Firefly-Inspired MMO Claims No Legal Issues; May Be A Hoax
Firefly Universe Online, an MMO inspired by but not officially licensed from Joss Whedon’s Firefly, can allegedly continue being developed without causing any legal issues, and has received a celebrity endorsement that points to the possibility that the whole project is a hoax.
An update on the game’s FaceBook page reads:
“After numerous telephone conversations, both the executive and legal staff of 20th Century Fox have given DarkCryo Entertainment their well wishes for an inspired – not endorsed – title at this juncture. There is a huge distinction between the two regarding derivative works, and we are continuously working with the senior counsel of 20th to ensure their property remain protected.”
The game has been endorsed by comedian and activist duo The Yes Men, who have impersonated spokesmen for the U.S. government, the World Trade Organization, McDonald’s, and others. Kotaku staunchly supports the hoax argument, citing The Yes Men’s logo on FUO developer DarkCryo’s website as evidence, as well as the “no rights reserved” disclaimer. Believing the work to be a parody at best, Kotaku writer Owen Good states:
“The parody appears to be highlighting Kickstarter abuse or the culture of wish fulfillment surrounding it, and a lot of the less worthy projects people seek to fund. The Yes Men have a big anticonsumerism bend in their work. The fact Firefly is a Fox property also helps.”
While this project certainly raises flags, no evidence has conclusively proven FUO to be a hoax or not.