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Warhammer 40K Fan Film Copyright Row

Copyright Law Scuppers Fan Film (BBC News Online; Tuesday 6th November 2007)

To be honest they should have sought permission before spending four years and 10,000 Euros making the film in the first place.

Sure it sucks from their point of view, and for a lot of fans who'd have probably liked to have seen the 110 minute fan film, but they really should have thought about this and got the correct legal permission.

The problem with 'fans' is that they get overexcited and run off and start producing their own things without thinking of the legal ramifications. Yes they ARE fans of the property but that is very different from OWNING it and being able to do, and commission, new works. Regardless how good and professional they may be.

It's a shame for the people involved but as an industry and professionals there is no other choice than to support GW with this call.

I'd love to see a 40K film at somepoint though.


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Nov. 6th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)

I'm betting that the bootlegged copy will be available to download over BitTorrent within a fortnight...

Nov. 6th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Nov. 7th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)

Probably yes - I'm also betting that the copyright holders will slap writs on anyone hosting it within 60 seconds of their legal Dept finding out about it too!

Nov. 6th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
As soon as it breaks, Can has torrent nao plz?
Nov. 7th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)


Nov. 6th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
it would be unfortunate if that happened, since any leak of the footage could only be traced directly back to the fans creating the film who would then be liable for massive legal penalties and possibly even jail time.

They've been told no, there will be consequences if they don't listen.
Nov. 7th, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)

Easy to do with plausible deniability if whoever does it is smart about it.

Nov. 6th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Wait, so the guys at Damnatus can't even give it to GW for GW to show?

That's bogus in huge ways.
Nov. 6th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
Seems that way.

Seems like German copyright law doesn't allow you to assign copyright in work you create to someone else - even if that 'someone else' is the rightful owner of the copyright of the works you've derived your work from.

Under that regime it appears that any authorisation by GW would leave the film-makers with far more rights with relationship to the film, the material, characters, and story used, and so on, than GW could allow.
Nov. 6th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
It's a shame really.
I've seen 2 "preview" clips of the film, and it looked very well done.
Ho hum
Nov. 6th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
A real shame.

But at least it means this hilarious petition video got made!
Nov. 6th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Hey ANgus, whats the news on displays at Dragonmeet?
Nov. 6th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
I've got your email from the old freeserve account over to my new account and will send you the trade pack tomorrow. I actually earmarked a spot for you until I could talk to you so there is space.

Nov. 7th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC)
Many thanks, will be talking to my lot to see what we can put together.
Nov. 6th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
PS, GW should have actually helped support this e.g. like George Lucas does for his fanbase, they should realise they need all the breaks they can get.
Nov. 7th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
It really is stupid that they have done this. GW should be doing everything to help support their fans, not drive them away yet again.
Nov. 7th, 2007 09:59 am (UTC)
I have to say that anyone dealing with GW, even as a fan, should know that they have legal commissars that make Ms Whiplash look pink and fluffy.

Went you post your army lists, you can't talk about anything other than final point values. And the will come and find you.

It's sad, but the nativity of these film makers is beyond words.
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