Co-founder and Animation Director for Epoch Games.
1) 'The Hobbit' pud is still around. They pay royalties of £64 a year.
2) Yes, we are working with a lawyer and are in contact with WB. We also have plans for more community action at a later date.
4)We probably won't say, but its not many. And even in those cases where someone did leave, it wasn't actually down to the C&D.
Just because we're not modding this anymore, doesn't mean you can't read the FAQ ;)
Wow, didn't expect to see you around :D Its been a long time Ced, how's it going.
One thing is, that WB are legally allowed to do this, its morally where they have a problem. We are morally on the high ground, which is where we win ;)
Mr Hurst is getting his much deserved 15 minutes of fame too :P
Thats great, he's got a pretty big fan-base too.
Dont post on the older ones, post on the latest, those are then going to be seen by the regular viewers, rather than people who have already watched it,
16k signatures... awesome
But did Frodo and Sam win in the end? Yes they did! And so will we!
We have already conteacted many people liek AngryJoe, but one person will not be noticed, which is why we need fans to message people too.
Take that back :P LEGO games are fantastic
Youtube.com A new place to comment! If we win this, I'm sure the team can make a documentary thing similar to this later on ;)
Tau is the way forward! Good man :P
Youtube.com Our interview with Game Cannon, it would be great if you could go and watch the video and support these guys.
Hosting DNS failure, Godaddy was hacked. Should be back up soon though
Great, now we just want more people to do this too!
We can't run out of money if we don't start with any, thats the whole point of the mod... Non for profit.
Youtube.com Lets get noticed here
But the point we are making, is that you wouldn't have sacrificed LOTRO if not for the C&D, so WB have cause the problem they were trying to avoid ;)
no, over 7000
look at our rank... there you go.
No no no no no... Don't use the copyrighted music and font. We can give you some music to use, but for heavens sake don't use that.
We have written a letter to send around the internet:
I would like to inform you of a Lord of the Rings fan modification of the Elder Scrolls Skyrim, which has recently been issued a cease and desist letter from Warner Brothers Entertainment. The mod's name is MERP (Middle earth Roleplaying Project), which has been in development since before 2008 (though then for a different game). Since then, the team has matured and the mod has seen a huge boost in quality, fan support and developemnt experience.
Now we need all the support we can get from fans, other modders, game websites, famous people and whoever can help to spread news about our current situation to show Warner Bros. how much everyone cares about our project.
After contact with Warner Brothers, they did not permit us to continue the project privately with no public releases. We have contact with a lawyer who is trying to argue our case as transformative and under 'fair use', but we also need all the support we can get!
Please help our cause, and spread the news and don't let this awesome non-profit project come to an end!
We have a petition, facebook pages, and a twitter hashtag – #SaveMERP
Our main news and blog site is: Moddb.com
Please help us and spread the news!
Together we can save MERP!
--MERP fans and gamers
The money is donated to GoPetition, but they use it to advertise our petition on other sites. We never see the money... we didnt even know about it until about an hour ago :P
The licenes vary... anything from £5k to $50k
Its all done through the GoPetitions website, we have no control over it.
Also I hope you realise just how much a licence would cost... probably 100 times the donations we've had.
Thank-you to eveyone who donated on the petition, also we have just passed 3000 signatures!
Please don't donate any more though, the money doesnt come to us, it goes on advertising the petition... its currently got advertising set for the next 116 days :P
Every little helps :)
The c&d letter was emailed to the team's email address, this contains no real-name of any team member, has no single IP address which uses it. The c&d was issued by an attourney of Warner Bros.
They originally, nor curently intend to sue the team, it was mearly a warning.
And yes, we have contacted a lawyer.
This would be a good idea. Everyone who can should start tweeting Angry Joe, Total Biscuit, The Yogscast... Everyone