Get this on the front page of TWC! More petition sigs! Glad I checked the TATW forum or I wouldn't of known!
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By "go to russia" i was just trying to remind that many ways of bypassing laws exist) I'm not good at that,
so i wont say how to do it) but people around me often talk about x) So it's real) In russia many laws are stupid,
so we bypass them
This a action is nothing new - when the films were first getting prepared (not even a pixel to it's name) a company called Iron Crown Enterprises (http://www.ironcrown.com/) had a fantastic PnP game called Middle Earth Roleplaying based on their 'Rolemaster' set of rules - which are superb by the way - the royalties charge for the use of the LoTR franchise was bumped up so high that it killed the company (the above link is a ressurected form). I still have my copy of Rolemaster (very dusty now though) and also a number of the middle earth campaign modules that were released.
MERP/LM would have been a superb basis for a computer game
Last edited by philipjd; September 08, 2012 at 03:29 AM. Reason: typo's
I don't think that same thing, if it was a game in development (?), MERP is a mod. Tought I was checking few mods for Skyrim, and it seems similar things have happened before. There was mod that added trolls from DragonAge to Skyrim, and it was brought down after EA saw it..
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Well, from a business standpoint this means that they see that the cost of filing a cease and desist order and estimating the cost of taking it to court will bring them some financial benefit (i.e. they have a product in the works which WB considers to be similar in some nature to this mod, or expect to license a product in the near future which they believe the mod in question will decrease their ability to sell), or it caught their eye simply because skyrim is such a popular game and they have a company-wide policy of pursuing cease and desist orders even on relatively harmless infractions when they appear.
I would guess TATW is safe due to the comparatively low number of M2TW players and it would not be seen as really necessary to pursue this mod, though it could find itself under the microscope if the skyrim mod case gets more attention
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Renaming places/character names etc wont work. It's like playing a football management game with clubs like Mansester United and Wayne Looney. Simply does not work.
In any case I'm sure TATW or any LOTR mods for RTW/M2TW will be safe as WB from what I know is making game RPG style which is probably the same as Skyrim. While the modders don't have monetary benefits WB will loose some future earning due to people will be buying other game (Skyrim in this case) to play MERP and not the game that WB published.
Last edited by LestaT; September 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM.
The issue made it to memebase i see
some guys i know suggested the cause of this may really be because MERP is the name for another game that could be owned by WB. Maybe if those modders changed the name name?
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Those who are legal with Steam can't follow the Russia way of pc gaming, and WB knows these legal players are numerous and Russia players count for few with them.
I think what's lost in all this is that WB has a legitamite claim against MERP here. They are making lotr-related movies, and this could potentially cost them money.
I hate that there doing it as much as the next guy, but I don't see MERP ever winning a court case or anything else for that matter. Just because it's free doesn't make it allowable. There are many other criteria it also has to fit.
We are probably going to have to accept that as more and more companies come to the internet to reach out to consumers, more content that was ignored or looked past won't be anymore. The business's have already destroyed competition online, it's a natural step to attempt to make a monopoly over the online domain as well.
Sadly, that's just how capitalism is.
TotalHalibut (sure some of you know him) speaks about this in his latest mailbox, question 3 at mark 12:27.
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