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My Little Pony Online Shut down

by Reinhard Rheeder-Kleist (Choc_Salties)  Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:10:42 AM

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While considering myself a Brony in training this didn’t even come up on the radar till this was announced: My little Pony Online is being shut down, citing copyright law.

If I’d heard about this when it came out, I would have been

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But since I didn’t even know about this and then only becoming aware of it now that it’s being shut down I’m like…

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The guys behind My Little Pony Online have put out a statement on their forums stating that Hasbro didn’t really have much of a choice in their manoeuvrings. From the news post, “Hasbro is not to be blamed here. As per U.S. Trademark law, as soon as an infringement comes to light, they are obligated to defend the trademark, or they will lose it. They had no choice in the matter, regardless of what they thought of the project or how it benefited them.

The matter was quite strict: there was little that we could do to work around it. We removed the download link and development was suspended. Discussions continued through the month, but it came down to one fact: MLP:Online had come to an end.”

Furthermore, there is light at the end of the tunnel for both Bronies and the original development team. Their studio name has officially changed to Starlight Studios, and most of the original team is sticking together, as well as starting on a new project which will be pony-related, and hopefully be able to show it off at Bronycon 2013.

Bronycon 2013? Where? WHERE??

Thanks to Kotaku for the alert and the MLP Online forums for the source!

And yes, Fluttershy is best pony!

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