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Some IP Owners Not Upset With LBP User-Created Levels

Most of you are aware of the ongoing battle between user created levels in LittleBigPlanet and the constant issue of potential copyright infringement. It's a delicate situation on both sides, but here's some good news: not all companies view "copyright infringement" as a bad thing.

There has been a lot of talk about Sony erasing certain user-generated levels in LBP due to the use of licensed material. But has anyone considered the idea that such use could be both flattering and beneficial? According to a recent IGN interview with the founders of Media Molecule, certain companies don't have a problem with their IPs represented in fresh LBP creations. Said co-founder and CEO Alex Evans:

"But then there’s been these two mad positives; one was the high quality of the levels, including the infringing ones. The other point is the number of IP owners who came up to us and said please whitelist us – we’ll never ever ask you to pull infringing stuff. I can’t say who that is, but those two things really shocked me, I think it shocked [the IP holders], who were like, hang on, my IP’s being represented and it’s being represented really well."

The other interviewee, Kareem Ettouney, spoke about being forced to address each issue regarding copyrights and IPs, but he also said there's "a completely awesome side to it" as well. So far, some companies have reacted quickly - and in our opinion, harshly - to finding LBP users utilizing licensed material without permission. Granted, this is indeed a problem, but some people have already begun to see the light- unless the level in question is clearly mocking the material and can be construed as insulting, what's wrong with a little extra exposure via flattering fan portrayal?

In the near future, you may see a lot of different companies giving the green light to Media Molecule, which would continually lift restrictions on what you're not allowed to use in the generation of your own LBP level. There's always a silver lining, yes?

Related Game(s): LittleBigPlanet

12/29/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

N a S a H
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 11:15:47 AM
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It's advertising if anything. Well unless someone makes an anti-product level.

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The_Vandelizer
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 11:31:01 AM
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LBP Is the best where are the Killzone Custumes?

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Naga
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 12:02:28 PM
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It's not for sale you know EA I guess or maybe you Activision its fan made

Question?: If I made a Medievil level would it get removed?

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King James
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 12:33:51 PM
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Anybody have any idea which companies don't want LBP levels?

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Sir Shak
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 1:06:09 PM
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the dead space level is one of the most famous right now .

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eaglebaize
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 2:55:40 PM

:O I played that one! It was great! A must-play for anyone that hasn't already tried it! Anyways, it seems like all these Littlebigplanet levels that are based off other big games are somewhat free advertising. If I was a lead of a game dev company, I'd definately give the community the go on such levels. :D

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mustang750r
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 2:19:21 PM
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i remember reading that "a parody of a product or material isn't illegal." so i'm kinda confused about people getting their levels pulled of and stuff.

P.S. i'm on my PS3, so if this double posts i'm sorry :(

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 6:15:20 AM

It being legal isn't going to stop copy write owners from being angry. It's easier just to delete them then deal with possibly angry companies. Sony relies on a lot of them for advertising, no reason to piss on the hand that feeds you. But if Sony knows that there won't be angry people in their ear all the time then they have every reason to keep the levels up.

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shindelion
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 2:51:43 PM
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i just got this game and i have to say it's a blast!. my fiance loves it. making your own level is a very rich and original idea. I'm glad Sony and other company don't mine seeing some of there IP being made in the game.

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MetalHead09
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 3:02:47 PM
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thats cool and i was hoping more comanies would tell them we could do that. i dont have the game yet but the more time goes by the cooler it sounds.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 3:13:54 PM
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"But has anyone considered the idea that such use could be both flattering and beneficial?"

ME!! in an earlier post. I mean come on, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

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orangpelupa
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 9:55:45 PM
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woot! sony & media molecule really success bringing what was only available on PC games. Creating User created contents.

many pc games become interresting because the user created contents.
and with LBP, its really great. LBP (and MGS4) is the game that make me really want a PS3. luckyly my friend already have ps3 and i just go there to play >_<

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 29, 2008 @ 11:32:04 PM

Dude, let the PC games thing go. PC is over.

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Tatsujin
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 2:11:50 AM

Well, Pc isn't "Over" It's great for games such as World of Warcraft, Diablo, etc...

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 6:17:57 AM
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It makes me wonder what is to stop someone from creating a separate site to host all these deleted levels? The levels are just save files on your PS3 right? You could then back them up to a USB drive and upload them to a website some where. Then users could download them and transfer them over the PS3, kinda like the Unreal Tournament mods.

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AceTatsujin
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 9:48:21 PM
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Tell Sony to contact those companies!

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Lairfan
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 8:47:32 AM
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I'm somewhat glad this happened. The only level I've created so far was deleted two months ago, and I was pretty mad, to the point of me not playing the game for those 2 months. Now that they've somewhat fixed their crappy moderation policies (the only truly awful thing in LBP), I may play again.

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