“We Need to Protect our Intellectual Property Rights”
Last week, Ryan Bloom told you about the sudden and unexpected pull of Sega fan game Streets of Rage Remake from the Internet. Today, Kotaku’s Michael McWhertor received a formal response on the matter from Sega Europe, and if their words don’t make you cringe a bit, they should.
“SEGA is committed to supporting any fans that take an interest in our games, and where possible we do so by involving them in Beta tests and other development, marketing or research opportunities,” said the unnamed contact on the record with Kotaku. “However we need to protect our intellectual property rights and this may result in us requesting that our fans remove online imagery, videos or games in some instances.”
As noted in Ryan’s previous story, Sega was made aware of SORR’s intentions via a letter, and aired no concerns then. The move, for some, is seen as hypocritical. One commenter to the Kotaku article, revealed below as Mentski, noted how this project was treated compared to many Sonic fan projects over the years, including the Sonic Amateur Games Expo:
Interesting that Sega don’t do anything to remove games and hacks made by the Sonic fan community [….] to the extent that one of their community guys was a special guest at the recent Sonic Fangame Expo.
But a bunch of guys with love for a 16 years dead franchise make a labour of love which quite literally takes the 3 original games and improves on them in every way? Bring out the C&D Hammer!
But in light of SORR’s quick exit pared with Sega Europe’s blanket statement, perhaps it is time for SFG makers to worry, in particular with titles like Sonic Fan Remix and Sonic 2 HD stealing the show. The former, even in its early state, was praised as being better than Sega’s own Sonic 4: Episode I, according the the attention SFR received in Game Informer magazine.
What do you think? Is it time to ring the alarm bells, or do you find tampering with one of the largest areas of Sonic fandom too risky for Sega? Tell us below in the comments.