On Sat, 9 Sep 1995, Paul Cole wrote: > > > On Sat, 9 Sep 1995, FourSpace wrote: > > > On Sat, 9 Sep 1995, Ole Gjerde wrote: > > > This might be a problem. TSR has copyright on that stuff, so if they > > > wanted they could sue you :) > > > TSR was supposedly going to sue any muds with areas with mobs/objects > > > that they have copyright on. > > > > > > Just warning you :P > > > > > > > I don't think TSR would have a leg to stand on unless you are making > > money off of the mud (which none of us Circle muds would dream of :). > > Suing a mud for using the monsters and objs as-is form thier manuals > > would be equivalent to climbing through your bathroom window and > > arresting you and all your guests for playing an aD&d module. > > > > Fireball > > Actually. It depends entirely upon which portions they have registered > their copyrights. If you use something that has not had its copyright > registered and then the offended party can attempt to do three things > > 1) Seek injunctions to prevent you from possessing, reproducing <got you > on that one>, translating, distributing <got you on that one too>, > the material < unless you have a license for one or more of the > > < above either expressed or implied>. > > 2) Seek damages to the tune of any real value loss to their own work > <lost sales or whatever> in past, present and future. > <put it on an ftp site and future losses are quite large> > 3) Seek any funds received as a result of use/possession of the material. > > Point #2 is very dangerous since they can produce proof that profit was > lost based on your player count and seek damages based on price of > work * number of players. > > If the copyright is --registered-- on the other hand, they can do all the > above PLUS > > 4) Seek damages to the tune of <some large figure I don't recall> just > because they feel like it. This is in addition to any or all of the > above. > The problem with this is, though, that you cannot find a mud that doesn't have ANY monsters out of the TSR books, and I think TSR would be hard pressed to sue EVERY mud. They would, more than likely, loose money in the process.
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