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Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Finebros: "Twilight has shut down our 8-Bit Game."

UPDATE: @thefinebros :

"Thanks to everyone for the support! Again, the game is back. Thanks to Summit for working with us to bring 8-Bit Twilight back!"

8-Bit Twilight Eclipse Interactive -

Will Bella end up with Edward or Jacob? Find out in Twilight: Eclipse in this 8-Bit Interactive!

How it all began:


NOTE: It is not clear at this time why "PLAY 8-BIT TWILIGHT" was removed but according to YouTube "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Summit Entertainment LLC."

According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summit_Entertainment

"After a string of flops including P2, Penelope, Never Back Down and Sex Drive, Summit finally found success in November 2008 with the release of Twilight, a teen romance about vampires based on the best-selling book of the same name by Stephenie Meyer that made $408,773,703 worldwide."

Awesome Twilight homage YouTube game shut down over copyright infringement claim

"We have a follow up to this, as less than an hour ago, Twilight shut down our game claiming copyright infringement."



YouTube Takes Down Twilight Eclipse: The 8-Bit Interactive Game

"This is clearly fair use/parody, we took no actual media from Twilight, everything was created from scratch, no different than South Park or Saturday Night Live...."



  1. The 436 could not be reached for comment...

  2. Copyright and Trademark (if you believe in such legal constructs) are a double edge sword. YouTube really had no option here if Summit made a claim.

    The real question is not whether or not it infringed but what motivated Summit to make such a move. But again, this just demonstrates that copyright can be used for GOOD, or it can be used for EVIL.

    You be the judge of how Summit used it here.


  3. Howdy folks,

    Here is what ya'll need to know. Part of the Safe Harbor provision which is what allows YouTube to basically still exist given all the copyright infringement that goes on there, requires that they have an automatic takedown procedure, which occurs expeditiously. In other words, if someone with even the barest of claims, claims infringement YouTube must take down. YouTube doesn't exist to fight copyright battles.

    The 'infringing party' then gets to fight it. A process which can get both messy and costly. In this instance, the Fine Bros probably have a strong argument under the parody defense. If they want to fight it they have a good argument. Although their best option is just to stick it up on DailyMotion, and not worry about fighting a fight unless they are planning to make money from the video in which case they need to weigh possible litigation costs vs potential profits.

  4. I wish 436 would make Twilight not exist. Lamest vampires ever!


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