I have to agree with Rucklo, Sgt. Schultz Clock, Angel of Peace, Omega Red, and Zack Striefel on this issue. At the same time, I'm all for original content, but only if it's good. To me, it's not in the length, the animation quality, originality, or what have you; it's the end result that counts. Truth is, I think that there needs to be much needed copyright reform, considering how stringent copyright laws have become these days. That's the reasonably short answer, now here's the longer one:
I don't have a problem with commercial music and video game graphics in flash movies As Long As The Following Criteria Are Met:
-The subject isn't overdone (though I do like I Dream In Retro and Super Mario Second Chance).
-The Author has at least one or two original cartoons/games under their belt.
-The Author is just doing this to have fun and not use the site as a means to get rich quick. (More on this later)
This, of course, is one reason why I have both McFretN and Kine The Genius in my favorite authors list, as well as I Dream In Retro and The Undead in my favorite flash movies. Both original and derived projects live in co-existence in my book. On the other hand, I'm in favor of original content, and being original is good. However, that's only if the idea and work; otherwise we end up with the likes of Minushi, Clock Suckers, Lethal Injection (or anything by Notorious), Leo & Satan (though I thought the first one was a laugh riot), Tarboy, and Waldemar Schuur's Furbaby just to name a few. This brings up a point that I want to make: Most of the authors who use NG as a means to get rich quick are usually the ones with original characters. (Examples: James Farr and those guys who submit motion comics.) Of course, there are original cartoonists who read what others have to say, post on this forum, or take the time to review other people's submissions. These authors include:
Then there are those who claim to be ardently against the use of copyrighted stuff in flash movies in games, but when they use the aforementioned in their own creations; it renders their position null and void. And if they have been exposed for their fucked-up hypocrisies: then I expect their credibility to go down the shitter, followed by they being subject to the NG Assassin treatment.
Finally, there are authors who may not be completely original, but take the stuff they like and make it into their own. These are usually the most prevalent of the 'original' authors and most of them are well-respected if I recall. This is all I have to say on this issue, and it wasn't easy for me to say. However, I thought that my opinion on this issue was needed.
Side Note: Now, I'm all for property rights of all kinds, but I'm also in favor of copyright reform.