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Crystal Dynamics movies - legal issues
« on: July 21, 2004, 07:05:22 pm »

the 3do movies are illegal to distribute officaly in UQM but how about the audio? for example if *SOMEONE:P* makes a remake movie is it legal to use the audio and use it as offical intro in the game?

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Re: Crystal Dynamics movies - legal issues
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2004, 08:58:10 pm »

Your mileage may vary, but the audio as well as the video are covered under U.S. copyright law; so it wouldn't be distributable in the U.S.A.  However, if you ask the Remixing Team very nicely, you can probably rope one of them into re-mastering the intro music (thus getting around the copyright problem, it'd be an original work then) and I'm sure a voice actor or two might turn up willing to record the narration if you go looking for one.  I have a friend who might be willing, but he's male, and you'd probably wantv a female voice to match the 3DO version.

Of course, storyboarding a completely new and original intro wouldn't be a terrible idea, either.  The 3DO intro movies are OK, but by modern standards they're a little "flat".
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Re: Crystal Dynamics movies - legal issues
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2004, 10:12:24 pm »

Could you not just ask the makers for permission? That seems a lot easier......  :-/
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Re: Crystal Dynamics movies - legal issues
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2004, 10:45:44 pm »

I'm actually not sure whether it's only the animation for which the copyright is not held by TFB, or the accompanying audio too.
Considering that Paul's family contributed to speech in the ending sequence, I wouldn't be surprised if the former was the case. You'd have to ask them.
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Re: Crystal Dynamics movies - legal issues
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2004, 01:13:00 am »

What about the Sc2 PC intro scene?
Maybe someone could remix the intro music (so that it resembles it a lot, but it is different) and someone else could redraw/rerender/resomething the stills in the Sc2 PC intro scene?
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