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Wednesday, January 16, 2013


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Arcadia Codesmith

I think most if not all virtual worlds are now or soon will be moving towards some system of user-generated content, simply because it's the only way to keep up with the voracious appetite of players for new content.

And players will copy IP illegally. Formulate a policy to deal with it and move on. I highly doubt there's anybody in the industry at this point who can credibly say, "oh no! We never even considered that!"

Shockwave Yareach

And how exactly does LEGOS avoid getting sued when someone makes a mockup of the enterprise with those bricks?

Answer for Legos -- they don't care. If someone wants to sue, sue the builder.

Answer for Disney -- they shouldn't care. If someone wants to sue, sue the builder.

Honestly. All these corporations need to realize that fans creating fan-made stuff draws more fans and more customers to the company's stuff. And a limited agreement license could easily be created which gives people in SL or Disneycraft or doritoville permission to create user-made versions of $IPstuff so long as income from that does not exceed 100$ a year. And if it goes above that, then a revenue sharing version of the license is needed up to 10,000$ a year. Beyond that, I guess real licenses need to be worked out with lawyers.

Of course we builders can always just say it's our own invention (see the extra engine?) and any resemblance with someone elses stuff is purely coincidental.

Arcadia Codesmith

It took the Trek owners years to figure out that the unofficial fan sites, fiction, art and other forms of expression enrich the value of the franchise rather than detracting from it.

Disney is notoriously resistant to the concept. But... we shall see. The House of the Mouse surprises me sometimes with a brilliant, forward-thinking move. Sometimes. Not often enough.

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