Poll: Should IP Owners Allow Fan Projects?

Game development team and My Little Pony fans Mane6 were working on a pretty cool looking fighting game based on Hasbro's license.  The only problem?  It's Hasbro's license and Hasbro said "no."

Same thing happened last December to an unauthorized My Little Pony MMO.

You see this a lot.  Uber fans express their love of a particular property by making a video game (or comic, or animation) based on it.  They dump a ton of time into these projects only to be slapped with a cease and desist from the copyright holder.

It's a damn shame because many of these projects look like they could be pretty cool.  Which begs the question: Should IP owners allow fan projects like the My Little Pony fighting game?  Should the Hasbros of the world just sit back and enjoy the free advertising?  Maybe you think such projects should be permissible under certain restrictions such as being not-for-profit and clearly labeled as unofficial?

Or maybe you think fans should just create their own characters.

Vote in the poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments or in an email to SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com.  EZK and I will discuss this topic and reveal the results of the poll on next week's podcast.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen is not a brony but that's probably only because he's never seen the show.

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