I’ve had some people asking me what really happened with Star Wars Unity. I tried to explain it without much detail in my first post due to not wanting to cause issues for anyone else, but since then some people have made up some wild assumptions and lies about the situation so I figure I should clarify a couple of things. Some of these assumptions are innocent and people trying to read between the lines, while others are just lies that seem to be exploiting me being purposely vague so they could further some agenda.
One thing I heard was that Jason at MakingStarWars made me take down the site because it was too similar to his or competition. His site gets millions of views a month so he’s not really worried about a friend of his competing with him. That idea is just stupid. The idea behind his site is to look at the whole process of making a Star Wars movie, and that wasn’t something I was going to really focus on in the first place.
The other going around was that it was forced down over the Snoke image that leaked. I never hosted that image, and I just linked to a forum post where it was first released. The post wasn’t even up long enough to be seen much before I pulled the site down, so again that idea is pretty dumb. I think that post was only up for a couple of hours at most.
The truth is the site had to come down because of all of the drama surrounding the DMCA takedowns over the unreleased Rey action figure. I posted my story about that on Thursday, and it went pretty viral. First it was picked up by The Mary Sue, and then later in that afternoon I was contacted by the author of the Ars Technica piece for more information. His article went up on Thursday night where he also had comments from the EFF. From there it went to Business Insider, the Consumerist, and lots of torrent sites that run stuff about DMCA takedowns.
Thankfully as Friday morning came the focus went more to Star Wars Action News (who had the DMCA takedown reinstated and then suspended from Facebook over it), but the damage was done.
Friday night I found out that Jason was having issues due to that because of my involvement with their podcast. Even though I ran my own site completely separate from him, he was getting heat for something I wrote that was completely unrelated to him. Even though the Ars writer didn’t have a problem finding the “Contact” page on Star Wars Unity to contact me, I had to hear about these problems from someone else who got hit just because I was a guest on their podcast. Jason didn’t even know what the whole issue was about as his site didn’t touch it.
Even before this people confusing things posted by myself or Jason as one or the other was a big issue. On the Jedi Council Forums I would post an opinion about a spoiler or something and people here would immediately take that as “MSW says this”, even though I ran my own site (Furious Fanboys) and was just a guest on their podcast. This latest instance of that was bigger than just some random person on a forum confusing us as one person, so that’s when I decided to step away from the podcast.
That’s also partly what caused me to write this over the weekend. It’s just not worth it to have that guillotine hanging over your head where you have to worry about keeping certain people happy. So instead of just removing the posts about the DMCA takedown I decided to pull the plug on the site. It was only up for a week, and it just wasn’t worth the risk of pissing off the wrong people.
I still own the domain (for now) and if things blow over in time I may bring it back. But for now I’ll just post some dumb stuff on this blog.