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11-20-2012, 06:26 AM
Originally Posted by bitemepwe View Post
Not anymore. Microsoft lost the Shadowrun IP, so I would think they did not retain any FASA IP ownership.
Not quite.

FASA Corporation ceased active operations but still exists holding its IPs that it licenses, FASA Interactive was purchased by Microsoft.

The BattleTech and Shadowrun were sold to WizKids, when Microsoft acquired FASA Interactive they also acquired the electronic rights to Shadowrun in the process.

Currently Smith & Tinker have licensed the electronic gaming rights to MechWarrior, Shadowrun, and Crimson Skies from Microsoft.

You see there is a difference of IP were WizKids owns it and electronic gaming rights that Microsoft owns then (by extension when they brought FASA Interactive).

Originally Posted by misterde3 View Post
And it seems to be a license that has power from "beyond the grave".
Someone always owns the IP because its a property, if the company goes under its hold by a creditor since its a assent, if the creator dies then its inherited by someone.

Only Pre-Disney did IPs could fall into public domain, well they still can do in some parts of the world.

In Star Trek FASA case I think since it been discontinued by the license holder, the rights to concepts go to the original designer.

Last edited by f2pdrakron; 11-20-2012 at 06:31 AM.