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Rikof
08-05-2006, 12:52 PM
I hope this isn't mentioned yet. If it was my apologies.


"YouTube removed all parody/fanfilm/spoof Star Wars content three days ago due to copyright violation. Lucasfilm contacted YouTube, and told them to put it all back online - every last one."

http://blogs.starwars.com/lucasonline/54

Xevious
08-05-2006, 02:57 PM
Smart move on Lucasfilm. They have always been fan friendly though when it comes to outside content.

JeroenDStout
08-05-2006, 04:17 PM
If you read the blog it actually says it was a misunderstanding on the side of YouTube.

Lucasfilm has been informed that YouTube recently removed from its site several fan-made Star Wars spoofs and parodies. We would like the fan film community to know that this was not done at our request.

Apparently the action was taken by YouTube as a result of a misunderstanding of a request to remove an item containing material taken from starwars.com without our permission. We have asked YouTube to restore any works that they inadvertently removed.
It isn't that heroic from Lucasfilm.

Spoofs aren't even copyright infringement per-sť, actually.

chrisbeaver
08-05-2006, 05:20 PM
Weren't they safe to begin with? I thought I remembered Star Wars being declared a public-domain franchise after Reagan used the name for his death beam plan.

richcz3
08-05-2006, 06:06 PM
Weren't they safe to begin with? I thought I remembered Star Wars being declared a public-domain franchise after Reagan used the name for his death beam plan.Quite the contrary. Lucas/lawyers et al sued the administration to prohibit the general use of the term "Star Wars". Some months later the administration changed the official name to the "Strategic Defense Initiative" and officially that is the is the name used today.

visionmaster2
08-05-2006, 06:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5blbv4WFriM&eurl=

ThePumpkinKing
08-05-2006, 08:39 PM
That's a really cool thing of lucasfilm to do. I guess that's how Star Wars became so big, because George Lucas was so enthusiastic about incorporating the fandom into the star wars universe.

heavyness
08-05-2006, 08:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58ozRAfDP5k

MrPositive
08-05-2006, 09:23 PM
I don't care what you guys say, but I think that is fantastic of LucasFilm to do. They have even held their own parodies and short films contests in the past and support creativity with their work.

And of course my faves:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22Lx016uPSo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkjUiGkKp_o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO3WRkVMF2M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k78KEpW4Jz4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE_jSvimsBo

grrinc
08-05-2006, 10:34 PM
It isn't that heroic from Lucasfilm.

Spoofs aren't even copyright infringement per-sť, actually.

Perhaps. But that doesn't stop most big companies getting shirty about these things. For LucasFilm to actually encourage YouTube to show these is a heroic gesture.

soulburn3d
08-06-2006, 12:50 AM
Quite the contrary. Lucas/lawyers et al sued the administration to prohibit the general use of the term "Star Wars". Some months later the administration changed the official name to the "Strategic Defense Initiative" and officially that is the is the name used today.

So you're saying the US gov caved to Lucas? Wow, now that's power.

- Neil

MrPositive
08-06-2006, 01:50 AM
So you're saying the US gov caved to Lucas? Wow, now that's power.

- Neil

The ultimate power in the universe!

EricBartlett
08-06-2006, 02:26 AM
Gotta love this one :D (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A0rwG39Jzk)

talos72
08-06-2006, 05:00 PM
Quite the contrary. Lucas/lawyers et al sued the administration to prohibit the general use of the term "Star Wars". Some months later the administration changed the official name to the "Strategic Defense Initiative" and officially that is the is the name used today.



I can't understand how Lucas can copyright two such common words "star" and "wars" (even if put together). It's like copyrighting the words "sausage links". Also, from what I gathered, I thought movie names are not copyright-able unless containing special names or something. If you check IMDB, you will find many films with the same name! Can someone clarify how this stuff works?

spmonahan
08-06-2006, 07:32 PM
I can't understand how Lucas can copyright two such common words "star" and "wars" (even if put together). It's like copyrighting the words "sausage links". Also, from what I gathered, I thought movie names are not copyright-able unless containing special names or something. If you check IMDB, you will find many films with the same name! Can someone clarify how this stuff works?

I believe it's Star Wars (TM) not Star Wars (C).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark

zappenduster
08-07-2006, 12:09 AM
I can't understand how Lucas can copyright two such common words "star" and "wars" (even if put together). It's like copyrighting the words "sausage links". Also, from what I gathered, I thought movie names are not copyright-able unless containing special names or something. If you check IMDB, you will find many films with the same name! Can someone clarify how this stuff works?

german telekom tried one time to copyright the color magenta and the character "T" and i cant remember if they suceded but they came very far with that

and intel sued a site "dvd-inside.de" on infriction with their intel inside motto and won

so much for that

Jon A. Bell
08-07-2006, 12:33 AM
Quite the contrary. Lucas/lawyers et al sued the administration to prohibit the general use of the term "Star Wars". Some months later the administration changed the official name to the "Strategic Defense Initiative" and officially that is the is the name used today.

The administration name was always "SDI," or the Strategic Defense Initiative. It was AFTER Reagan gave his speech introducing the missile defense concept that reporters and newspaper columnists started referring to it (derisively) as his "Star Wars speech." The term "Star Wars" then came to be synonymous with the SDI concept, and was used constantly by the mass media instead of "SDI."

-- Jon

XLNT-3d
08-07-2006, 03:34 AM
So you're saying the US gov caved to Lucas? Wow, now that's power.

- Neil

It was probably a Hollywood thing. Remember, Ronald Reagan was an actor before a politician. He probably had to keep his Actor's Guild membership active.

pearson
08-07-2006, 06:18 AM
I can't understand how Lucas can copyright two such common words "star" and "wars" (even if put together). It's like copyrighting the words "sausage links".I don't get this either, but it is possible. Just look at how MS successfully defended "Windows" from that "Lindows" OS.

Airflow
08-07-2006, 06:21 AM
The Farce is strong in this one....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K698uM0083Y

could not stop laughing for nearly 5 minutes

RobertoOrtiz
08-17-2006, 04:32 PM
UPDATE!:
Lucasfilm has been informed that YouTube recently removed from its site several fan-made Star Wars (http://www.theforce.net/fanfilms/story/Lucasfilm_Addresses_YouTubecom_Actions_With_Fan_Films_99607.asp#) spoofs and parodies. We would like the fan film community to know that this was not done at our request. Apparently the action was taken by YouTube as a result of a misunderstanding of a request to remove an item containing material taken from starwars.com without our permission. We have asked YouTube to restore any works that they inadvertently removed.

>>LINK<< (http://www.theforce.net/fanfilms/story/Lucasfilm_Addresses_YouTubecom_Actions_With_Fan_Films_99607.asp)

-R

cookepuss
08-17-2006, 06:24 PM
Roberto, read the 3rd post of this thread. Your update is about 2 weeks old now.

JeroenDStout
08-17-2006, 07:05 PM
If the echo of my post took 2 weeks, that means this forum is how deep ;)?

RobertoOrtiz
08-17-2006, 07:10 PM
echo0000....
:)

-R

Geta-Ve
08-18-2006, 09:36 AM
l0cati000nn

-M

mynewcat
08-18-2006, 01:53 PM
So you're saying the US gov caved to Lucas? Wow, now that's power.

- Neil

I guess the ability to destroy a communist regime is insignificant compared to the power of the Force.

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