Co-founder and Animation Director for Epoch Games. Freelance Photographer.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 25 2013, 6:35pm replied:

We already have a petition.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 25 2013, 9:43am replied:

Enpremi isn't a member at the moment, no.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 17 2013, 9:38am replied:

Yeah, that would be a good idea! Prove that its a global community

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 16 2013, 6:15pm replied:

Unfortunately in America we do it wrong :P (they) I only posted it, it was written by an American team member.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 16 2013, 9:28am replied:

As has been said before, Bethesda will NOT participate in this, they will simply tell us to stop.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 16 2013, 8:03am replied:

Ah, this looks like a better address. Added to the post.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 16 2013, 8:02am replied:

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.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 16 2013, 6:15am replied:

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.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 16 2013, 6:12am replied:

A board game is not in direct competition with WB's products, an open-world RPG is however.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 6:49pm replied:

You should be able to send one to the LA office from Columbia. No need to do the London one if you cant.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 6:43pm replied:

Having no subject will flag it for spam. Just put 'Inquiry' or something ;)

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 5:13pm replied:

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.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 5:11pm replied:

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.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 5:09pm replied:

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.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 5:05pm replied:

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.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 5:04pm replied:

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.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 4:05pm replied:

See my answer to this on the main page^
Short answer: Not really.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 4:03pm replied:

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.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 3:59pm replied:

And my Banhammer! :P Don't start these damn chains.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 3:32pm replied:

Exactly

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 3:30pm replied:

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.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 3:27pm replied:

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.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 3:23pm replied:

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

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 3:22pm replied:

Sadly no. Bethesda don't want anything to do with it, and specifically say that the modding tools are not allowed to be used to infringe on legal properties. If we alerted them then chances are they would just tell us to stop too.

+16 votes     article: MERP Campaign
Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 3:20pm replied:

Letter bombing would only count if you put explosives in the letter, which we don't advise.
This is a completely proven way of campaigning, though I guess you could say the whole business of this is 'in bad taste' mostly on WB's behalf.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 3:18pm replied:

The problem is the content, not the engine. WB couldnt care less about how we 'infringe', its the fact that we 'are' that matters.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 1:46pm replied:

Its still under authorisation, its coming.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 10:01am replied:

RIGHT. Lets do something then! A news post is currently processing and you'll see what the next step is.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 15 2013, 5:43am replied:

The music is totally ours. Releasing it would give the wrong impression about halted development though.

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Epoch_MEB
Epoch_MEB Jun 13 2013, 4:09pm replied:

There is a DL link over on its Moddb page ;) That version has been playable for years

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