…and we’re back.

You probably received a notice this morning saying this campaign was frozen due to a DMCA Takedown Notice. I’m not sure what your reaction was but I can tell you my heart skipped a beat! I was worried that all our hard work would be lost over some legal dispute. The good news is there is NO Copyright dispute and the campaign is once again live and we’re only a few thousand dollars away from being fully funded.

What happened? As far as I can tell Marvel have copyright attorneys who probably monitor sites like YouTube, Kickstarter, and others for Copyright violations. They saw our campaign and immediately sent a DMCA Takedown Notice to Kickstarer. They did so even though there is a copyright notice on the Kickstarter campaign stating all art used in the book is done with permission. I’m sure these lawyers do not knowing anything about Hi-Fi, the fact that we actually color and paint projects for Marvel & Disney, or about Hi-Fi Color for Comics. They were just doing their job… even if it did almost send me into cardiac arrest!

Fortunately I was able to locate the original Hi-Fi Color for Comics release form from 2007 and send a copy to Marvel’s legal representation. Once they verified the info with the records they had on file they contacted Kickstarter and the campaign resumed.

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In the spirit of the original document I did agree with Marvel’s council not to use Marvel’s artwork in the marketing of Hi-Fi Color for Comics or on the final cover for the book. I decided to also remove DC art from our marketing for this same reason (to be clear no one from DC contacted me or asked me to do this). I do not want to do anything imply that Marvel or DC has endorsed the book or is backing the book in any way. You will see Jean Gray’s image on the cover has been painted over for the time being and I will create a revised video as well.

For everyone who is backing Hi-Fi Color for Comics please rest assured we do have release forms and permission to use artwork from companies like Marvel, Lucasfilm, IDW, Paramount, J. Scott Campbell, Mike Norton, Terry Moore, and many more. All of the art printed in Hi-Fi Color for Comics is done so only with the express written permission of the Copyright holder or their legal representative.

How can I help? Obviously the DMCA Takedown Notice hurt the campaign. Even though we were down only a few hours the impact was big. We received some negative press today because when it comes to big companies like Marvel vs little guys like Hi-Fi the people reporting tend to assume the worst and report it as such.

The best way you can help is to SHARE the campaign on your social media, to your friends and family, with schools, comic book shops, and libraries. We are only a few thousand dollars away from being funded. Lets not let a mistake by a few big corporate lawyers keep us down. I know working together we can get Hi-Fi Color for Comics FULLY FUNDED this week and move on to our incredible STRETCH GOALS!

Back Hi-Fi Color for Comics on Kickstarter here: http://kck.st/1eOUfhk 

Thank you for backing Hi-Fi Color for Comics.
Brian Miller