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Square Enix shuts down Final Fantasy VII web series

[UPDATE] Kickstarter project removed from platform due to intellectual property dispute; production team says it is reaching out to Square Enix in hopes of continuing the campaign.


[UPDATE] A statement on the project's Facebook page addresses the "legal interest" Square Enix has shown in the Kickstarter campaign.

"You will have noticed that the Square Enix legal team have taken an interest in our project," reads a line from the statement. "We're in the process of opening up discussions with the team regarding the ongoing status of our project and hopefully the continuation of our Kickstarter campaign."

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A live-action fan film called Final Fantasy VII: The Web Series has been taken off Kickstarter after Square Enix launched an intellectual property dispute, according to the campaign's page.

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"Final Fantasy VII: The Web Series (Unofficial Fan Project) is the subject of an intellectual property dispute and is currently unavailable," reads an update to the page.

According to a takedown notice from Square Enix posted on Kickstarter, "the project itself is in infringement of our copyrights and should be removed in its entirety from Kickstarter."

Director Gionata Medeot previously told Kotaku that he was not worried about Square Enix's lawyers attempting to end the project and had even attained full music rights for the project.

The Final Fantasy VII: The Web Series Kickstarter campaign went live on July 22 asking for $400,000 to produce five to six episodes based on the role-playing game.

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