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# 1 Canon and CBS
07-21-2010, 11:31 PM
If we drop all these Canon claims, can we forget about having to get things approved by CBS and streamline the approval process?

And doesn't the pure concept of UGC break the IP that CBS owns?

Or is the claim that things take approval just another tactic to play off development taking longer and not hitting deadlines?
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# 2
07-22-2010, 12:01 AM
*facepalm*
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# 3
07-22-2010, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Creovex View Post
If we drop all these Canon claims, can we forget about having to get things approved by CBS and streamline the approval process?

And doesn't the pure concept of UGC break the IP that CBS owns?

Or is the claim that things take approval just another tactic to play off development taking longer and not hitting deadlines?
No.

CBS control the rights to Star Trek. Unless you want Cryptic to

A) Remove every single thing from Star Trek
B) Completely rename STO to something else

CBS dictates what Cryptic can or cannot do with their game since they are banking on THEIR franchise name.

UGC does break CBS laws in theory but thats one of the things Cryptic is trying to figure out. CBS CAN choose to allow a UGC and dictate if any user content can be used.
If a User created content brings in Picard or something, I gurantee CBS would not let that fly easily.

If a user creats a random Klingon fighting a Federation battle, CBS probably would care.
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# 4
07-22-2010, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Creovex View Post
If we drop all these Canon claims, can we forget about having to get things approved by CBS and streamline the approval process?

And doesn't the pure concept of UGC break the IP that CBS owns?

Or is the claim that things take approval just another tactic to play off development taking longer and not hitting deadlines?
My answers to your questions ...

1- Nope. CBS still needs to approve ship designs and the overall story content. It's part of the licensing process.

2- First up, UGC is being developed for the entire suite of Cryptic games. And it's been suggested that their third game is the real impetus behind this movement. Some say it's a Neverwinter Nights MMO. Others say it's a Hogwarts Online MMO. But they have a third game they are making. And UGC is planned to be part of it. STO benefits from this. And the most oft suggested gimmick for getting around the pothole your question cites is ... UGC will be Holosuite adventures. So it all happens on your holodeck. You remember, where Worf and Alexander went into the old west, and Data played Sherlock Holmes and Picard played a hard boiled detective and so on and so forth.

3- Look at the engineering report and then try to figure out how a small team can maintain that workload. That's why their deadlines get shuffled around. That's life. That happens at a lot of companies.
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