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    Kol Drake
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    “Lightsaber battles nixed by Lucasfilm lawyers”

    Actually, it’s more like DISNEY lawyers. They have a habit of suing for just about anything and everything… because Disney ‘owns it all’…. or in their own mind they think they do.

    >> Lightsaber battles nixed by Lucasfilm lawyers << * * * * * * * * * *

    Lucasfilm aggresively protects brand, no unlicensed lightsabers

    Bruce Brown — April 10, 2016 — Yahoo! News

    You don’t mess with Jedi, or their lawyers. A group that hosted free and increasingly popular lightsaber battles in the U.S. and Canada got skewered by Lucasfilm attorneys protecting the film franchise’s brand, as reported on Siliconbeat, the Mercury News tech blog. The end result? Cat fights in space, with swords.

    For eight years New York and Toronto-based event company Newmindspace had been hosting lightsaber battles. Earlier this year Newmindspace was contacted by Lucasfilm lawyers who were not at all happy that an unlicensed company (meaning no economic benefit for Lucasfilm) was using what the mouthpieces considered protected intellectual property. Hmmm, sense it makes.

    You can’t start using terms like Jedi, Yoda, Sith, The Force, or even lightsaber without a license. Chances are the growing attendance at the lightsaber battles caused a deep enough disturbance in the Force to awaken a trusted sentinel. In December nearly 10,000 people showed up to battle with the shiny Jedi weapons, with 2000 attendees in San Francisco. Apparently an officially licensed Jedi discovered that mind tricks weren’t enough to stop the battles and called in reinforcements.

    Newmindspace did try for middle ground, calling the events “The Light Battle Tour” and the weapons “light swords,” but those didn’t fly, either. The message came through more clear than a hologram that Lucasfilm really meant it: no infringement, not even anything close.

    Quick to respond to the attorneys’ request, Newmindspace changed the event and weapon names again, faster than 12 parsecs perhaps, and now host Cat Tours in Space in multiple cities, with cats fighting with catblades. So stock up on cat whiskers, redub your weapons feline fighting tools, and get ready for a cat fight. May the means for peace and unity be with you.

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    Please note: I put DISNEY in the title because Disney bought out Lucasfilms and the Star Wars properties. Using the LucasFilms label keeps ‘the House the Mouse Built’ a step removed from the negative feedback from lawsuits. Just remember — when George Lucas was ‘in charge’ / owned the property — he encouraged the fans to BE fans. Heck, he even had an annual fan appreciation award for best fan shorts, etc. Hence my targeting Disney — as they have a long history of suing for any object with 3 spheres (infringing on trademark of ‘Mickey’s head & ears’, etc.) .

    #190773
    Jax
    Keymaster

    This is a bit disturbing…

    #190774
    Kol Drake
    Moderator

    Indeed.

    It makes one wonder how long places such as the IJRS can survive as a ‘fan forum’ before some beady eyed lawyer decides Jediism and Jedi Realists are ‘copyright infringements’ too.

    #190781
    Jedi_Phoenix
    Moderator

    Guess we become cat realists….

    #190797
    oakjedi
    Participant

    The difference is profit making. Disney comes after you when you try to make a profit on their licensed items. The group they came after organized the huge event sold lightsabers and didn’t get proper permits and ultimately a park got trashed. They also tried to draw attention to themselves by promoting it as a world-record-breaking event. I think Disney went way overboard, but this group practically dared them to come after them.

    #190879
    Jax
    Keymaster

    Thank you for that clarification Jovi. That’s good to know!

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