There are a number of learned legal opinions coming in on the WoWGlider situation: The Electronic Frontier Foundation Senior Copyright Counsel for Google Virtually Blind It’s 1am here, so I’m going to hold off on analysis from a Machinima perspective until tomorrow. However, comments welcomed.
Oh, dear. The decision on the WowGlider case is in, and it doesn’t look good. We’ll have legal commentary on this as soon as we can talk to someone who knows about this law stuff. But it might well be that US Machinimators just became even more limited, at least in theory.
Here at Machinimafordummies Towers, we recently received an email from a guy looking to put together a racing scene. Now, I’ve seen a few pieces of racing Machinima in my time, but it’s always been a minority interest, with nothing like the pull of the flight-sim scene, say. But a bit of Googling around did come up with a very impressive-looking, highly-modded engine that he could use. It’s called rFactor, and apparently it’s independent (which means it’d be easier to negotiate some kind of license for commercial work), it’s highly moddable (the official site has dozens of varied addons), fairly pretty (not at the level of the latest racing games, but good enough to play onscreen), and has full camera and replay tools.
I don’t know about you, but if I were Head Honcho at Bioware, the thing keeping me up at night would be “Gosh darn it, we simply haven’t hired enough top class machinimators yet”. Well, they’ve just added Leo ‘Dr Nemesis’ Lucien to their roster. Leo is the man behind Binary Picture Show, and the creator of seminal machinima pieces such as Beast (which, regular readers may recall, I quite liked).
We kinda won. Certainly, there’s a good chance the legislation will be de-fanged. See http://stealth.strangecompany.org for more info.
The producer of This American Life on getting good at creating by starting bad. Man. This is one of the best pieces on the creative life, how to make good films, how to work through the bits where you know you’re not making good films, that I’ve ever heard. Please, everyone in the Machinima world, listen to this one. P.S. - so, Overman, you’re all kinds of right with your current approach.
BoingBoing links to this guide to making online videos reusing copyrighted content. It’s long and rather hard going, but provides invaluable tips for anyone making Machinima using any materials copyrighted by someone else. (Sadly it’s US-centric, of course.) For example, did you know that making “frag videos” memorialising a performance in a game is actually clearly Fair Use? Very interesting.
We interrupt your normal Machinima for some really, really bad news. You remember that proposal to remove internet access for filesharers after three infringements? The one that was blatantly excessive and bloody worrying? Well, someone at the EU looks to be planning to stealth it through on MONDAY! Professor Lillian Edwards of the University of Southhampton has an article on the subject. It’s tough going, but you need to read this - she’s one of the UK’s foremost experts on Internet law, and she lays out just what’s so very, very bad about this whole thing.
If you make machinima using World of Warcraft, or even if you’ve ever thought about doing so, this post is for you. Your life just got a whole lot easier. Over at WowInsider, moo Money posts about a new WoW machinima tool from Mads ‘Malu05’ Lund. This is the most feature-rich WoW machinima tool in existence, to the best of my knowledge, and it’s going to blow your mind. It’s not yet clear whether this tool requires you to run a private World of Warcraft server or whether it operates client-side only on the official WoW servers.
Books in the For Dummies … series traditionally end with a section called The Part Of Tens, which consists of lists of ten related items, points or tips. Some of them are amusing, some of them are useful, and the best of the bunch are both at once. For Machinima For Dummies, our “Tens” included Ten Machinima Sites To Bookmark, Ten Machinima Films You Must Watch and Ten Ways To Ruin Your Machinima Movie.