Game Maker Sends Takedown Notice for Final Fantasy Characters
(3Ders.org) Japanese-based games maker Square Enix sent a takedown notice to Shapeways to remove artist Joaquin Baldwin’s 3D printed full set of Final Fantasy VII characters. Shapeways in turn immediately complied and Baldwin began offering refunds to buyers whose orders were still in processing.
“Standard procedure,” Baldwin said, “just like a video in YouTube using copyrighted music can be pulled down.” It all happened very fast, he said. “I only made that whole set recently, and I posted the full new set of secondary characters two days ago, when I guess I exploded the Internet.” Baldwin said he never contacted Square Enix about licensing the designs or to obtain their authorization
Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen told CNET in a statement. “In order to comply with the DMCA and protect intellectual property right owners, we follow a strict takedown process as explained in our Content policy.”