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Re: (TFT) Devil's Advocate
From: Michael Taylor <MichaelTaylor1@compuserve.com>
Subject: Re: (TFT) Devil's Advocate
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 00:09:28 -0400
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3) Use TFT as a model and write our own RPG that is based
upon it. We can agree it will be in the public domain,
what the term "official release" means, etc. This has
a lot of possible benefits, the only drawback I can see
is the committee development approach.<
Here's my take on this briefly.
My point is that if we write it close enough to TFT to duplicate what makes
TFT fun, we'll be violating copyright. If we move far
enough away from TFT to be safe from copyright infringement, we'll probably
ruin the game.
You said it yourself about "Pocket Fantasy/Compact Warrior". No
matter how close it is. It's not close enough...(sorry Guy, but that also
goes for several other games that have been very
Now I dont think the TFT design can't be improved, but I doubt we
could develop something 'very similar' and yet something that doesnt
violate the copyright laws in a manner that would hold up in court. No
matter how much we went by the 'letter' of the law, the courts could still
determine that we violated the 'spirit' if we adhered too close to TFT.
Unfortunately, I agree with you Michael. I say unfortunately because I
probably won't try out Pocket Fantasy/Compact Warrior. Not because they
might not be good games but because 1) Nowadays, unless I am shown how to
play the game, usually at Cons, I won't play it...Hmm now that I am writing
this, though, I might buy it because I like to read other gaming systems...
2) I am already deeply into TFT. Slight TFT alterations are acceptable to
me. If it isn't the TFT game, the fanaticism I have probably won't
transfer. [My, What a provincial view that is. And I'm trying to get
others to buy MY game?]
One could publish something similar and perhaps violate the copyright laws.
I guess it only becomes a problem if you're told to desist and you don't.
Then you get taken to court and sued. But who is it that is going to tell
you to desist? That would only be the copyright holder. If he doesn't
fight for his copyright, I guess it won't stop the similar product. I think
the government moight itself stop copyright violations, but I doubt this is
a case the government would take up.
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