states this.
I personally don't believe copyright holders should be so trigger-happy when it comes to taking down derivative works. The internet is a place where communications are "many to many", rather than "one to many". The traditional ecosystem is breaking down completely as time goes on, and copyright is unable to keep up with the advances of technology. More and more people are becoming 'creators' instead of simply 'consumers', many of whom are more than willing to give back to the entertainment they enjoy, in a variety of ways. It baffles me why IP holders don't embrace it. As long as they make the effort to clearly make fan-works distinct from 'official' content, they could easily promote large amounts of awareness for their I Ps
and perhaps even make some money in the process. I mean, good grief, as previously mentioned, Valve and Capcom of America are already doing this, with Black Mesa
being prepared for official Steam release and Megaman X Street Fighter
being officially promoted as an excellent gesture of goodwill when Capcom of Japan seem to be intent on killing off their mascot franchise.
I hope Mane 6 manages to sort something out with Hasbro, otherwise...
edited 11th Feb '13 3:34:15 AM by Cronosonic