Journal Entry: Tue May 17, 2011, 12:38 PM
Holy cow... I just opened the demo for a very high profile game from one of the three largest developers in the industry, and it looks like they used one of my shape sets on the main title screen!?!? WTF????? I'm not going to say which shapes until I confirm it. They've been altered slightly but I'm 99% sure they are mine. Granted, the shapes are "fan art" but still... shouldn't they have at least informed me they used them?
I don't understand why so many people have such a problem with asking. I don't want corporations using my stuff for free but given the fact that I'm a huge gaming fan I would have happily agreed to let them use them. All they had to do was ask!
Jesus... what do I do? Should I even waste my time getting in touch with them? Technically they may have not needed my personal permission but the shapes are based on copyrighted material from another huge corporation. Oy...
***Update - First... the developer is not one of the big three. I thought the game was produced by Ubisoft, but it's not.
Two - I found screen caps from the game online so I pulled them into Photoshop for comparison. The problem is the highest res. caps I found are still not large enough to compare the fine details. Still, I don't think there's any doubt my shapes were used as a master template for a ton of shapes and graphics in the game. I can find parts of my shapes in all of the game shapes, but no single shape exactly matches a single shape I created. I think they pieced their shapes together from my shapes and then modified them further.
So without access to their master art files, I guess there's ultimately there's no way to prove exactly what they used. But still... my shapes are technically fan art since they're based on copyrighted material. So I wonder if the game developer was smart enough to obtain permission from the movie studio that holds the copyright?
Listening to: Nothing
Watching: American Chopper
Playing: The Sims
Drinking: Arizona Stress Ice Tea