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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 18
05-20-2012, 08:28 PM
Originally Posted by cmdraftbrn View Post
ah but your missing the trick.

New Game Materials may utilize the Star Trek Properties as provided by CBS and Cryptic Studios unless otherwise specified in the Prohibited Uses section below. You may use the names of characters (past or present) from the Star Trek Properties.

Star Trek Properties are defined as including:

Star Trek - The Original Series
Star Trek - The Next Generation
Star Trek - Deep Space Nine
Star Trek - Voyager
Star Trek - Enterprise
Star Trek - The Motion Picture
Star Trek II - The Wrath of Kahn
Star Trek III - The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home
Star Trek V - The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek - Generations
Star Trek - First Contact
Star Trek - Insurrection
Star Trek - Nemesis

from this point i could use anything i wanted to from these source materials. now the next part

Prohibited Uses of the Star Trek Properties:

You may not use the first or last names, likenesses, or other depictions of any actors appearing in, or writers, directors, or producers of the Star Trek Properties.

at this point all established characters are nullified. unless they DONT look like the established characters

You may not use copyrighted content from the Properties, including but not limited to web content, promotional materials (posters, advertisements) or existing licensed merchandise (novels, trading cards, figurines).

Well seeing as the first list contains a list of copyrighted materials..... How does this work?

its like telling a town it can build a bridge across the river to the other town provided the bridge has zero environmental impact.

but thats my take on it. seems liek it walking around in circles
I can explain this.

Story elements are not copyrighted except when taken together... and it's generally a TRADEMARK rather than COPYRIGHT issue to create stories with Klingons or a starship Enterprise.

Specific, fixed executions of a story are copyrighted. Fair use permits use of copyrighted material to provide commentary or illustration but the concern is with stealing the "heart" of a work.

In short, what this says is not to recreate episodes or movies. You can reference them. You can quote them. You can use elements, ideas, or characters from them. You cannot adapt an episode wholesale and I think it may be debatable whether you can summarize an episode so completely as to render watching the episode moot, basically.