Question for Aura (I mention KS2 but that isn't the topic, so don't skip the instant you see it):
While I know that KS2 isn't happening and you don't want to return to KS because it is a boring concept at this point and you don't want to do anything else in a Japanese high school, and while I know that nothing outside of KS is canon and that 4Leaf owns all of the characters,
If we were in a perfect world where 4Leaf doesn't own the rights to Rin, would you have any interest in doing a solo project just about her? Not even with Hisao or the same setting, plot, or anything else from KS, could you be inspired to write a story (not necessarily a VN or anything in particular, just any piece of content) about Rin or a Rin-like character? Whether or not we all received feels from her or think of her as a "waifu" in some crazy fanboyish manner, we can generally agree that Rin had some of the best writing and was easily the most complex character. You have an entire fanbase that would love to see more content in any form of her, and while maybe sick of the concept of KS, I want to see your opinion on what you would do given this perfect universe where you have full rights to her character and the freedom to make any story of your own based around her.
Again, I know that this is probably an impossibility legally, unless you end up just doing a fanfic-y thing like A Runner's Afternoon. And here is Yummine's opinion:
yummines wrote:Rin all wet was too damn cute to fap to.
I can hear the screams of my Copyright lawyer echoing through the internet.
I know that Copyright law gets a bad wrap, particularly due to the efforts of the film and music industry, so I can forgive people for not really looking into it. But this post has a couple of flaws in it that are, really, all too common.
Anyway, point number 1: Ideas aren't covered by Copyright. It needs to be something that you can put into a transmissible form. So whilst the text, music, images and Ren'py code are all in Copyright, "Rin" as a concept is not.
2: 4LS doesn't own Squat. At best, 4LS is a non-registered partnership. Thus, it can't own any property, and hence the Copyright belongs directly to the developers. We all agreed (via conduct) to abide by the 4LS licence, which essentially got around the fact that we shouldn't have been editing each other's work. I would say that the Literary Work (comprising the script) would belong equally to all of the writers and the editors, the Artistic Works would belong to the individual artists, and the Literary Work (in the computer code) belongs to Delta
3: Fan-fics and Fan Art are actually completely legal if they are all your own work
. If you were to copy a section from the script, then that doesn't count. Also, depending on your country, you can actually "re-mix" artworks, meaning that you could, in theory, use some of the art assets.
4: HOWEVER! The licence that we have attached to the completed
work that is "Katawa Shoujo" means that you aren't allowed to disassemble it, so unless an artist gave you sprites/CGs etc, you are breaking the licence conditions....
5: All of this stuff comes from the Berne Convention, which (thankfully) the US has now mostly ratified (why is it that the US continually lags behind on international treaties?).
Anyway, there is a lot more that I could go on about here, but this is a question forum about the game. If you are interested in continuing the discussion on Copyright, please either PM me or hit up my blog. Last week I halfheartedly started a topic about this exact subject.