Hey, guys. I stumbled upon a mind-boggling video of some unexplained creature and my friend mentioned it would make a neat SCP. I feel I am not skilled enough to write an SCP off of it, but I wanted to see what the more experienced writers on this site could come up with. Keep me updated if you try and make something of this.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but that video is not real. It's a (very) short teaser that Neill Blomkamp made for the iPad edition of Wired magazine back in 2010. This also means that neither you nor anyone else on this site can use it for without permission from both of the creators. Or at least I think that's what it means. I don't know much about copyright laws, let alone the legalities of using someone else's intellectual property as a source of inspiration for an article on a horror writing site. But I'm pretty sure it means no one can use it.
If someone with more experience in this matter could back me up or correct me, that would be very appreciated.
"Freaky genetically modified shit from ordinary-looking farms/factories" is a pretty general trope. No, you can't use the thing in the video, but the base idea, being the above, is fair game.
Thought so. Thanks for clarifying that for me.
As a secondary sidenote, tons of people use images from things that may very well be copyrighted and thus infringements :P This isn't to say that I would support or promote such behavior or that we should as a group, but it is common enough that if somebody had used an image from that video, it would be par for the course.
Thanks for the responses, everyone! I think it'd be a better idea to look elsewhere for inspiration to avoid the copyright issue. I'm currently working on my first SCP (tips for beginners are very much welcome).
when i saw the title i thought it was going to be that video where the japanese guys poke this thing that looks like a woman's,uh… lady parts, which then explodes after they poke it too much. yeah.
That's just a holothurian, AKA your friendly neighbourhood sea cucumber.
You want something freaky, try this: Metalosis Maligna
That video didn't really freak me out, but it did reminded me of A LOT of SCP-217. Heck, it's almost exactly like 217, but with random metal protrusions instead of clockwork.