Unauthorized Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Demon World Sequel is Cancelled Amid Legal Dispute

Here’s a free Kickstarter lesson…or general game developing lesson, when planning a campaign or developing a game make sure you’re not violating any copyright laws or things may not go in your favor. Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Demon World, the unauthorized sequel from indie developer Phantasm Studios, has been cancelled by Kickstarter due to an intellectual property dispute.

The campaign met its  early demise by the request of Capcom, who on November 19th filed a request to have it removed from the website. To Phantasm Studios credit, they were trying to obtain a developers license for the game, which would have not continued with the same design but “reimagined” many of the Ghosts ‘N Goblins’ original concepts, like you see in movie reboots and spin-offs. If the studio failed to obtain the rights, it planned to rename Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Demon World to King Arthur.

Kickstarter does have rules about these sort of situation and have posted their copyright notice on the now defunct campaign page:

The project acknowledges its goal is to create an update to the Ghosts ‘N Goblins franchise based upon the characters, stories, music and other copyrightable elements of the Property. Such unauthorized update would clearly violate Capcom’s exclusive rights under copyright law to create derivative works of the Property. It would also violate Capcom’s trademark rights in the Property. The project admits it will need Capcom’s permission to proceed and has not received one. To its knowledge, Capcom has not been contacted by the project.

The game had been in pre-production and planned to release on the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.  Phantasm Studios has yet to comment on the situation.

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Former genius and a woman of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by her mystery, Dana Abercrombie has been playing video games since birth (yes birth...we did say "genius"). Despite her secret desire of wanting to give it all up to become a gorgeous billionaire, Dana is most passionate about video games and films often times getting in many heated debates resulting in being thrown out of many gatherings. Despite having a degree in English AND Journalism (multi-tasking FTW!) from the University at Albany-SUNY, she is currently interested in perusing a degree at Yale Law School, because one should never give up on a dream of becoming a gorgeous billionaire...and knowing how to sue someone as a result of those heated debates

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