Confronting the Specter of Copyright Law in 'Kingdom Hearts II'

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This article contains spoilers for Kingdom Hearts II.

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More Kingdom Hearts game crit please, this is very good.

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This is exactly the sort of piece that makes Waypoint so special :smiley:

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Spectre or Specter?

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On the same topic of copyright law and how it interacts with Kingdom Hearts in a more obvious level: The KH games are, of course, also a celebration of all the Intellectual Property that Disney controls (and thus has the right to use however it wants).
Disney may be Disney, but what Disney incorporates is now Marvel and Star Wars, and so Kingdom Hearts III also expands to include them, absorbing them into its vast mashup multiverse. It’s a nostalgia-tugging way to demonstrate just how many creative works have all been absorbed by one controlling legal entity. I’ve always had an ambivalent feeling about KH as a result: before strong copyright, this kind of mashup was the right of basically anyone who wanted to, rather than requiring a content monopoly which enriches a single giant corporation.