In the wake of Fighting Is Magic receiving a cease and desist from Hasbro Inc, Zachary Rich, A.K.A. FlamingoRich, came to a small anime convention in Atlanta, Georgia to show the first half of his entirely fan-made My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode, Double Rainboom. I was lucky enough to be there to see the panel, and so I’d like to share my thoughts about the work that we were presented.
You might have seen it come up on KnowYourMeme or other sites, and you’ve asked yourself, “Why are pony fans thanking M.A. Larson?” Larson, one of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic scriptwriters, is the subject of numerous new animated GIFs, but why do they all seem so…sarcastic? Read on for the answer, and to learn what Larson thinks of it all. [WARNING: SEASON FINALE SPOILERS AFTER THE CUT!]
It’s funny how things can sometimes change over a period of several weeks. Since last month’s article on intellectual property, “Friendship is a Registered Trademark”, a flurry of cease-and-desist and takedown letters has begun to land more firmly than ever before, with a marked intensification over the past week or two. Since our last article, well-established fanworks have seen their work taken down from YouTube, including Friendship is Witchcraft, the Mentally Advanced (Abridged) Series, and even (reportedly) AwkwardMarina’s posting of her “Anthropology” fan song. Meanwhile, the lesser-known equestriagirls.com site has received a letter from Hasbro’s legal department.
Together with some of the feedback gathered from comments on our last article, I have put together a series of updates about the status of Hasbro, intellectual property and the larger Brony community.
Last weekend, the makers of the fangame MLP:Online announced that they had been sent a cease and desist letter from Hasbro and had chosen to shut down production of the game. This sudden news has met with significant disappointment from the Brony community, especially given the comparatively blind eye that had been turned to other popular fan-games under production, like Fighting is Magic or My Little Investigations.
Was Hasbro finally turning on the fan-community it had helped to foster over the past two years by not strictly enforcing copyrights? Not exactly. MLP:Online spokesperson ToastyJustice, who had announced the closure of MLP:Online, made a point of mentioning that it was not copyright that had brought down the project, but trademarks. This is an important distinction, one which has ramifications for both Hasbro and fans alike.
Given the differences between copyright and trademark law, can we perhaps better understand what activities are more or less likely to earn Hasbro’s ire? Is this recent attack based on trademark law likely to prove to be the bane of the fandom? To learn more, read on…
Remix Culture Reviews is a new series where Round Stable writers offer their opinion, insights, critique, compliments, and analysis on fan content produced for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Featuring art, writing, and videos, it will shine a light on what’s current in the pony fan media scene.
In this first installment fenster, DrDinosaur & Isaak talk about Dork, a PMV created by Feedsy who’s also known for Ponies Royale and Mad Mares. Dork offers not only a dazzling visual experience, but also poses questions about the very structure of these beloved ponies.
Continue beyond the cut to read our thoughts and impressions of this PMV.
You guys remember PONIES: the Anthology 2, right? Me too! And if you like it half as much as I do then you should check out the brand new Poster Store and the updated T-shirt Store. All the sales go to Cancer Research, and the first 50 poster orders get a special gift from Project Coordinator DrDinosaur. New T-Shirts include Beep Dog and NO CELESTIA ON THE STAIRS, and the new Poster store includes an equally large but different variiety to choose from, such as The Trotting Dead, Sonic Rainboom, and Friendship is GAR posters in addition to the main Anthology 2 logos. Posters are printed on 11″x17″ gloss paper, and there is a special deal to save $4 when you buy 4 posters together. For more info, check out the Press Release Below.
There have been many pony parodies and crossovers in the past year or so that receive mixed results for their ambition and creativity; ranging from the abundance of fan art to some of the most ambitious videos produced. Somewhere out there you are bound to find at least one of these crosses that will tickle your fancy. But there has been one particular trend in pony parodies for quite some time, but never has it gotten the spotlight it deserves for its genius. It’s the marriage of the candy colored equines who already share the tendency to break into song and dance with one of the most simplistic yet innovative approaches to music game design in recent history; My Little Pony and Rhythm Heaven. Hit the break for a recap at this series of parodies.
I am Dr.Dinosaur, Round Stable writer and coordinator for PONIES: The Anthology I & II.
When I started this project I was hoping that we might double the length of the fist one and end up with something about 40 minutes long. After all was said and done the project clocked in at a whopping 82 minutes! This definitely was the biggest project I have ever participated in, let alone been the head of. Personally, I think the whole thing turned out pretty awesome! Though I must say, The Anthology would not have turned out nearly as awesome if had I made it by myself. Over 30 people contributed their time and talents to this project and I thank each and every one of them. Each contribution was a small piece that I needed to fit this puzzle together and each piece was greatly appreciated.
Continue reading after the cut to watch PONIES: The Anthology II!