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Yes, but TE could also be against this. Keep in mind that Christopher Tolkien considers that it is his DUTY to maintain the integrity of his father's works and is quite unpredictable as a person so we don't know how would he react if he were to find out.
Here is what the Tolkien Estate has to say about fanfiction:
Can I / someone else write / complete / develop my / their own version of one of these unfinished tales ? (or any others)
The simple a1nswer is NO.
You are of course free to do whatever you like for your own private enjoyment, but there is no question of any commercial exploitation of this form of "fan-fiction".
Also, in these days of the Internet, and privately produced collectors’ items for sale on eBay, we must make it as clear as possible that the Tolkien Estate never has, and never will authorize the commercialisation or distribution of any works of this type.
The Estate exists to defend the integrity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings. Christopher Tolkien's work as his father’s literary executor has always been to publish as faithfully and honestly as possible his father's completed and uncompleted works, without adaptation or embellishment.
From this I understand that only commercial exploitation is illegal but what is the purpose of fan-fiction if it is made only for private enjoyment?
Taken from here Tolkienestate.com
Wow, grats for 25k!
Just in case you definitely decide to not make the next episodes, have you considered making a proper ending for RAGE now that the tools are coming out very soon?
One more thing, can we expect a release until March?
I don't remember if this has been asked yet but if all goes wrong, have you considered working only on the map? I would be happy even with that.
Does anybody have any idea how the Tolkien Estate lawsuit is going?
It's been 3 months since we've last heard anything about this. When can we get some news?
Hey, I've just watched the interview and I have to say that the scenery is amazing apart from one thing: The trees look kind of off, are they still WIP?
So when can we get some news?
Really? Then I must have gotten it wrong, I apologize. But seriously, they didn't even give him a clear answer? That's just as bad as WB.
In the event that this TE lawsuit helps you get back to work on the mod, what do you think about taking this Moddb page down and quietly continue working on the mod?Possibly even under a different name (elvish for instance)
I imagine the TE could easily type "middle earth mods" in google and quickly find yours therefore putting your project in danger yet again (which would be pretty stupid lol).
Remember, TE sent a C&D letter to a LOTR Morrowind mod, so be careful. Without the help of public claims, do you still think you could finish this? Perhaps you could still hire people by starting a thread on Nexus for an "Extremely ambitious untitled mod" ?
Choosing this between Black Mesa and Doom 3: Phobos was tough... But you guys need the votes!
You have my sword.
What about this? Youtube.com
It's not over yet, so I wouldn't get excited.
Hey MERP team! I have an off-topic question for you. You guys play Planetside 2 right? If so, what server are you on and what faction? It would be cool if we could play together :D, my username is Doomguy666.
How likely is it that TE will win the case?
I know! If they win against WB, they can work incognito(and take down this page) on the Rohan release and then they could release it, along with the whole heightmap and say it is finished with updates coming every few months/years. What do you think?
This is so funny!
And why shouldn't it?Even if you are a curmudgeonly purist, you have to admit that from a visual and audio perspective, the movies are fantastic.
Too violent? We're talking about war! And there is actually not that much action (when taking in consideration a 12 hour movie). I think people should be grateful for what we have. Have you seen the Boorman script? I hope you haven't, you would have seen naked hobbits if he had directed it.
Also, don't think CT will receive MERP with open arms and quite frankly, he's a douchebag. He disowned his own SON just for giving PJ some advice when making the movies. He is NOT like his father.
P.S In 2003 the Tolkien Estate sent a C&D letter to a Morrowind Middle Earth mod, so I would be careful.
Even if that does happen, won't MERP be in dager of the Tolkien Estate?
LOTR SLOT MACHINE?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Keep your chin up guys! Frodo Lives!
If all goes wrong have you considered working on the mod under the radar until then? I am thinking they might not renew the licence immediately so wouldn't it be possible to release it within this time gap? Also, have you asked them whether you can work on it but only release it after their licence expires? I imagine you've already considered this possibility but I posted this just in case. Is there really no loophole in case all goes wrong?
Any idea when their gaming licence expires?
So how are the negotiations going?
You think so? Just look at what happened to Middle-Earth Roleplaying Project for Skyrim. I would stay under the radar until the first release.
Isn't that one of the stages of Phase 2?
Very cool! Again, it reminds me of Half Life, which is not a bad thing at all.
So what do you think?