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I've been creating a lot of stuff in the Foundry on Tribble, but I haven't built a complete mission or published anything yet. I'm intentionally waiting for the Holodeck version of Foundry before I do that.

BUT I've planned out the first mission I want to create and publish with the Foundry on Holodeck. I'm just not sure whether it violates the EULA.

The DS9 Companion (and Memory Alpha) mention in the background information for the DS9 episode "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night" that the writing staff's original idea for the episode was very different from how it finally turned out. They were going to tell the story of "ghosts" appearing on Deep Space 9, which were actually Bajoran children that a Cardassian scientist during the Occupation had sent into the future to save them.

However, they ditched this idea and instead wrote the episode we saw on screen.

I want to tell this story of the ghosts and the Cardassian scientist in my first UGC mission. But is this allowed?

I would not create likenesses of any actors from the show, etc. So no problems there. But I'm wondering if I'm allowed to take this aborted episode idea and write a UGC mission based upon it using the Foundry?
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# 2
03-24-2011, 10:33 AM
Technically, you can only draw from the onscreen episodes and your imagination for content.

That said, a copyright is not applied to a premise but to a specific and fixed execution. So as long as you aren't adapting the unused shooting script, use whatever premise you want.
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# 3
03-24-2011, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Leviathan99
Technically, you can only draw from the onscreen episodes and your imagination for content.

That said, a copyright is not applied to a premise but to a specific and fixed execution. So as long as you aren't adapting the unused shooting script, use whatever premise you want.
And to add to this, your not copying the original script(if there even was one) word for word. All your doing is expanding upon that idea.
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# 4
03-24-2011, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by The.Grand.Nagus View Post
And to add to this, your not copying the original script(if there even was one) word for word. All your doing is expanding upon that idea.
To quote the DS9 Companion (page 548):
'"We'd gotten halfway through the break session," confirms David Weddle, "and we quit and started talking about Kira's history".'

So it looks like there wasn't ever a script - it doesn't seem like it ever got much past the stage of the writers discussing the idea, before they dropped it and wrote something else instead.
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# 5
03-24-2011, 03:12 PM
Even if there was a script, everyone can assume that you probably never read it. And since it was never distributed, there is technically no claim on that story.

Yes, it is the basic idea from someone else but aren't almost all stories? I say go ahead there is nothing to fear. And I look forward to play that mission.
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# 6
03-24-2011, 03:21 PM
Sounds like it would be a great story. Go for it!
Ideas are copied all the time. You're only using that idea and making your own story for it.
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