Lucasfilm calls off copyright claim against Star Wars Theory fan film
Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 30 January 2019« Return to Reading Room
Proving that Lucasfilm and Disney aren’t always in sync, Lucasfilm block action by Disney over fan film.
This dispute started with YouTuber Star Wars Theory who wanted to create a Darth Vader fan film and release it on his YouTube channel.
Before doing so, he contacted Lucasfilm for their permission, who agreed to the film as long as it wasn’t made based on crowdfundings and no ads were placed in it.
The film was made and released and within three weeks gained over 7.2 million views.
However, Disney threw a spanner in the works contacting Star Wars Theory claiming that the use of a custom score which used part of the Imperial March score was a violation of their copyright and they will take action to remove the video, if he would not allow them to put ads in and gain the monetary value from them.
In 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, therefore the two entities should work as one and have a united front, but this was not the case here.
After backlash from the Star Wars community, Lucasfilm stepped into the dispute and ordered Disney to withdraw their copyright claim as the film was made with permission and the rules set by them had been followed.
This was actioned by Disney and the film will no longer have ads running in it and is no longer under threat.
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