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Tuesday, 5th July, 2011, 10:25 PM #1
Superhero (Lvl 15)
Paizo Copyright Issues at Obsidian Portal?
So, it being July, I'm a little late checking on June's Campaign of the Month at Obsidian Portal. It sounded pretty cool, so thought I should check it out. A little late for sure, it's no longer open to the public.
Apparently, Paizo issued a C&D to the campaign owner, due to what he describes as tiny thumbnail images of item cards being handed out to his players (check the comments section at the bottom of the interview).
Seriously? If that is all there is to the offending material, tiny, unusable images, then this seems pretty silly to me. Sounds to me to along the lines of the good ol' days at TSR, or White Wolf's current draconian measures regarding use of their IP.
I like the guys and gals at Paizo, they do good work. But this, I don't like, just seems very player-unfriendly.
Tuesday, 5th July, 2011, 10:32 PM #2
The Great Druid (Lvl 17)
Paizo is a company first and that's one of the reasons they are a successful company. I don't see anything wrong with them protecting their properties.
Tuesday, 5th July, 2011, 10:48 PM #3Always headed for rune.
Tuesday, 5th July, 2011, 11:05 PM #4
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
"There's a fine line between a superpower and a chronic medical condition."
- Doctor Impossible
Tuesday, 5th July, 2011, 11:23 PM #5
There are definitely times when that line blurs. If we are talking about an accessory where the utility is derived from its physical form or a photo where the value is derived from its visual form, then sub-par reproductions of those doesn't diminish or cannibalize the original IP. My interpretation of this situation puts it in that later category.
There is actually a really interesting parallel to this situation going on right now in the video game industry.
Edit because I didn't realize a link to youtube auto embeds the video. I am a noob.Always headed for rune.
Tuesday, 5th July, 2011, 11:28 PM #6
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
I'd like to see a sample of the work that was pulled before making an opinion.Power clarifies, and absolute power clarifies absolutely.
Tuesday, 5th July, 2011, 10:33 PM #7
Let me be the first to point out that there is probably more to this than the one side we're hearing from the DM, and how about let's withhold judgment until we have a better picture of what's going on here.
Was the Obsidian Portal page in question making use of the Pathfinder Community Use Policy?
Tuesday, 5th July, 2011, 10:45 PM #8
Superhero (Lvl 15)
The guy has his own RPG company. I'm sure he understands that Paizo needs to protect their IP, so I'm more likely to lean his direction than that of the bored corperate lawyer with the itchy trigger finger.
Tuesday, 5th July, 2011, 10:50 PM #9
Guide (Lvl 11)
I dunno, if it is tiny and unusable, don't use it.My Greyhawk cartography project. http://admundfortgeographer.deviantart.com
Tuesday, 5th July, 2011, 10:54 PM #10
Superhero (Lvl 15)
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