Inevitable, or simply unfortunate? Mane6 just gave this notice:
We have what for most will be bad news, for us are terrible news, and for a selected few might actually be good news.
We have received a C&D letter from Hasbro’s Legal representatives, asking us to cease game development, remove any materials that might contain My Little Pony characters, names, locations or related elements from the sites we control (Our site, our youtube, our twitch), and “cease any further use of [their] MY LITTLE PONY property”.
Options have been considered, lawyers (ours and theirs) have been contacted, and resources have been (mostly) exhausted.
We have attempted negotiating with Hasbro for the continued use of the property in our non-profit, voluntary project, but so far we haven’t received an answer. As such, we’re complying with the contents of the C&D letter until we receive answer from their PR and/or Legal departments.
We also want to inform the general public of the final and irrevocable resignation of James Workman (Elosande) from the Mane6 DevTeam, effective February 6, 2013, as well as reminding of the final and irrevocable resignation of Prominence, effective January 30, 2012. The Mane6 DevTeam no longer represents their interest, nor do they represent ours.
We’ll keep everyone posted as the situation evolves, but be aware we might not be able to respond to comments and questions due to the delicate nature of the situation. Thanks for following our project so far.
[Update:] One bright spot in the midst of it all:
@manesix want some original characters to make a new game with?
— Lauren Faust (@Fyre_flye) February 9, 2013