So with the Psychodyssey Doc now out and having fully watched it. I now am left with a very nagging question.
In the documentary, Matt Booty tells the DF team that future AF’s will need to be evaluated from a legal sense. Since Schafer has always stated DF will not own any of the IP presented is not owned by DF. Though of course as Booty stated any game project worked on during company time would typically be considered owned IP.
Im curious has this been hashed out yet? Will the future of AF change or will it now end?
I am also curious what the community’s thoughts on this matter are?
From what i took away… the publicity was not a problem… the only hiccup was df didnt own any of the games made unless they decided later they wanted to make them full games…
Which from a legal sense seemed iffy at best for an indie studio… and a big no from any moderately sized company
Yeah. I think thats the way it would have to go… Though it seems like the df team was hesitant about such an idea. With if im correctly recalling the statement in the doc Tim was worried that not providing that freedom for individuals to own ip not used… would lower the odds of people wanting to come forth with creative ideas.
These sort of mash ups aren’t exactly rare in the industry… just no one expects to own the IP they created using company time and resources. Tim should have never set that expectation when they were independent because it’s extremely legally grey and people would still participate because game designers are generally creative people.
I would imagine the individual pitches (worked on outside company time) would not be owned by MS, but if the pitches get selected for AF and worked on for those two weeks, then they would be. But I’m just guessing.