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Posted 20 December 2011 - 09:48 AM
Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:38 PM
If the problem is really that the game uses the Indiana Jones name and look (nothing behind character design, all the art and so on is 100% made by the team), then why did the older thread in the announcements section go by without a problem? And, really, is it forbidden on gamedev.net to post fan games? I wasn't aware of that and I find that very hard to believe. This is my thread I created before: http://www.gamedev.n..._1#entry3629382
This, for reference is another Indiana Jones fan game thread which also was not closed or moderated: http://www.gamedev.n..._1#entry4280581
I'm a little confused here, any idea what's wrong?
Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:51 PM
Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:40 AM
Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:17 AM
Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:32 AM
You don't need a whole list of concrete rules on everything, you know. That only leads to trouble.
Just let gamedev mods use their best judgement, and if something goes wrong take it up with the mods in private rather than posting a complaint thread calling for yet more laws to be passed.
Posted 21 December 2011 - 12:02 PM
Now, to me, that kind of offer is pretty helpful, right?
Posted 21 December 2011 - 12:15 PM
I'd love for Gamedev.net not to shut itself close to fan games that, while running the risk of getting shut down, pose zero threat of any kind to this place
Posted 21 December 2011 - 12:32 PM
Posted 21 December 2011 - 05:17 PM
Posted 22 December 2011 - 09:20 AM
Posted 22 December 2011 - 03:22 PM
The law side of things is clear to me, I'm considered a criminal under US American law. Of course, we shouldn't omit the fact that not a single soul has ever (to the very best of my knowledge) suffered any consequences whatsoever beyond getting a nice letter that tells you to please stop developing the fan game. So, to me, that doesn't exactly make me very nervous to be honest. If anybody was actually punished ever in any way, share or form, please let me know!
If you're going by the minuscule amount of 'trouble' that a cease and desist letter causes and you feel the need to protect me against that, feel free to do so. As I have said already, I'm absolutely okay with following rules I personally dislike or don't understand.
I guess you might also actually be enforced to erase criminal content anyways or doesn't Gamedev.net fall under American law in that way?
Personally, I really wish we we're still kids working on cool stuff in garages during long nights and it wasn't all big business and lawyer talk, but I realize the naivety of that attitude.
Out of interest, what's the deal with all the big titles that shamelessly rip off intellectual copyright? I'm thinking of the game Rift for example, which is a carbon copy of World of Warcraft down to the names and prices of the perks and tech trees. What's with Blizzard's StarCraft universe where the races and almost all units are taken directly from Warhammer 40k? And, ironically, the character Indiana Jones was actually stolen from old Italian Western movies from the 30s. I assume they used enough loopholes to make sure they couldn't get sued? Especially since I'm always talking about absolutely free fan games and these are all huge commercial titles!