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Super Mario 64 - Bob-omb Battlefield crafted from Legos

"Bob-omb Battlefield is the first stage of Super Mario 64 - the flagship game for the N64 game system. This game came out way back when I was just a freshman in college, and I have great memories of endless game nights with friends playing this game. I’ve had the idea of doing a Super Mario layout for a while, but just what to do escaped me. (Lego versions of the original NES games have been done quite often). Upon finding my old N64 in ‘storage’, I was inspired to create this.” [x]

By Matt De Lanoy

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This was a post made by RyouSakaiArt a few days ago in his FB page, please take a moment to read it :

Hello everyone.
This is something I did not want to get to announce publicly. But due to the lack of response of those responsible, they leave me no choice.

A month ago, the famous College Humor page ( www.facebook.com/CollegeHumor) , used one of my works in one of their videos without my permission, the only way to get this work is through my DeviantArt, in which the drawing is protected by the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. which clearly states that the drawing can be used if these 3 conditions are followed:
-You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, andindicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use
-You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
-If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

These three conditions were NOT fulfilled by the people of College Humor, I was not asked for permission to use this drawing, they monetize their videos and earn money from it, and to put the cherry on the cake, they showed my work, cut and hid the part where my signature appeared, besides that put another person drawing it and one pseudo-little joke about furry and cartoon artists.

When I heard this, I tried to contact the College Humor Staff, showing my concern and displeasure with this action, but not wanting to cause problems, just looking for solutions.

They responded almost immediately, willing to negotiate, which surprised me. after the typical excuse “Sorry, we could not wait for your approval, had to sumbit the video that day”, they offered me the credit for the work and denied any financial remuneration for their actions.

I, willing to reach an agreement and after being told I would agree that credit because they have a very large number of subscribers and public in Facebook, I threw the question “How do you plan to give me the credit?” because I’m not stupid, and if they will give me credit, I want them to do well.

Days later, SEVERAL days later, another staff person replied, asking me to give my phone number to speak. It did not seem sensible, as this would only complicate the situation, I live in South America, I doubt they have wanted to make an international call to negotiate with me, and English is not my primary language, so it would only be more difficult understand each other.

I replied politely that I could not give my phone number, and it seemed much easier and feasible to reach an agreement by e-mail, as we were doing before.

1 week without response, I insisted, 2 weeks without reply, insisted, 3 weeks without response, insisted. Just in case I check your networks and video, and there is no credit given.

Apparently I was filed with the many complaints they should have and do not think to answer. Many will think I should not complain because my drawing “appeared in a famous video”. How is that good if no one knows who did it, and the people who published it clearly does not want the public to know that drawing is not theirs?

That prevents me gain more public and hurt my job, when they could easily do the right thing and not cause problems…

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