Well this was fun. We got you guys good, didn't we? :P

Posted by dky.tehkingd.u on Mar 31st, 2013

It has recently come to our attention that the makers of the upcoming live-action webseries "Freeman Chronicles" have violated copyright in regards to their artistic design choices.

In this video on the front page of their website, you can clearly see at the 2:00 mark that the concept art that is being used is extremely similar to our own Michael Tannock's HEV suit model. In fact, it is so similar that we are willing to bet that this cannot be a coincidence. We have contacted our lawyers, and they agree that this may very well constitute a severe breach of copyright. We have sent the Freeman Chronicles team a Cease and Desist warning, which has not been met with compliance. As you can see, their video has not been modified in any way to reflect the true origin of the HEV suit design. The Freeman Chronicles team does not have any intention of ever performing the requested modification of their content, and as such, the video still portrays the work as their own. In response to this serious disregard of our rights as originators of the HEV suit design in question, we have full intentions of pursuing legal action, as advised by our legal team.

Such blatant copyright violation cannot and will not be tolerated. With your support, we can win back our right to our own HEV design, so that what is fair, right, and just may remain so.

UPDATE: We have just been informed that the Freeman Chronicles team has followed up on our lawsuit with an accusation of conspiracy. We at the Hazard Course team will not stand for this, and consider this false accusation to be an open declaration of hostilities. This means war, people. Join us in the fight for our rights! We will fight this injustice to the end!

In the midst of all this unfortunate negativity, there is still some good news though! Although we prepare for an imminent legal battle unlike any we have ever faced as you read these words, we are still pleased to announce some positive developments on our side.

Specifically, we are very pleased to announce that our long-standing job opening for the position of Writer has been filled. Please give a warm welcome to Craig "Spaghetti" Spivack, who has recently joined our team as the official writer of the Black Mesa Hazard Course! He will be bringing depth to our new characters, and add flavor to a newly-reimagined Hazard Course that was, quite frankly, pretty boring in the original Half-Life (nostalgia aside, of course).

Here are some words from Craig:

"I'm really happy to be joining the Hazard Course team! My background is in screenwriting, but I find the interactivity of video games and their ability to not just tell a story but to deliver an experience very interesting. I'm looking forward to writing for the mod, and making it feel like much more than just a tutorial."

Good words! We're definitely excited.

One of the most amazing things to come out of this new addition to the team is our newfound realization that life has some really odd quirks, and works in very mysterious ways. After reading an early draft of a script that Craig wrote for us, I realized that he named two of the Hazard Course scientists after two of my old high school science teachers. After giving Craig a lengthy interrogation about this and possibly embarrassing him to the point of breaking down into a near-PTSD state, we found out that we actually went to the exact same high school! Some small world, huh? Crazy.

The world does indeed work in strange ways. As the drama unfolded during my interrogation of Craig's years of secondary education, a thought dawned on me as I pondered life. What would we do after we finish re-creating the Hazard Course for you all to enjoy? What would fill our burning need to create content for you, the community? Through hours of deep thought, I have come up with a revolutionary plan: Just as the Craig's-high-school-incident had expanded my mind to infinite proportions, so too shall the Hazard Course be infinitely expanded!

We are very proud to announce our brand-new plans for the development of several alternate editions of the Hazard Course after initial release, that we are codenaming "Hazard Course: Infinity". What is Infinity, you ask? Well here's the thing: There are so many variations that one can do with something even as simple as the Hazard Course, it's absolutely amazing.

Among the various editions that we can do under the Infinity project include the obvious ones, such as "Hazard Course: Barney's Training", a re-imagining of the Hazard Course from Blue Shift, or even "Hazard Course: Boot Camp", a re-imagining of my personal favorite, the USMC Boot Camp from Opposing Force. Of course, these are just some of the many possible variations on the theme of the Hazard Course. The possibilities are infinite!


Infinity is a very large number of possibilities, and as a community project, we don't want to disappoint. So if you feel that you have a great idea for us, send us suggestions for new Hazard Course editions in the comments below! As always, we are very open to community feedback. Hell, if you end up suggesting a Hazard Course: Seuss Edition, we won't mind! That's just one more step down the long road to Infinity!

Thank you guys for being such a great community. We understand that it's difficult to be excited about orange and gray dev textures, but we are making tons of progress. We only wish for more hours in a day, and more free weekends each month. Regardless, there is just so much to show you guys in the days to come! So sit tight, hang on, and enjoy the ride!

P.S. Happy (belated) Easter!

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Theevina Mar 31 2013, 10:57pm says:

I'm glad you're making progress.

(But I'm really confused about this copyright deal which seems to not make sense to me.)

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Foxhounde Mar 31 2013, 11:21pm replied:

April first, be careful what you believe even if it says it was posted on the 31st.

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Nihillo Mar 31 2013, 11:23pm replied:

Shhh, you're ruining it.

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ChromeAngel Apr 1 2013, 4:00am replied:

*ahem* April fools! *ahem*

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Guest Apr 1 2013, 4:42am replied:

See our response at the freeman chronicles website. Absolute nonsense this claim is.

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[Tox(sic)] Apr 1 2013, 10:18am replied:

Oh my god.
Now THAT'S how to take a joke.
I'm honestly so proud.

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dky.tehkingd.u Author
dky.tehkingd.u Apr 1 2013, 5:03pm replied:

An open accusation of conspiracy? Are you kidding?!

We will NOT tolerate the aggressive and provocative acts of the Freeman Chronicles team any longer!

Do you hear? There WILL be CONSEQUENCES!

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dky.tehkingd.u Author
dky.tehkingd.u Apr 2 2013, 12:37am replied:

Haha you guys are the best. :)

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*Don* Apr 1 2013, 3:04pm replied:

This is silly. You should be flattered not upset.

You just gave Freeman Chronicles all sorts of publicity though, haha.

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notaclevername Mar 31 2013, 10:59pm says:

You guys are making mods, why not share the work you all do respectively? Just help them out if they can't fix it themselves.
edit stars here:
"Freeman Chronicles" oh is it a free web series? still come on. Law suits over modding is ridiculous. Plain ridiculous.

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TimeCrab Mar 31 2013, 11:11pm replied:

April 1st dude

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evan0605 Mar 31 2013, 11:13pm says:

Get over yourselves. Your a mod team making a free game with the hopes of being Greenlight, and they are a free webseries. Has Valve sued them yet b/c they are truly infringing on their copyright properties by doing a webseries on Gordon Freeman and Half-Life 1/2 universe, and doing a funding campaign? Really come on, just make your mod and move on. Is your mod and all related material even registered with the US Copyright Office?

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JohnSmirnov Mar 31 2013, 11:39pm replied:

Some people just have a very increased FOS-i (Feeling of Self-importance). To be honestly, its not the first time, when developers of that mod act egoistic or very ignorant, like in the "Word of God Has Spoken" news, where one of developers on forum (Crypt) told everyone to shut the f*ck up about one thing people argued about (I know that arguing about this training level timeline is kinda stupid, but anyway, I dont think that you need to be so rude). Or when one of developers of this mod, attacked developers of mod about Alyx (I do not remember, what they argued about, but you can try to finde out yourself).

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FLAPJACKDAN Apr 1 2013, 6:10am replied:

It's an april fool joke you fool.

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Juniez Apr 1 2013, 10:44am replied:

Ffffs i just realized and now i feel like an idiot

Well played team

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OccasionallyZane Mar 31 2013, 11:28pm says:

Not really sure why you guys are, being, you know, ********. I mean honestly? Think about work they've put into the project already, It's like what Hasbro did to the My Little Pony fan game "Fighting is Magic" Unless you have FULL proof of it being yours, why not contact them before sending them cease and Desist warnings. I mean, Valve could just shut you guys down right now if they wanted to.

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MorsTactica Mar 31 2013, 11:30pm says:

If you guys need a writer consultant/USMC expert, I'm your man.

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JohnSmirnov Mar 31 2013, 11:46pm says:

And yeah, one another important thing. Do you guys played or at least seen PS2 version of Half-Life or played Decay or Half-Life series with High Definition Pack ? If not, look here : Sectorw.wikia.com Or if you're very lazy, here : Sectorw.wikia.com and here : Sectorw.wikia.com . So, I want to ask, are you dumb or something ? Considering your words, we need to lawsuit VALVe and other modders, seriously, before judging someone, make a search or take a look. Just because you're making a remake of Training levels, are not making you or your project so super cool and very important, so only you can use HEV suit. Seriously, sorry, but this is just stupid.

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FritzOfTheSS Apr 1 2013, 12:23am replied:



OH **** SON, **** GOT SERIOUS!

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Muck_Sicky Mar 31 2013, 11:47pm says:

Doesn't valve own the rights to the HEV suit?

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JohnSmirnov Mar 31 2013, 11:51pm says:

A link to the HEV suit page on Sector W is broken, but I hope this one will work : Sectorw.wikia.com . And yeah, well, but even lets imagine (imagine) that they really copied it from your HEV suit (though as you can see, its just an HD version of High defenition and PS2 version of HEV), they're making FREE (!) Web series and you're making a small free mod, that is remake of training. Seriously, law suitting them, just because of that is so dumb. And lets imagine if Freeman Chronicles will be closed because of you. You want to be so infamous ? Cause I dont think that people wil be happy, that FREE half-life 2 web series got cancelled, becase of whiny developers of remake of HL series training levels.

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RageFace Mar 31 2013, 11:51pm says:

I hope that lawsuit is some kind of early April Fools joke.

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JohnSmirnov Mar 31 2013, 11:55pm replied:

I honestly have the same feeling. Well if so, its a bit fun and original I say, but if this is not a joke, well IMHO its very dumb.

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JohnSmirnov Mar 31 2013, 11:57pm replied:

The peron I replied to, got his comment and my reply deleted, but if you're curious what he said: he have a feeling that this is april fools joke (I honestly think so too).

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Cod_Fish Mar 31 2013, 11:53pm says:

Happy April fools to you guys too! :)

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JohnSmirnov Mar 31 2013, 11:59pm says:

Well, yeah, *clap clap* very nice april fools joke guys. I almost believed it, LOL

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FritzOfTheSS Apr 1 2013, 12:14am says:

You guys are suing... over material ( Half Life ) that belongs to NEITHER of you. Grow the **** up.

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FritzOfTheSS Apr 1 2013, 12:19am says:

Continuing what Banker2001 said:


You lose.

I'm unwatching this mod for its development team's pure arrogance. You guys are going to sue over content that does NOT belong to EITHER of you.

Also, if the Freeman Chronicles cancels due to you guys, you guys are going to get ****** up the *** by your community. I ADVISE you dont do ****.

Seriously. You guys CANT be true Half-Life fans. Just a bunch of cash-wanting whores.

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Guest Apr 1 2013, 12:43am replied:

I'm starting to think this is some sort of April Fools joke, albeit a bit of a misaimed one. Hope I'm right.

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[Tox(sic)] Apr 1 2013, 7:52am replied:

it's an April Fool's joke

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Sn1pe Apr 1 2013, 12:25am says:

April fools everybody, April fools.

God bless.

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BlazeHedgehog Apr 1 2013, 12:29am says:

I almost fell for it.

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Guest Apr 1 2013, 12:40am replied:

Same here. Then I saw the date.

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ares512 Apr 1 2013, 12:31am says:

i hope its just an april fool

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Oomphstein Apr 1 2013, 12:43am says:

this is an April fools joke right? i mean you guys can't be serious

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warbrand2 Apr 1 2013, 12:53am says:

April first people.

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Dman757 Apr 1 2013, 1:05am says:

If this isn't an April fools joke I don't know what is.

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Tatsur0 Apr 1 2013, 1:08am says:

April fools anyone? It's got to be, otherwise... yeah :/

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Cybertrance Apr 1 2013, 1:13am says:

You all are getting worked up over nothing....check the date of the news post...

April 1st?


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[FH]Gorgutz Apr 1 2013, 1:20am says:

This is obviously an April Fool's joke, guys. :P

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negifan Apr 1 2013, 1:30am says:

Today's april fools isn't it?

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Magic_Nipples Apr 1 2013, 1:30am says:

Is all this infringement talk just a early April Fools joke?

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SnakeTheFox Apr 1 2013, 1:36am says:

IN TODAYS COMMENT SECTION: Nobody notices the date.

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redrich Apr 1 2013, 1:36am says:

And nobody gets the joke. Look at the date people. Seriously....

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Killer_Monkey Apr 1 2013, 1:58am says:

The joke

Your heads

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sam6321 Apr 1 2013, 2:03am says:

I'm going to call this out as being an April fools joke, certainly the devs of this mod aren't actually this stupid.

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sam6321 Apr 1 2013, 2:07am says:

Wait my comment was removed? HA! THIS IS AN APRIL FOOLS, I KNEW IT!

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Apr 1 2013, 2:27am says:

*Looks at calender*

*Looks at comments*

Faith in humanity: -20,000pts

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Juniez Apr 1 2013, 2:44am says:

there's no way you'd be able to win that case and you just wasted a bunch of money getting a lawyer

way to go

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Fallatus Apr 1 2013, 3:04am says:

um... Is that copyright/gonnasuetheirassesoff thingy a joke?
Because it sounds kinda like a joke. Just wondering.

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SotaPoika Apr 1 2013, 3:10am replied:

I'm sure the Hazard Course team wins the case. I mean, it's obviously copied by Freeman's Chronicles!!!

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