Bad news for everyone, and this time it’s not about Snowbracabra. Mane6, the dev team behind the fan game Fighting is Magic, has been served a cease and desist by Hasbro Legal.
We have received a C&D letter from Hasbro’s Legal representatives, asking us to cease game development, remove any materials that might contain My Little Pony characters, names, locations or related elements from the sites we control (Our site, our youtube, our twitch), and “cease any further use of [their] MY LITTLE PONY property”.
The team has started legal discussions, but the outlook seems pretty grim. Unfortunately, it is well within Hasbro’s right to shut down such projects, as they must defend their trademarks (as detailed in our articles dealing with intellectual property). That does not mean we approve of their decision to do so, though, as this was one of the most hotly anticipated and well-done projects to emerge from the online fandom. With one of the largest fan projects effectively cut off, this could have implications for other fan projects as well.
As we get more news, we will keep you posted. ■