This is a narrow-minded article that left a permanent palm imprint on my face, and there aren't enough words to fully explain my contempt for what's being said here. Square Enix did not protect their assets. They led a personal attack on their fanbase which is only going to harm them. However you want to justify Square Enix's legal rights, and even those aren't 100% clear, it's a stupid move from a business perspective. Allowing it would NOT set some dangerous precedent - it would set a useful one. Giving fans confidence and justification for putting hours of their lives into making alternate content that does nothing but promote the brand is a win-win situation.Sean Sands said:Imitation is the Sincerest Form
The guys who made Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes should've seen Square Enix's cease and desist letter coming a mile away.
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The fans were just filling a demand that Squeenix wasn't, and it served to benefit Squeenix.
It doesn't come off as some cartoony cliche to me. It comes off as unadulterated stupidty. And I have no sympathy for the fans who made this game either, as they should definitely have fought to release their fan game.
By the way, it's a misconception that copyright is made to protect private business. It's meant to fuel science and art - it's a tool to increase innovation and creation of original works.
I hope more and more people became aware of misfortunes that strict enforcement of copyright cause. Maybe that way, we can get a blanket law that protects all fan-created non-profit work under the "fair use" rule. And the punishment of stupid companies that abuse and misuse DMCA takedown notices would be ideal as well. It's time to start protecting consumers, who stand by ignorantly as their rights are taken away. Corporations have more than enough protection for no apparent reason, and it's ruining the very point of copyright. Even many people well-versed in copyright will tell you that whole system needs to be restructured.