The Foundry - End User License Agreement
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Join Date: Dec 2007
07-02-2011, 04:20 PM
The actual reason for this is that it protects Cryptic Studios from legal action by said parents.
No it doesn't. re-read what I said. To simplify: the player is a 10 year old kid, he signs up to use the foundry. in this situation the parents have agreed to nothing, the child has also agreed to nothing because according to US law a minor can't enter into such an agreement with any company. So in short, Cryptic would not be protected from said parents because no consent was given and nothing is binding on a minor. Is it likely to happen here? probably not. But theres no reason it can't happen, which is why it is important to be careful about age verification. It is also the same reason several porn companies have been screwed over royally by parents over the years for using 'models' who were underage at the time. Not all that uncommon with some seedier companies like that.
The EULA was written by their corporate lawyers. It's unlikely that they're going to change this agreement unless you call Cryptic Studios and give them your Bar Number.
it is very likely it would be changed if a very annoyed parent started causing trouble. Just because its written by a lawyer doesn't mean its legal. Have you watched the news recently? All kinds of companies get sued all the time. drug companies especially. The agreements, tos's, EULAs, notices of non responsibility, etc.. are all done up by corporate lawyers. That doesn't mean they are legal, or that said lawyers are even competent. You would be amazed at what some companies try to get away with
This is not true. There is no US law that covers what you can name an imaginary space ship in a video game.
who said anything about a space ship in a video game? as far as those types of laws are concerned this is a commercial interest - in the case of the foundry it is copyrighted material that is developed by people for a company, which makes it their responsibility to keep stuff like that out of it. the medium it is created in is irrelevant. Such things are just as serious regardless of its a video game or not. No different than what the copyright nazis would do to cryptic if dstahl suddenly added shatners license to the game as kirk without his permission (before jumping on that one on the basis of mccoy and scotty being in the game, those were much easier to use given the fact that at the time they were added to the game both actors were dead)
This is completely true. People have already had their Foundry access revoked for violating these rules. I'm not guessing on this, StormShade (a Cryptic employee) has confirmed that this has happened.
I didn't say for violating rules. I said they can't punish or revoke access to a service you are paying for, for doing something that is legal.