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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 36
06-06-2011, 01:03 PM
Originally Posted by Azurian View Post
Thats exactly why I would like the Devs to put up a EULA DOs and DON'Ts. Like you said, its too easy to misintreprit the EULA.

But if what Wishstone really was "guidance" than a legal ruling, then I would like the actual legal ruling. We need to know where that fine line is, so we don't cross it.
It will be all DON'Ts aside from "make original content." And it will be nothing but an expanding list of DON'Ts.

They aren't Intellectual Property Lawyers. They don't know how to read their own EULA. They will err on the side of caution.

If you ask if you can use DS9 as a mission location? The answer will be no. If you ask if you can use a Cryptic NPC in the Foundry like Stellys the Wise, who already exists as an NPC? The answer will be no.

And I'm going to come right out and say what I've been thinking forever: use of Klingonese or foreign language missions is also technically a no. Foreign language will be shot down because Cryptic can't police it, like the forums, and Klingonese words will be shot down because they're a foreign language and because most originate in books, which we're expressly prohibited from using as reference.

Which brings up the next point: technobabble.

If you're using the ship blueprints as reference? Don't. If you're using any supplementary technical resources? Don't. If you're using something not decipherable as plain English? Don't.

The EULA itself is becoming a paltry defense because the devs aren't fighting FOR the fullest and broadest range of rights ascribed to Foundry authors in it.