No, wait!

We’re supposed to release on Wednesdays, and tomorrow is that Wednesday everyone is blacking out their content to protest SOPA or something.  So this was completely planned.  We’re glad to hear Wikipedia, Boing Boing and other sites are following the proud example of the most important site on the internet.  Or at least our iTunes feed.

Comments (9)

Greg ChristopherJanuary 18th, 2012 at 10:50 am

Save vs Bull successful!

Willie GrossJanuary 18th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Nice save Dan ;)

IanJanuary 19th, 2012 at 10:56 am

I guess it could be interesting to hear about SOPA and how it could effect gaming as a banter topic. I mean, it might get a little close to ‘no religion/politics’ but there is plenty of fan-made material (Chad’s heavily Inception-inspired RPG for example) that could be potentially effected by it.

ChadJanuary 22nd, 2012 at 10:50 am

I agree Ian. I come out and say that Lucid is an Inception RPG, the only tweaks I made were to get it to work in a table top setting. Could the owners of Nickelodeon shut down Evil Hat for making a game that is inspired by Avatar the Last Air Bender? Those guys are making money off of that one.

http://danielsolisblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/do-pilgrims-of-flying-temple.html

BenJanuary 25th, 2012 at 12:22 am

SOPA/PIPA doesn’t enter into fan-made stuff. fan-made material is already a legal gray-area. artists/authors typically allow fan-fiction, etc, because they know it gets people excited in a good way. only artists with sticks up their asses like Anne McCaffrey actually go out of their way to try and stop fan-art.

regardless, taking inspiration isn’t copyright infringing. I assume Evil Hat’s game doesn’t use Ang’s name and character/personality, or use other characters/locations/etc from the series… if they did, it’d definitely be illegal, and could get them in trouble (especially if they’re making dollars).

I definitely agree PIPA/SOPA are no good, but people seem to misunderstand what they’re about. copyright infringement is always illegal. PIPA/SOPA are just trying to hold the wrong people responsible.

LucekJanuary 25th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Ben, There is the blurring there. Derivative works do have wrights and you can’t copyright ideas. I’ve read thru Lucid, and in Chad has overblown the amount he took from the film. No characters, no plot, no setting. Just the concept of a device and the basis for some archetypes. If he stopped calling it a rpg based off inception, he probably could win a court case if it came to that.

DavidJanuary 27th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Derivative works are covered under Fair Use. There would be no case, as it would be a derivative work and therefore eligible under Fair Use. As soon as he published it on the internet, it would automatically become his published work and his property.

Required disclaimer: not a lawyer, and these are my opinions and not legal advice.

JimJanuary 30th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Ben is right – SOPA/PIPA has/d nothing to do with shutting down Evil Hat, and wouldn’t have over Pilgrims – using “inspired by” in Daniel’s marketing should be fine. Saying “Lucid – An Inception RPG” would be a big red flag, and the copyright owners of the movie could/would probably come after it.

There’s actually a podcast called Law of the Geek (http://lawofthegeek.com) that is two lawyers who tackle geek topics like this. If you submitted the question, they could probably tell you at what point that would be a problem.

I’d actually be interested in hearing you talk to them since they could dispel a lot of misinformation, which, no offense, David seems to have posted a lot of. ;)

DanFebruary 1st, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I’ve found a much easier way to get your questions answered and myths dispelled. I think I’ve mentioned it on the show a few times, but in case I haven’t, check out an FAQ put together by the Federal government itself…

http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/

Regarding “fair use” specifically…

http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html

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