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Copyright law scuppers fan film

Discussion in 'Legal' started by gkd_uk, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    A copyright row means that one of the most ambitious fan films ever made may never be shown before an audience.

    Four years in the planning Damnatus, made by German fans of the Warhammer 40,000 game, cost more than 10,000 euros, took months to film, employs 11 principal actors, dozens of extras and sophisticated post-production special effects. Now finished the film runs to 110 minutes.

    But Huan Vu, director and producer of the movie, said Damnatus' creators have now given up trying to get the film in front of an audience.

    Nottingham-based Games Workshop created Warhammer 40,000 - a science fiction wargame which revolves around battles fought between factions and races that populate the universe in the 41st century. It is an outgrowth of the Warhammer tabletop game created by Games Workshop in 1983.

    Mr Vu said that, despite lengthy negotiations with Games Workshop, the company has refused to give permission for the film to be shown.

    "It's really horrible for an artist not being able to show off their own work," Mr Vu told the BBC News website.

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