We were contacted by few people that don't understand the legal status of Phoenix Interactive. There is plenty of things to say even if it doesn't concern Phoenix Interactive, it concerns the way we work on our projects.
We do not copyright our content
Copyright a content that belongs to a special IP is forbidden and we know it. In that sense, Mass Effect Reborn, Stargate Space Conflict and Battlestar Galactica Fleet Commander are not at all protected. They don't have any copyright protection because their respective universes and IP's are not ours. Mass Effect Reborn belongs to the Mass Effect Franchise (EA/BioWare). Stargate Space Conflict belongs to the Stargate Franchise (MGM) and Battlestar Galactica Fleet Commander belongs to (NBC Universal).
We were contacted years ago by the legal department of the Stargate Franchise itself. The MGM told us that we can work on a free project if credit is due and if we don't copyright and use our products to earn money. Of course we respect it. Only the intellectual property is a guarantee of protection for us.
We do not seek profit
No, if you thought we want to make profit on our products, then you don't know who we are. Phoenix Interactive, before being an association, was a dedicated group of beloved developers who wanted to share their respective passions while creating mods. Mostly 10 years later (We decided to work in 2005) we are still working on our free products. We do not seek profit or make profit.
We're not like the Complex modification team which decided with their "access the content before the others by paying a contribution to our team" to make some profit. We do not tolerate something like that.
Intellectual property ?
Intellectual property is given when you create something (on your own). It belongs to you or to your association, like Phoenix Interactive.
For Mass Effect Reborn, you both know that 90% of the models and textures were made by BioWare. Always credit when credit is due. In such case this content belongs to BioWare for everything (Copyright and Intellectual property). However, Mass Effect Reborn is an exception in our association. It's the only project that uses third-party and copyrighted content. Stargate Space Conflict is protected only for our intellectual property. The rest (name, logo and so on...) is not at all our property.
The reason why we published a such news is that few persons are still thinking everything we create is copyrighted. It's purely wrong. We are an association and the only legal guarantee given by the European State is "Your name including its logo will be protected, like your intellectual property".
In such case, the only content protected at Phoenix Interactive, after the name itself and it logo, is our intellectual property (models, textures, musics and so on...). In order to get that "intellectual property" guarantee, we needed first to create our own content. We did it for both mods except Mass Effect Reborn.