A YouTuber has ripped all the assets from The Simpsons: Hit & Run and dumped them into Unreal Engine 5 to remaster and release a demo. But it's now no longer playable.
Protecting copyrights and all that, but why can't companies do that while also allowing these things to exist? Perhaps there's a remaster in the works or something as well, but otherwise? Just protect your copyright by allowing the fan project to exist, but with provisos. Things like "no money can be made off this project" and "we reserve the right to revoke this license at any time" - the latter in the event they decide to make something in the future they want to monetize. There has to be some kind of middle ground for these kinds of works. The nuclear option of cease and desist should not be the sole "solution" for protecting copyright.
I think if someone is willing to create a demo of an old game it shows interest and the love that person has for the game.
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