As a long time GEEK who has grown up with many franchises it feels like right now we are arriving at a point in time where Fanbase, franchise and copyright are about to collide in some super spatial vortex thingy of doom. Back in the day as a kid if my parents could not buy me the official merchandise, i would make my own, create my own costume, build light sabres from toilet rolls.
later i was able to express my creative inspirations from the franchises with local friends to continue and strengthen the fan base by making short movies, building models out of clay, paper and what ever. And there was no thoughts of copyright infringing, i mean who would know, and why would they care?
We arrive to today where i find myself in a situation where my friends and fellow fans are no longer localised to my town, they are world wide. My craft is now digital with the ability to strive for great detail. Sharing is easier than ever before with fellow fans. 3D printing is just taking off allowing replication of the things we think are kool. And we do it because we love the franchises we want to keep these sci fi worlds alive in our conscience every day because we are such HUGE GEEKS.
But we have arrived at a point where we conflict with the copyright system and its gonna start to get real messy, not just in Second Life, but all over the place. Just last week i saw a report on how 3D printing was taking off, and they talked to some guy in the UK who printed out models from a site. One of them was Yoda.
It’s interesting times ahead as Copyright tries to take on an ever growing wall of fanboys who are more connected and creative than ever before eventually toppling the attempts of copyright. Either that or the fanbase is obliterated by improved copyright laws that cause fans to scatter to the wind and die out. Nothing remains the same, i learnt that from star wars.
Maybe Copyright and Fanboys can come to some kind of agreement, a compromise. Except copyright has no soul born from greed compared to Fandoms soul of shared love, camaraderie and creativity.
If you are a Fan and you love your starships, you are gonna have to be a lot more thoughtful from here on in with who you share it with, especially if you charge money for your hard work.