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Really, that quick? A total overhaul in less than a year? That's very impressive :)
Will that be V1.0 btw?
Because WB doesn't care about us or any customers for that matter... They only care about their money. If anything, the petition will leave a mark. But I even doubt that... Anyways, courage and hope are found in unlikely places. Just read through the comments on the next page and you'll find it ;)
No, but you'll be free to follow them.
I agree and if this means what I think it means, Hail to you MERP team, that your pc's may never have a BSOD and your mods never die!
Wow, that is pretty awesome. Perhaps I'll have my own pilgrimage to the Hobbiton set once :)
The devs have already done that I believe, to no avail sadly... They've actually sent one to Ian Mckellen too. He did answer but couldn't help.
I think increasing hope would be somewhat of an overstatement. MEB said the team was only just alive a few pages back (metaphorically speaking ofcourse). So they're hanging in still, but I hope they will outlast the TE-WB lawsuit.
Yes, you're right. If only there would be some justice in this world...
You're right though :) And since MERP is a non-tangible product, that lawsuit could be very interesting.
You're welcome :) And nobody knows really. I have no jurisdiction experience or anything so I can't predict how long the settling of this lawsuit is going to take... We're talking about 80 million dollars though, so my best guess is that it's going to take quite a while.
That decision is about the counterclaim which was issued by WB after the Tolkien Estate sued them. If a judge will deem the counterclaim invalid, that would be of no real use for MERP, other then keeping the hope alive.
Indeed it is, but still without answer I fear.
Plans for a totally new mod or plans for MERP in another engine? I'm sorry for my impatience... It's just that news is hard to come by these days :)
Well, yay for them. They'll see Gandalf fighting a Balrog. I hope WB will make their own spywared platform. Then I'd put a little WB logo on the wings of shadow...
Yeah, I figured as much.. Is that because WB answered or because the project has been idle for too long?
<cough> *as many as possible
Check MERP, check merp.straygenius, check MERP, Check MERP. It has become somewhat of an obsession for me, I think :P
As much as possible. Nobody knows at which number WB would yield, if they would yield at all.
nope, that's all 'tangible' merchandise. The lawsuit is about SZ and WB trying to squeeze every last penny out of The Hobbit, thereby violating the bounds of their contract with the Estate.
I think this quote is quite important too:
"Pointing to a merchandising agreement from United Artists back in 1969 (which Warner Bros and Zaentz were the “successors-in-interest”), WB says they’ve been “exploiting the rights for some time” and that EVERYONE involved knew Zaentz held the rights to online video games as long as 16 years ago."
So what they're basically saying is that if one exploits the rights for a 'long' time, those rights can't be taken from one. According to this logic merp has the right to continue, as it started development in morrowind, before oblivion was released. This leaves a time span of about 8-9 years (correct me if I'm wrong) during which the lotr rights were exploited by the merp team, in prior to the c&d by wb last year.
So the bottomline is that if my interpretation is correct, this situation can't go wrong for merp. If the estate wins, wb doesn't have the right to continue the c&d. If wb wins, they are defeated by their own words. That will serve those damn hypocrites right.
I would say several years from the restart of their work (to reach v1.0), but my guess is as good as anyone's...
The TBD sign is there for a reason... There's no way they will be able to give us a date (and so themselves a deadline), because they have a life besides this project and lives are renowned for colliding with wonderful mods like this one (and life wins 90% of the time, which is very just in my opinion).
Amen to that. Christopher has his oddities, but his heart is plainly in the right place.
Well, I didn't know news could be NOT new...
Yeah and that is what both TE and WB fail to see, sadly... Although free usage of the Tolkien heritage would not lead to beautiful things only, as is nicely illustrated by the WB slot machine example. So there has to be some control and the hard part would then be where to draw the line...
I don't think WB is considering this argument in the least, as all they care about is money and keeping their lotr license. But the TE does ofcourse deem this (the ill-use of Tolkien's universe) an important thing to reckon with, which is why they will encourage WB to pursue copyright infringers (if you will). Therefore the TE could be the savior of MERP, but it's also MERP's biggest threat, as it for a large part caused this stalemate in the first place...
So the bottom line is that free usage of Tolkien's works can not be allowed, as it will lead to a shitstorm of less noble lotr products. This still leaves me wondering about all the other lotr based mods out there. "you can not unring a bell" springs to mind, but if WB means business they can sue the crap out of all those mod authors ***** if they want to, if only to make an example out of them. So in the end I still can not figure out the real reason for C&D'ing MERP, as MERP only started to become really big after the C&D.
Ofcourse, why not. Everything for your comfort :)
Prepare for your flaming, magic unicorn ride into stardom :P
Haha, fair enough :)
You mean Rassians Anite!
Yeah, it was a nice read, though it doesn't really offer any striking conclusions. I think it's more of a blogpost than an article :)