Lead animator and general forum loiterer for MERP TC for Skyrim
No, Its the same IP and the same team behind it so the C&D stands for it too.
Not immediately. It would be nice if we didn't have to, but Moddb have certain rules that probably mean it will have to go eventually.
We are planning on releasing what we can, though it might be a while before we get time to organise it all.
It all depends on what sector of the team you are looking at. What skills do you currently have that we could benefit from? We are looking for anyone who can program, make assets, use the engine, can draw etc.
We will be sorting out applications soon, just keep an eye on the Epoch Games page and we will let everyone know.
I believe its the opposite of that, though I could be wrong.
Yes, anyone who can help is a good thing.
We already have a petition.
Enpremi isn't a member at the moment, no.
Yeah, that would be a good idea! Prove that its a global community
Unfortunately in America we do it wrong :P (they) I only posted it, it was written by an American team member.
As has been said before, Bethesda will NOT participate in this, they will simply tell us to stop.
Ah, this looks like a better address. Added to the post.
In no way is this a binding agreement. Its an automatic response to show that the email has been received, they have no legal obligation to actually respond if they don't want to.
The map can be copyrighted, since its a recognisable image.
Also 'inspired by' is a legal formality and would need to be decided in court, same with 'fair use' which we are fully. We just can't afford to take it to court to resolve.
A board game is not in direct competition with WB's products, an open-world RPG is however.
You should be able to send one to the LA office from Columbia. No need to do the London one if you cant.
Having no subject will flag it for spam. Just put 'Inquiry' or something ;)
Its not about citizens. EA could infringe these properties and be in just the same situation as us.
But yeah, it is the citizens that get screwed over and lose out in the end.
They make great movies that are a waste of the LotR and Hobbit IP. The Hobbit film was fantastic as far as filmography goes, but it was a shambles of a representation of the book.
Yep, thats one of the places we got our addresses from. It would be even better if we could find some names of the Legal/Game people so we can address them directly.
Correct. IP law is a massive issue at the moment. If I had the power and influence to rile people up and get it sorted, believe me I would. Sadly that just isn't happening, even a viral campaign couldn't fix it because companies like WB own everything and essentially write these laws.
They are ALL illegal. Its just that WB doesnt care about one person adding a weapon they made thats based on the film. The fact that we were making something they should be doing, but cant, is a big deal. Also the fact that just before then we were a massive deal in the modding community and were regularly hitting #1 on moddb. Which obviously drew their attention.
See my answer to this on the main page^
Short answer: Not really.
We've explained this before, but I'll do it again. The TRADEMARK covers names, the copyright covers visuals, music, stories and even ideas. As much as we'd love to do this, WB have expressed their opinion on the idea of removing all names, and we'd also have to remove all recognisable landmarks. This includes the WHOLE map.
And my Banhammer! :P Don't start these damn chains.
Its not particularly hard to tack someone on the internet. Unless you've been absolutely rigorous in keeping personal details away from servers then you're basically screwed. Also they can just ask your ISP.
In all honesty, they wouldn't know for sure that we had stopped. But considering that we are doing it in our free time and don't have the money to put into this, a legal case, court fees and a damages charge aren't going to do any of us a whole lot of good. Better safe than sorry.
We know that from your perspective it looks like an easy answer, but once you've actually talked to Lawyers who know how these things pan out, its a whole different board-game.
But if you were in our shoes, would you really want to risk all this palava again? We'd be far better off just doing the immense RPG and keeping it non-LotR