Back of the Box - 90s Video Game Coloring Book
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Fully funded on Kickstarter (link)!
What is "Back of the Box"?
Back of the Box: A 90s Video Game Coloring book is full of 30 pages from some of your favorite titles from the era. They span from video game console to computer titles, ranging from all different genres. You're bound to find a gem in here!
Each coloring page has been hand drawn (no computer generated filters or AI here!) to try and capture the essence of what made all of these video games so memorable (including, very likely, artist rendition mistakes -- shh! don't tell anyone).
The coloring book is saddle-stitched (i.e. stapled like a comic book or magazine) and measures 5.5" x 8.5". Interior paper is 42lb, which allows for markers to be used without bleed.
Fair Use is in interesting topic and I wanted to highlight it here. I wrote a post about it when researching and planning the project (Blogger). Overall there are 4 things I had to keep in mind.
1. The Purpose and Character of the Use
The coloring book is designed to celebrate and used as a teaching tool that showcases influential and relevant video games from the 1990s. The work itself is also transformed as the utility of the original work has changed substantially (i.e. a coloring page will not be confused with a video game nor be confused as a legitimate reproduction).
2. The Nature of the Copyrighted Work
The original nature of the work is that they are published works as both the full video game experience as well as the screenshots themselves used in publications, which is favored in Fair Use. The nature of the copyrighted work is also interactive entertainment, and the transformed work is far removed from that.
3. The Amount of Substantiality of the Portion Used
While the work itself, a coloring page, utilized the full screenshot, it is limited to a single screenshot from an entire video game experience. Let's use the example of a video game that takes four hours to complete that runs at 60 frames per second. A specific scene is 1 of those 60 frames, which is 3,600 frames in a minute. That computes to 216,000 frames in an hour, which computes to 864,000 frames in four hours. A single frame thus being a fraction of a percent of the actual work.
What is also important to note is that this coloring book only selects a single frame from the entire work as opposed to multiple frames from multiple points in the work.
4. The Effect of the Use on the Potential Market
Use of these transformed images have no effect on the market as the transformed work is based on individual frames or screenshots of the video games themselves. These coloring book pages will not replace the video game nor is there any confusion of whether or not the coloring book is the video game itself. In addition, no similar product is being marketed by the copyright holder to my knowledge. If there are similar products, such as a coloring book featuring any of the games in this coloring book, that specific page will be removed from my book immediately.
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