Posts Tagged ‘Ars Technica’

What Will The Big Mouse Do About Star Wars Fanfic?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Now that George Lucas has announced he’s selling Lucasfilm, including Star Wars, to Disney, the big question in my mind is what will happen to Star Wars fan fiction?

Lucas has long been welcoming of fanfic adaptations of his Star Wars properties. The House of the Mouse, on the other hand, has long been the leader in pursuing ever larger copyright entitlements, dismissing issues of cultural and expressive freedom.

So, will the copyright stormtroopers be coming after camcorder-weilding Star Wars geeks?

Joe Mullin tackles the issue on Ars Technica: Disney owns Lucasfilm: will it have room for Star Wars fan movies?

Mullin’s post includes an embedded YouTube video with an awesome Cops spoof featuring stormtroopers. It’s so awesome, I’ll just embed it here, too.

You can’t tell me the world’s not a little bit better when Hollywood outsiders can create and distribute gems like this:

New Level of Crazy as Righthaven Sues Eriq Gardner then Pulls Back

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

A reproduction of a reproduction of a reproduction of a reproduction of the photo. (Photo credit: Ay yay yay yay. I have a headache.)

Wow, this is crazy even for Righthaven.

The copyright thugster sued reporter Eriq Gardner for copyright infringement for posting on Ars Technica a photo reproduced in one of Righthaven’s own lawsuit filings. They then voluntarily dismissed the suit.