Disclaimer: this isn't legal advice, as you're not my client Simon, but hypothetically...I suppose their somewhat knee-jerk reaction would be:Rev: You're producing pirated copies of a series we own the rights to on a commercial basis.Sim: Sorry, didn't know, stopped now.Rev: Right, now we're going to sue you.Sim: What for?Rev: For taking sales off us - loss of profit.Sim: But you don't have any commercial releases out yet and didn't own the rights until recently. Where's your loss of profit by my actions?Rev: Um, ah, well, people who've bought the series from you won't buy it from us.Sim: But I only had a few episodes. How do you know people won't buy your proper released DVD versions anyway, even having bought mine?Rev: Ah. We don't.(Rev's solicitors disappear in a puff of logic).Plus, of course, as you say Simon, you've effectively demonstrated (as to a lesser degree this place does) that there's a market for their products. But realistically, what you were doing was never going to tread on the toes of a serious commercial launch even if you'd carried on with it. I suppose they'll be after your domain name next!The sort of people who are in real danger with this sort of thing are the Ebayers who sell VCDs of stuff like Beast Wars/Machines - they're still commercially viable and that could land you in hot water. I had to smile at the sheer cheek of one such auction (I was checking on my own Beast Wars auction's competition) where he was doing a VCD of Beast Machines and all his screenshots had the Fox Kids logo clearly emblazoned on the top left!
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