for the mildly annoyed:
for the pissed off:
for the I'm so f-ing angry I'm going to pop an artery!:
From the US Copyright Office:
"WHO MAY PREPARE A DERIVATIVE WORK?
Only the owner of copyright in a work has the right to prepare, or to authorize someone else to create, a new version of that work."
In this case, that would be George Lucas.
This is info on FAIR USE.
It does seem kind of ridiculous to go after small timers.
And just be glad Lando isn't in the Jedi poster. If he was, his face would be in Han's .. uh... personnel department.
I didn't intend to scare people with my post, just explaining what IMHO is the reasoning behind the OOT dvd release. Lucas has to reaffirm his ownership of the original version of Star Wars that he disowned when he said "it doesn't really exist." It's simply a business decision.
I'm not a lawyer but I do have some knowledge of copywrite law. All fan edits are in violation of copywrite. Even if you own the original source. Technically you could be sued for doing it. Realistically, who's going to bother suing one guy for tinkering? There really isn't any damages or loss of income incurred. And the cost of the lawyers would be far more than any puny judgement you could get against a fan editor. Not to mention the cost of bad publicity from suing your own fans.
If you distribute your fan edit though, that's a whole nother ball o wax.
It's unlikely that LFL will try and shut down this forum. They've already learned from past experience it's not wise to upset fans - especially on the internet where the fans can tell the whole world about it. If it were me running this forum, I would remove the Star Wars torrents thread (to avoid any niteshdw type incident) and have a disclaimer that the site is not official or authorized by LucasFilm. As far as the XO project goes, as long as it's promoted as a scholarly attempt at restoring and preserving a Laserdisc copy of Star Wars for posterity, and is not distributed to the public, you're probably not going to be sued.
"The other movie, it’s on VHS, if anybody wants it. ... ... it doesn’t really exist anymore."
His lawyers must have shit enough bricks to build a great wall along the mexican border. That statement would make it almost impossible to sue anybody for copying/distributing copies of the real Star Wars. How could he claim damages resulting from someone copying something that "doesn't really exist anymore?" The release of "the other movie" on dvd will change that. He'll be able to claim lost revenues for this dvd. He'll be able to sue anyone copying and/or distributing copies of TRSW and he'll win in court.
He probably wasn't lying when he said the OOT would never be released on dvd. His lawyers on the other hand, after he made the foolish statement quoted above, obviously let him know only an idiot would disown a piece of work that is such a huge money maker. A good lesson for all artists, don't ever disown a piece of work no matter how much you despise it, it may cost you considerable $$ down the road.
On the positive side, at least you get the OOT on dvd like you've always wanted! Too bad you have to buy the crap versions too! But Lucas is still the selfish fat hack he's always been. (Gee, can you tell I still hate his fatnecked guts?)
Who here can translate this?
I think its portuguese and it says "to collaborate attracts friends to compete attracts enemies" or something along those lines...
I think the link still works...