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23rd-Mar-2008 10:43 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
I simply must share with you (as linked by kotomine, here): the most beautiful work of copyright infringement I have ever had the joy of setting my gaze on. It's a MTV by a Korean singer that takes absolutely breathtaking liberties with Final Fantasy: Advent Children. I was grinning from ear to ear while watching it. ♥ Ordinarily I'd be happily dissecting how and why that's an infringing work, but in this case I just watched it in complete ♥ bliss ♥. IT DOES NOT EVEN NEED TO BE EXPLAINED.

Here's the official Square Enix press release ("the Company's intellectual property ... is one of our most crucial resources"), but my favourite news article title? Square Enix Summons a Final Fantasy Lawsuit. This part made me laugh the hardest:

"Understandably, Square Enix cast level 100 lawyer magic on the video maker Fantom Entertainment, for half-inching their IP. Fantom was fined $10,900 after the Seoul Central District Court judge Gu Hoe-geun ruled that they had "illegally used 80 percent of the storyline, setting, characters and their styles of dress and their demeanours from video game Final Fantasy VII."

... how did they decide on the figure of 80%?!

Why Your Job Is Like Working For The Mafia, Unwarranted Comparison #159: When your Boss goes missing, guess who has to take over?

Gokudera's face in the icon I'm using now accurately captures my inner expression when I was instructed to do something at work which no one had ever done before. I mean no one. Not the associate giving me work, not the two partners I work with most of the time. I Live In Interesting Times.

Gokudera's face in the icon I'm using now also captures without words the essence of Clothes Shopping Under Eve's Guidance, which can also be summarised succintly in the single word TOL - ER - ATE. (And me screaming. A lot. What do you mean I look good in this? Why can't I wear that? What do you mean green and purple bring out my colours? What do you mean this looks like couch fabric? ... But I like couch fabric...)

I do exaggerate, really. One of my greatest regrets in life is having reached my present age age and failed utterly to develop any interest in actively shopping for clothes (as opposed to, I seem to have worn everything in my closet for about several hundred times. Some of them are actually falling apart. I do believe it's time to acquire new ones), makeup, or shoes. Shopping for clothes is a little like tooth extraction for me, as both of them can be described as Necessary Evils, and both of whom I am inclined to view as unnecessary and occasionally mildly traumatic and putting one in dire need of painkillers.

So, as you might imagine, Eve really does have an uphill task with me, and I do genuinely appreciate her advice (not to mention the actually bringing me into clothing stores, ordinarily places I do not voluntarily enter), all my kicking and screaming and endless protests notwithstanding.

At this juncture I feel it necessary to leave you with a quote from Lords and Ladies, by Terry Pratchett:

"The Monks of Cool, whose tiny and exclusive monastery is hidden in a really cool and laid-back valley in the lower Ramtops, have a passing-out test for a novice. He is taken into a room full of all types of clothing and asked,
Yo, my son, which of these is the most stylish thing to wear?

And the correct answer is: Hey, whatever I select."

Or if you are me, the correct answer would be, Whatever Eve selects.
Comments 
23rd-Mar-2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
ZOINK! I've seen that video ages ago...I never knew she got sued for it. I'll be damned, I thought it was practically the most awesome thing ever.
23rd-Mar-2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know about the video until the lawsuit! *facepalms self* Work makes me do things @$$-backward. I THINK ALSO THAT IT IS THE MOST AWESOMEST THING EVER. It makes both my trainee lawyer side and my fangirl side cry tears of joy and happiness. ♥ IT'S LIKE WHAT FANS THINK ABOUT DOING, IN THEIR HEADS, and the video is what happens when SOMEONE WITH MONEY FOR CG AND COSTUMES ACTUALLY GOES AND DOES IT!
23rd-Mar-2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
IKR?? Epic is what it is!
23rd-Mar-2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
IT IS! ♥ EVERY CELL IN MY FAN-THING HEART REJOICES AT EVERY SECOND OF IT!

OH MAN NOW I JUST WANT SOMEONE TO DO THE SAME FOR FFXII! But after this case, they've gotta be crazy if they do :(
23rd-Mar-2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
GAHHHHH! MY FAN-FANNY IS GETTING IDEAS.

THEY COULD DO SO MUCH WITH FFXII! GARR THINK OF THE POSSIBILITIIIIIES.
That chase scene in Rabanastre when Vaan steals that...thingy, and Fran is like WOOOSH in her hoverbike and Balthier just carries Vaan off...or-- AIRSHIPS ZOMFG!
23rd-Mar-2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
... I want to go shopping with you! T__T!

I keep seeing these awesome outfits at WSC that I think you'd look great in, and they're probably your style...? xD I've been looking for a girly tie, too. B-but it's hard to find any. O.o; I swear it'd look really good with a white shirt (with black tiny stripes maybe? xD) and black trousers. OI CHRIS I WANT TO DRESS YOU UP LIKE A DOLL. A LAWYER DOLL.

W-would you believe me if I say I haven't gone shopping for clothes since I last saw you in person? xD Probably not, but it's true.
23rd-Mar-2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
BY THE WAY: THERE'S PEOPLE SKATING TO THAT SEXY BACK SONG ON TV RIGHT NOW! LIVE! *FREAKS OUT!*

... I think they're American. That explains everything. O.o;
23rd-Mar-2008 03:23 pm (UTC) - BECAUSE THESE THINGS ARE DONE IN AMERICA!
I LOVE SEXYBACK! I LOVE SKATING! I THINK THE TWO ARE A UNION OF LOVE WAITING TO HAPPEN! ♥

XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD THE THOUGHT THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE SKATING TO SEXYBACK KINDA MAKES ME GRIN FROM EAR TO EAR NOW. ♥
23rd-Mar-2008 03:28 pm (UTC) - lulz in america
It's the WK in Götenberg! xD I don't know their names, though... I'm not too interested in the pairs skating anymore. *shrugs!*

I WILL FIND IT ON YOUTUBE FOR YOU SOON. B-but, it wasn't really that good.

Edited at 2008-03-23 03:29 pm (UTC)
23rd-Mar-2008 03:29 pm (UTC) - :D :D :D
It's okay, sweetie! ♥ Don't take up precious Internet time looking for it, just knowing it exists is GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME! ♥ DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT, USE THE PRECIOUS TIME TO, um, EMIT HEARTS AT YUUGI APPEARING IN GX?! ♥
23rd-Mar-2008 04:31 pm (UTC) - (... gokudera actually looks really hot in that icon?)
I don't think it's online yet...? xD BUT ONE DAY I WILL BE ABLE TO SHOW YOU! It's SUPER SPECIAL AWESOME! *grin!*

Don't worry~! Tomorrow's Easter Monday, so I have lots of online time TO DO BOTH! :)

Did you see those high quality screencaps on the YGO community? xD Yugi looks... guh. I bet Yami/Atemu would approve.
23rd-Mar-2008 03:26 pm (UTC) - OMG HI ~
XDDDDD You know what, when we were going around shopping, I thought of you and thought that you would love it, and that Eve would probably approve of some of your fashion sense. Especially that dressy top you bought in Bugis the last time you were here. The one with lots of colours?

XDDDDDDDDD Yes, the really thin stripes? PINSTRIPES! I was looking at a black vest with white pinstripes today and thinking I really would wear that to work! ♥ Although you would be thinking LAWYER DOLL! ♥ and I would be I WANT TO BE A MAFIA DOLL! ♥

... too tiny and sweet/innocent-faced for that... *cries*

........ I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. DUDE. YOU LAST SAW ME IN PERSON... LIKE?! OVER HALF A YEAR AGO?! IT IS IMPOSSIBLE THAT YOU HAVE NOT GONE CLOTHES SHOPPING IN THAT TIME?!
23rd-Mar-2008 03:47 pm (UTC) - HAPPY EASTER!
xD! I've never met Eve (... at least I don't think so?), but it sounds like we'd have a great time torturing you together... *grin!*

I'm surprised you remember the Bugis top! :O! I'm actually really looking forward to going shopping there again - I kinda ran out of money last time? xDD Singapore has awesome styles and fashion! ♥! I wish Bugis Street had more airconditioning, though... *dies!*

You want to be a Mafia doll? xDD I think they'd wear lots of leather! YOU WOULD MELT IN YOUR CLIMATE! *giggles!* Uhm, anything black looks really good on you, though. It'd suit you. :)

That doesn't matter! Yuugi is tiny, too... and HE wears a collar! xDD

I THINK IT IS POSSIBLE! *SHOCKED!* I've just been buying BEAR CLOTHES instead? xD

I'm too nice to drag you out for clothes shopping when I know how much you dislike it... but if you ever WANT to go, you know where to find me? I'LL BE AT BUGIS OMG! ;)
23rd-Mar-2008 04:22 pm (UTC) - EEE HAPPY EASTER :D
YOU GET THE CUDDLY REBORN ICON FOR USING THAT ICON ♥

You haven't met Eve (PLEASE THANK THE STARS YOU HAVEN'T). XDDDDDDDD Also you would be nice and not have THAT MUCH FUN TORTURING ME. ;) OR SO I HOPE! ;)

You should try Far East Plaza in Orchard the next time, if you haven't been there yet? That has air-conditioning!

I remember the Bugis top! ;) A lot of clothing I saw today reminded me of it!

I am just @___@ we have awesome styles?! But I'm glad you think so?

XDDDD Mafia don't wear leather! Just lots of suits and dark clothing! (Which, Eve says, makes me look like a goth, because I have such pale skin and such dark hair).

XDDD

YAMI FORCED YUUGI INTO BONDAGE GEAR, it's not all Yuugi's fault XD
24th-Mar-2008 12:28 am (UTC) - Re: OMG HI ~
I think tiny and innocent-faced is just right for a mafia doll OTL
Look at Salvatore Riina orz;;;
It's the hitmen that have giveaway looks =w=;;;
23rd-Mar-2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Don't flatter yourself dude. You're nothing in comparison to some other people I know. XDXDXD

Those jeans were totally an awesome buy. XD
23rd-Mar-2008 03:21 pm (UTC) - LOL HIIIIIII ~
XDDDDDD Dude, that kind of makes me HAPPY. ♥ I thought I carried on so. Thank you for the advice! ♥

Though I'm still gonna wonder why I own that purple top, but I plan to test it out soon!

THEY WERE. ♥ Omg, thank you so much! I just about never walk into the store we bought them from, so thank you for bringing us there! ♥
23rd-Mar-2008 03:25 pm (UTC) - dorkus
I didn't bring you there, I just sort of dragged you with me as I wandered in and out of random stores and boutiques at will. XDXDXD That and shoved clothing at you to try on.

Wait until we start on make up. And shoes. Those will be even more fun.

PS: The purple top was such a good idea. Ask Pei Yi if you disbelieve.
23rd-Mar-2008 03:31 pm (UTC) - HEART HEART HEART TRIPLEMEGAHEART
Bringing, dragging, all the same thing, really. ♥ Considering the fact that I would never voluntarily enter clothing stores, dragging = bringing, and vice versa, in the Me Context. ;)

The shoving clothing at is an important part of it! ♥ 'cause if it were up to me, I'd just walk past, peer in, poke around, and not try much, if anything, on.

IT WILL BE FUN IF YOU ARE A MASOCHIST?! I AM A VERY HORRIBLE PERSON TO GO ANYTHING SHOPPING WITH. Unless it is book shopping, in which case I am a total enabler. :D

YES BUT YOU AND PEI YI SHARE A BRAIN, THEREFORE WHAT PEI YI SAYS DOES NOT EXACTLY COUNT AS AN INDEPENDENT OPINION.
23rd-Mar-2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you're sort of screwed now if we ever end up in the same vicinity. I will instill a proper sense of fashion in you if it's the last thing I do. XDXDXD Unless we're at my place, in which case we are probably marathoning retarded series, being obnoxiously loud and eating junk food. XDXDXD

I already have an idea of what I want to do with you and make up, so you may ph33r, but it is already too late. Don't worry, you'll end up looking oh so pretty~ at the end of it. XDXDXD

Also, I object. We do not share the same brain. Only the same workplace.
23rd-Mar-2008 04:18 pm (UTC) - this is probably one of the 'prettiest' 'fashion-related' (at a STRETCH) icons I have
I will instill a proper sense of fashion in you if it's the last thing I do
I know better than to ask you, "What's wrong with the one I've got?"

... I CAN ALREADY SEE YOU ROLLING YOUR EYES, YOUNG LADY.

OH GOD. WE NEED TO DO THAT RETARDED MARATHONING. You are probably not going to escape me inflicting MORE REBORN on you, but you are MORE THAN WELCOME TO INFLICT ANYTHING ELSE BACK? ♥ Up to and including makeup and clothes!

Okay! ♥ Just remember that I may scream and shout a lot but I believe the end result will be worth it! ♥ I actually did something similar when I had my hair cut once (the WHAT?! WHY?! WHY DID YOU DO THAT?!), because I was @_____@ WHAT IS SHE DOING TO MY HAIR?! but when the final result was unveiled to me, I looked at my reflection and just smiled helplessly, because the haircut was GREAT. And the hairstylist was, "SEE I TOLD YOU."

You shared the same brain even before you shared the same workplace!
23rd-Mar-2008 04:25 pm (UTC) - oy
I didn't roll my eyes. I just snorted. Very loudly.

You inflict Reborn on me, I will inflict CCS on you. What say you? XDXDXD

You need to grow out your hair. We'll talk about that another day, actually. XDXDXD

And that's a lie. Pei Yi would kick me before she agreed to share anything with me, that includes a brain. Ask our boss.
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23rd-Mar-2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
*sends you love, and and awful lot of it* ♥

I WAS WONDERING THE SAME THING! And thinking, they probably count every second in which FF-AC related influences are seen! Then I wonder how they deduce those similarities? Use of the actual scenes is a definite, but then there are the costumes, the replication of the fight sequences, etc. I couldn't help thinking I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO BE ABLE TO THINK THROUGH THAT, LEGALLY.

DEFENDING THE ACTION MUST HAVE BEEN REAL FUN TOO ♥
23rd-Mar-2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
That MV is so old... I remember when it came out and I was wondering when they'd sue her company.
Randomly, I actually quite like that song.
23rd-Mar-2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
It is terribly old! So is the lawsuit, really, which was decided last year! But omg it'll never get old to me. ♥

*grin!* And you were right! The MV goes right past mere resemblance and straight into DIRECTLY SAMPLING AND REMAKING, PRETTY MUCH. Square Enix is preeeetty darn possessive about its IP rights, there's no way they'd let this slide!

*grin!* I find I enjoy the video better if I turn the sound off, but it's probably because I get less out of it than you do (not being able to understand the language, for one). ♥
24th-Mar-2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Not like I understand half of what she's singing, but the fight scene isn't that particularly well done ><
Trivia: Ivy recently graduated from university~
This video and sex scandal rumours killed her career for a bit T_T
23rd-Mar-2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh my...that is really good infringement!

You know how courts come up with 80%....They pulled that # out from thin air....like how they pull most apportionment numbers.

I remember once asking a judge guest speaker about how % apportionment were arrived at. The answer was "Whatever that feels right". So numbers out of thin air wins....
23rd-Mar-2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
breathtaking liberties might be kind of understating it by, I don't know, A LOT? THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LINKING THIS!!! xDDDD A+++++++ I COULDN'T FINISH WATCHING IT IT WAS SO PAINFUL, LOZ REINCARNATED AS AN ANDROGENOUS KOREAN MAN (WOMAN???)

When I see things like that I can't help but think that they're just trying to TAKE THE PISS, because, just. WHY. OMG *___________*

p/s: 80% is where the statisticians come in. ;)
24th-Mar-2008 12:30 am (UTC)
My colleague is threatening to drag me shopping should I not give up my black and white wardrobe soon OTL I swear, I wouldn't survive working in an office environment for very long DX I have absolutely nothing to wear except black and black and maybe a little white. For suitable office clothes that is OTL

BE GLAD SOMEONE IS SHOPPING FOR j00!!!!

I don't doubt you'd look good in anything 8D
24th-Mar-2008 01:02 am (UTC)
OMG THAT VIDEO WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! HOW CAN THEY SUE SUCH PRETTINESS? Awesome song, too. I adore how quite a bit of Asian music mixes in some English every now and then in their songs along with the Asian. I still have no clue what the meaning of the songs are, but I just love the uniqueness of it. But that vid? SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

And you are not alone in your hatred for clothes shopping (and make up, and shoes). I'm 24, and I still can't stand any of that stuff. Just the other day my parents were telling me that I need to grow up. Hmph! No amount of ordering me to grow up will make me develop an interest in make up and shoes, and I certainly will never enjoy the process of clothes shopping. NEVER!
24th-Mar-2008 05:58 am (UTC)
I just LOVE that song! And I was trying to search for it , which ended in failure. I was hoping that sometime later I would see it again, and I did! *screams happily*
Thankyouthaankyouthankyou!
*ahem* Yes, I know a lot of people slammed the makers of that MTV, but I too enjoyed it. :P

Square Enix cast level 100 lawyer magic Oh LOL. Nice sense of humour!

Gokudera's face in the icon I'm using now accurately captures my inner expression when I was instructed to do something at work which no one had ever done before. I mean no one. Not the associate giving me work, not the two partners I work with most of the time. I Live In Interesting Times.
haha, must be scary to step into the unknown.

I don't really fancy shopping for clothes either, and my mum always drags me along and says that i need new clothes, cause I also wear the same stuff in my closet for... umm.. eons?
Good luck with finding new clothes! I just grit my teeth and count how many more pieces of clothing I need to try on before I can leave the store. :P

*goes back to squeeing at the MTV*
25th-Mar-2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I immediately jumped at the reply button in order to start screaming, "OMG DISCWORLD REFERENCES" but then you went and flat-out quoted Pratchett, and now it's too easy. : (

Still, awesomeness abounds. Best of luck with your looming responsibilities. :]
29th-Mar-2008 04:09 am (UTC)
I'm slow. I had a couple of browser windows open just to watch the video and reply to this afterwards when I had the energy and time to do so. I just did it, and it's lovely!

Makes me want to figure out a way to do something similar, but they probably used green-screen and plenty other things to do it.
3rd-Apr-2008 01:31 am (UTC)
lol!! summon lawyer
3rd-Apr-2008 06:35 am (UTC) - XD LITIGATION DEALS 100 DAMAGE
INDEED XDDDD

I don't know if you've seen the LOTR as a property law exam link yet, but IT WAS GREAT ;D
3rd-Apr-2008 06:58 am (UTC) - Re: XD LITIGATION DEALS 100 DAMAGE
scary @_@
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