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User-created LBP levels face unexplained deletion

10 November 2008

What would Monday morning be without a little tabloid scandal? No, we aren't talking about Obama and stem cell research, or jailed football players - this week's leader is none other than Media Molecule's justly heralded LittleBigPlanet.

According to this thread at the LittleBigPlanet forums, swathes of home-made levels are facing mysterious deletion. Given that the average LittleBigPlanet level can take days to conceive, create and test, many players are getting rather irate.

The culprit may well be this particular clause from Sony's new Electronic User Licensing Agreement (EULA):

"Do not create, transfer, share, send, submit, post or upload any User Generated Content that: Is protected by copyright, trademark, patent or trade secret or subject to third-party proprietary rights, including rights of privacy and publicity - unless you are or have permission from the rightful owner."

Sounds reasonable enough, but on the basis of complaints thus far it's often unclear what exactly constitutes copyright infringement - Sony has neglected to provide details in many cases, though LBP forum moderators have promised a more robust feedback system. Among the casualties are countless Batman levels and that treasured God of War rip-off we saw during beta.

More on this story as it develops.


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