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Re: (TFT) TFT: Middle Earth
"Patrick Keleher" <email@example.com> wrote:
> ... I'm certain without asking
> permission to do so. And I doubt that Harvard Lampoon had permission from
> Tolkien's estate to publish 'Bored of the Rings'.
It wasn't needed; parody is considered protected by the First Amendment
here in the US - a right defended in the Supreme Court by MAD magazine!
Thanks, Bill Gaines!
> As long as you aren't
> putting out a blatant plagarization or intending to make money off of the
> adventure I wouldn't even have bothered to ask for permission -- since the
> estate has already been paid by commercial interests for use of J.R.R.'s
> creations, they kind of have to say no if asked by anyone else.
The profit factor is irrelevant to the copyright.
> In other words, if you really think that what you have is a watered-down
> generic wilderness trek which relies solely on references to LoTR to make it
> interesting then it probably won't be much fun to play -- from your
> enthusiasm for your friend's work, though, I suspect the adventure is strong
> enough to stand on its own. Change names, extrapolate original encounters,
> make nudging references only fans will understand, and do it with respect
> and affection for the trilogy.
Yup. It's possible to capture the feel of Middle-Earth without using a
single Tolkien reference - just ask Terry Brooks! The adventure should stand
on its own, whether you use Gandalf and Sauron or Frux and G'zuntite.
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