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‘Iron Sky’ producers make peace with pirates

Blind Spot seals deal with Ziiso for game

The Finnish producers of a $10 million sci-fi Nazis-on-the-moon spoof, “Iron Sky,” have taken a counter-intuitive approach after a Chinese games company pirated their concept for an iPad game.

Apple took the product out of its iTunes stores when “Iron Sky’s” makers complained that Ziiso was making an unlicensed game about the film.

Rather than sue the company, “Iron Sky” creators are now in talks with Ziiso to make a legitimate iPad game.

“The people at Ziiso apologized to the ‘Iron Sky’ team in an interview conducted by the largest newspaper in Finland, Helsingin Sanomat,” said “Iron Sky” director Timo Vuorensola.

“The apology and Ziiso’s willingness to correct their error convinced me that we could co-operate with them on the game project. We are currently negotiating with Ziiso about revamping the game and publishing it as part of the official ‘Iron Sky’ merchandise.”

Producer Tero Kaukomaa, of Helsinki’s Blind Spot Pictures, added, “They say that attack is the best form of defense, but instead of a costly legal battle, we decided to try to strike a deal. If this succeeds, everybody wins.”

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A $10 million co-production with Finland, Germany and Austria, “Iron Sky” — from the creators of Star Trek parody “Star Wreck” — is partially financed by contributions from its global online fan base. The film is in post production and due for release in April.

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