The Last Ninja Musicology C64. Album. Concert. Blu-Ray. [Submitted by System 3]

Date: Mar 3, 2016

Sender
[Private]
System 3
Second Floor, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square
London, London W1J 6BD
GB

Sent via online form

Recipient
Kickstarter, PBC
58 Kent Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
USA

Re: The Last Ninja Musicology C64. Album. Concert. Blu-Ray.

Description of copyrighted material: In 1987 System 3 launched a game designed a game on the commodore C64 called Last Ninja. Sequel's were released in 1988 called Last Ninja 2 followed by Last Ninja 3 in 1991. Our website www.system3.com gives details and box art of our Last Ninja series. The series went on to sell over 23 million copies and was the most successful game series ever realised on the Commodore C64. It has since become a cult classic retro game IP.

Description of infringing material: A group of people approached System 3 to do a remix/ remake of the music to the Last Ninja series of games. This was laid out in an email to myself. We rejected this as we are remaking the game for its 30th anniversary next year. The Kickstarter clearly is passing its self off using the Last Ninja name, brand and logo and even sells itself on the back of the games success on the C64. This is a violation of our rights and brand. The email supplied is as follows; n 2015-08-22 08:55, [email protected] wrote: Hello everyone, Yesterday I had an informative phone conversation with Mark Cale regarding copyrights and his perspective on the Last Ninja. My intension with this project was never, or has ever been, to go behind anyone's back regarding copyrights as so on. The main goal with the Musicology project was always to make the best possible rockband versions of all the music from The Last Ninja, Last Ninja 2 and Last Ninja 3. These game series to me, was the best games on the C64 ever and it had such an impact on me as a kid as for millions of others around the world at the time. This project was 100% idealistic and passion driven by me, as a dedicatec fan, and I've spent houndreds of hours to carefully remake and re-instrumentate the music with the deepest respect of the game series and the original composers. I've also spent about a total of £8.000 on the project from my own pockets to get a proffesional mix and master job done. I was always interested in getting a cooperation with Mr.Cale and System 3 though. To get the permission to use the original artworks and make this an official Last Ninja Trilogy music release. I tried to email Mr.Cale several times regarding this, but without any respond. I figured he was either too busy to respond or it was of no interest to him. Since I didn't get any response I decided to not use any System 3 IP in the project or upcoming kickstarter. I was in contact with Chris Abbot regarding this as well, who stated he owned the rights to the music part of the game series. He told me I could do the remakes of the music, but not include any original artworks without the permission from System 3 due to legal issues. So I started to work on that as well. Now, if I could get Mr.Cale's permission and "blessing" on this project, we could make a rock solid official music trilogy that would be loved by the many fans worldwide and it will for sure be a good thing for the Last Ninja legacy and for System 3's eventual upcoming HD remake. I also told him that I would allow System 3 to take advantage of the Musicology free of charge in their HD remake. I really do hope we could get a cooperation going and that the project can be verified by Mr.Cale and System 3. If not, I wouldn't want to abandon the entire project and the massive job, expenses etc. and would have to try release it as an unofficial fan cover using no copyrighted materical of System 3. Best Regards Jarle- end of email; The Kickstarter uses our game name as its album title and is based on all of the music from our game. It is using our brand, goodwill as well as a variation of our Last Ninja logo from Ninja Remix ( a remix of all 3 games) launched in the early 90's. This has all happened because a member of the group thinks he has the right to do this if he has the composition rights to the music behind him. Not all of the composers of the music are even alive to give their permission but the game, its design, its graphics and titles of all music were created by System 3 and its partners and not by third parties that created a couple of the 32 tunes. The Kickstarter is recreating all 32 songs and is selling it on the back of references to our games and their success and its logo style, name and brand. This has now hit all the games retro sites. Our customers may buy into this on the basis of passing of as a music album of all the Last Ninja music and IP.

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