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Fan-made Star Wars game Galaxy in Turmoil could face legal issues

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Yesterday we told you that the Star Wars Battlefront 3 spiritual successor, Galaxy in Turmoil was set for release on Steam at some point in a galaxy far, far away. There have been questions about the legalities of it. Disney owns the Star Wars Licence, and developer Frontwire hasn’t got permission to use the ships, characters and locations you’ll find in their game.

According to Frontwire, they’re be okay though, because the game is free and falls under Fair Use.

“Our counsel has advised us that we currently fall into three of the four major defenses for Fair Use claims,” Frontwire president Tony Romanelli told GameInformer. “Due to the nature of the campaign we are developing, we can be classed as a parody. We’re re-imagining a lot of what Star Wars is as well by creating everything from the ground up. This includes models, textures, sounds, etc.”

If you’re not taking the piss, it doesn’t sounds like parody to me. Somebody who actually works with fair use in media, Morrison / Lee co-founder and of the Fair Use Protection Account Ryan Morrison says that the game is in no way fair use, and should expect to be slapped by Disney attorneys soon.

“You would be hard pressed to find a stronger advocate for fair use on the internet than myself, but this game is in no way fair use,” Morrison says. “It actually infuriates me to see people spreading such terrible misinformation throughout various websites, especially journalists, because it encourages other developers to do the same. It quite literally ruins lives. It doesn’t take more than a five second Google search to see this game has nothing to do with parody law. And if you further examine fair use, you will see it is a defense, not a right.

Not charging for your product is a factor in fair use, but not the end all be all. You can’t just remake a game start to finish, utilizing every asset of the original, and pretend it’s okay because it’s free. After so many games have been taken down over similar [circumstances], and after so many developers’ lives have been ruined from this, it’s just the definition of insanity at this point.“

“I love fair use, and I love free speech,” Morrison says. “This game is neither. Some free advice for the developer, take this game down yesterday.”

While the game doesn’t use the word Star Wars anywhere, or use any of the series’ music, the ships, characters and locations are all very much copyrighted material – and I don’t think that the game being free changes that.

Last Updated: June 7, 2016

22 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 7, 2016 at 12:33

    Yeah, this isn’t going to end well for them.

    Reply

  2. Ottokie

    June 7, 2016 at 12:34

    Called it!

    Reply

  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 7, 2016 at 12:36

    • Raptor Rants

      June 7, 2016 at 12:37

      animated it’s even creepier 0_0

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 7, 2016 at 12:38

        I have another one but with all the flashing it might cause seizures

        Reply

        • Raptor Rants

          June 7, 2016 at 12:39

          share

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 7, 2016 at 12:42

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            June 7, 2016 at 12:44

            that’s not too djslahlhldgah;hsdl;ldgj….. I mean to say, oisdhfgkkjlfd… dammit, seizure inducing…

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 7, 2016 at 12:45

            *Foaming intensifies

          • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

            June 7, 2016 at 13:42

            xD

          • Original Heretic

            June 7, 2016 at 12:56

            MY EYEEEEESSSSSS! NYET!!

    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      June 7, 2016 at 12:43

      I can hear Nic Cage going ooweeooweeoowee…

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 7, 2016 at 12:45

        I can hear him reciting the alphabet

        Reply

        • Greylingad[He Charges!]

          June 7, 2016 at 12:48

          HAHAHAHAHA!!!

          Zee…dammit man! It’s Zed!!

          Reply

  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 7, 2016 at 12:37

    Frontwire’s own galaxy is in turmoil?

    Reply

  5. Raptor Rants

    June 7, 2016 at 12:39

    On a different note:
    WELCOME BACK GEOFF!!!!!

    Reply

  6. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 7, 2016 at 12:44

    Maybe Disney can buy the game from them and release it, I’ll bet it will be ten times better than Battlefront

    Reply

    • Original Heretic

      June 7, 2016 at 12:56

      Oooooh, a Disney Burn. Put some mouse ears on it and send it their way. That’ll teach them to run such a Mickey Mouse corporation.

      Reply

  7. Galbedir

    June 7, 2016 at 13:08

    I saw this article yesterday, I gave it a week before it got into legal issues. I’m more surprised by how quickly it happened.

    Reply

  8. BakedBagel

    June 7, 2016 at 14:29

    I lost faith in the Starwars game franchise in 2009.

    I will be illegally downloading this game.

    Just to have a sweet sweeeeet fu to EA

    Reply

  9. chimera_85

    June 10, 2016 at 08:46

    Damn 🙁

    Reply

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