Back in December of last year, Mikael Persson, also known as Hipoonios created a very special Amiga homebrew release in the form of "Smurf Rescue". It was his second platform game after the previous release of Super Ted, created using Backbone as you play as a Smurf on a quest to save all the Smurfs from the evil Wizard Gargamel. But unbeknownst to him, just one month later he was to find an email addressed to him from Studio Peyo suing him for a rather hurtful sum of 2000 euro.
Yes, it is true! Remember my crappy Smurf game I made in Backbone just a few weeks ago? "Studio Peyo" (the owners of The Smurfs trademark) have sued me for have creating an unlicensed video game of The Smurfs.Discussion
Now I know pretty well that you are not allowed to make unlicensed video games or use others work without permission, but this is just a game made in BACKBONE for a 30 year old computer. LOL... this is insane! I'm sure they don't even know what an Amiga is. And I doubt more than 50 people have downloaded it. How much do you think I must pay for this? ... (see the attached screenshots)
I have seen a lot of other people creating video games with famous characters. Also there are a few in the works (like the Danger Mouse game and Evil Minions etc). Also seen a few unlicensed conversions of games. Now I don't think you have to be worried because I think I know who it was who did this to me. A guy in the community does not like me very much. So I'm sure it was him who told Studio Peyo about it. (nope, I will not mention his name here). There is so many things that makes me suspect that lamer.
So Smurf Rescue and my other game SuperTed (just in case) has been removed. And no more Amiga games from me
I personally can understand that trademarks do need to be protected, however I don't see why Studio Peyo would need to sue for such a huge amount when it comes to a very old platform, especially the Amiga. Perhaps a simple cease and desist order without the cost would be less harmful?
Let us know your thoughts.