Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Great Follow Up Article About The Copyrights Issue with NBC/SyFy Heroes Of Cosplay

This is a great follow up article about the whole issue with the Heroes Of Cosplay copyright infringement mess. It gives a lot of great insight and information about how copyrights work and what your rights and the other person's rights are. Definitely give it a read here: http://bgzstudios.com/blog/photography/protecting-yourselves-legally-cosplayer-and-photographer-copyrights/

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Oh, What A Surprise Heroes Of Cosplay Is Getting Sued For Copyright Infringement

As mentioned in my review of Heroes Of Cosplay, a big issue for me was the fact that they were using cosplay photographs without getting proper authorization and permission from the photographers, even going so far as to remove the watermarks from the pictures when they posted them on their Facebook page. Now, it looks as if the piper has come a calling because they are getting sued for copyright infringement. I knew this was coming, it was only a matter of time. What amazes me is that the executive producers and people who run SyFy thought they could get away with ANY of this without legal repercussions.
You can read all about it in this insightful article Heroes Of Copyright Infringement right here: http://bgzstudios.com/blog/photography/heroes-of-copyright-infringement-the-photographer-litigation-against-syfy/

Friday, August 16, 2013

Persona 4 Arena Sequel Is Happening

It looks like Persona 4 Arena is getting a sequel and adding playable characters from Persona 3. I love the Persona series and I'm quite excited about this. You can check out the article with more links to spiffy screen shots and more information here: http://gematsu.com/2013/08/persona-4-arena-sequel-announced

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Why I Was Not Impressed With Heroes Of Cosplay

 Plain and simple, after checking out tonight's episode of Heroes Of Cosplay I had a bad taste in my mouth.  It just seemed like yet another reality show, but it missed the point of cosplay. While I know the people on the show had no control over the editing, it was disappointing to see them only focus on the competition aspect of it and not showcase the cosplayers who also do it because they love it and have fun doing it. Many of my friends who cosplay come up with some amazing and great costumes. Some compete and some do it for fun, but both love it and enjoy themselves. I really didn't see a lot of joy on this show. I saw a lot of drama, negativity, and judging the other person because they didn't agree with their cosplay choice.
 I know it's for TV and it's "scripted", but it would have been nice to see some positive things, such as how encouraging cosplayers can be and supportive of each other about costume choices, or how helpful they can be when asked about how to make a cosplay better or more cost efficient without missing out on making a great costume. Instead, it was essentially The Jersey Shore of cosplay and it was awful. To have the only good thing be Yaya Han with an amazing League Of Legends cosplay by the way, does not make for a good show. There's also the factor that Mark Cronin, an executive producer of the show basically dismissed male cosplayers in a TV Guide interview by stating that their costumes were simpler because it's just body armor, capes, and weaponry and the female cosplayers were more interesting, sexy, and cool.  Seriously? Tell that to one of my friends who MAKES his own armor and weapons, actual chain mail and the like. Trust me, there's no simple about it. Both genders put a lot of work into their cosplay, there isn't one is better than the other. Just from that statement alone, I should have known this show was in trouble and not going to be done right at all.
 Then there's this wonderful stunt that Syfy pulled:
 That's right. They used the photographers' photos WITHOUT permission and they knew exactly what they were doing, as they cropped them so the watermarks did not show on the page, and did not give them credit or get a copyright release from them. They did it to at least seven photographers that we know of. Of course the people who they blatantly STOLE from were angry and they had every right to be. Not only does this show an outrageous show of disrespect to the cosplay community as well as the photographers' whose work they ripped off, it's mind boggling that they thought they could get away with it without anyone noticing! The only one who actually took the time to try and make it right was Yaya Han who stated on her fan page that she had immediately informed Syfy's PR department about it and was doing everything in her power to make sure that the photographers did get credit for their work.
 I like Yaya Han. She comes across as genuinely kind, loves cosplay as much as her fans, and unlike Syfy's craptastic PR department, cares about doing the right thing. This is why I really wanted to like this show. I really did. I was pleased to see she was doing this show about cosplay, but after watching this first episode and seeing that Syfy apologized on their page only AFTER they were caught and informed (But let's face it, they KNOW the rules about copyright infringement) that hey, it's bad to steal an artist's work, not even the fantastic Yaya Han can convince me to watch.  It's really a shame, because they had an opportunity to do something great and showcase all the aspects of cosplay and what it means to those who enjoy and love it. Instead, they went the let's be gigantic a-holes route and behaved pretty damn shamefully.
 So, no I will not be watching this again. One episode was enough.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Peter Capaldi as The next Doctor

I had been seeing rumors and hearing whispers about Peter Capaldi being the next Doctor for Doctor Who. Now, it's official. Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor and I'm excited. I will miss Matt Smith, because he proved those who said he was too young very wrong by doing a fantastic job. My favorite episode is still the Vincent Van Gogh episode, Vincent And The Doctor because it is moving, it is warm, and Matt Smith and Tony Curran played off each other so well, that it was just a great episode.
So I am looking forward to what Peter Capaldi will bring to the table as the next Doctor. As for those who say Capaldi is too old, don't forget that William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and John Pertwee were also older when they played The Doctor. Give Capaldi a chance with an open mind before you decide whether or not he's right for the part.
I am looking forward to the 50th anniversary in November and seeing what kind of Doctor Peter Capaldi will be.