You think you're making a cool cosplay music video, and then Square Enix slaps you with a lawsuit, and you're forced to pay $325,000 for paying tribute (*cough*) to one of their properties.
That's exactly what happened to Korean producer “Phantom Productions.” It seems that they used unauthorized bits and pieces of the Final Fantasy VII Advent Children film in their video. That was f-up number one. The other, of course, was that they used the video for commercial purposes. Korean courts sided with Square Enix, and the makers were ordered to pay 400,000,000 won ($325,000) settlement for copyright violation, says Sankaku Complex.
Those with a Nico Nico Douga account (Japanese) can watch the video here. The rest can check it out at Sankaku. If you can read Japanese, the viewers are laughing heartily, especially at the mid-video dance sequence.
If I was Square Enix and saw this piece of sh*t, I'd sue too.
[Update: English-language press release was just sent out on this suit over “Sonata of Temptation” by popular Korean pop singer IVY. Check out the full release after the jump.]
Tokyo, Japan (August 5, 2009) Square Enix Co., Ltd.’s (Square Enix) copyright infringement lawsuit against Korean entertainment production company Fantom Entertainment Group (Fantom) and music video producer Hong Jeong-ho resulted in a damage award of 300 Million Korean Won (approx. US$244,000) to Square Enix at the conclusion of the trial in March 2008. Following an appeal lodged by the defendants, on July 3, 2009, the Seoul High Court ruled that Fantom and Hong Jeong-ho should pay 400 Million Korean Won (approx. US$326,000) to Square Enix.
In light of this development, Mr. Yasuhiko Hasegawa, Square Enix's General Counsel: “We have been consistent in our claims during this lawsuit regarding the value of FINAL FANTASY® VII ADVENT CHILDRENTM and our FINAL FANTASY series, as well as the damages the company has suffered as a result of the modification and adaptation made without obtaining permission. The initial amount awarded in this case, 300 Million Korean Won, was the largest the courts in South Korea have ever awarded in cases infringing one single work of art, and having this figure increased to 400 Million Korean Won following an appeal by the defendants is further affirmation of the severity of this copyright infringement as well as the recognition and value the FINAL FANTASY series has attained in South Korea. Square Enix will continue to take decisive action against any infringements upon our intellectual property, recognizing that this property is one of our most crucial resources.”
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