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Dannyalcatraz

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Depends on how famous and iconic the sentence is. Odds are good that if it’s recognizable, it’s actionable.

OTOH, if it’s just for a single shirt for personal use or a gift, nobody who cares will notice. And if they do, they won’t do anything beyond sending you a C&D letter, if that.
 

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Aeson

Adventurer
Depends on how famous and iconic the sentence is. Odds are good that if it’s recognizable, it’s actionable.

OTOH, if it’s just for a single shirt for personal use or a gift, nobody who cares will notice. And if they do, they won’t do anything beyond sending you a C&D letter, if that.
I can assure you we did, in fact, evolve from filthy monkey-men.
 



Mad_Jack

Explorer
Actually, a quote, no matter how popular, really can't be enforced as intellectual property unless it directly contains the names of characters from the show or other things that can be enforced, or it's commonly acknowledged as a character's iconic catchphrase, etc... And nobody is going to copyright/trademark all the dialogue from every episode of their show.

But as long as you're not actually selling the shirts, it's basically a moot point anyway.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Staff member
Copyright arises automatically, registration is mainly about ease of enforcement. That said, I can guarantee you almost every final script coming out of Hollywood has been registered,

And whether something is for sale is immaterial.

But if the infringement is minimal, the odds that someone will come after you for it are likewise minimal. Lawyers cost money; lawsuits take time- there are bigger fish to fry than a guy with a single t-shirt.
 



Aeson

Adventurer
If they do, that’s between you, them, and their lawyers.
Gotcha

I cooked spaghetti and then went out for awhile. When I came back my house smelled amazing. Very tomatoy and peppery.

And I tried out Neverwinter this weekend. I'm surprised it took me this long. I think it was my racial hatred for 4th edition. It's still a favored enemy but I've loosened up a bit. Anyway, the game looks really nice and the powers system really does lend itself well to a video game. Last night I tried out a halfling barbarian. Tonight a Drow warlock. The warlock is neat.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Staff member
4Ed was- for me- nice to play, but I never EVER wanted to DM it.

And as I always said during the old Edition Wars, it alwaysed seemed videogamey to me- but like arcade combat games, not the typical comparisons to MMORPGs others were making.
 
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Aeson

Adventurer
I liked the monster manual. I think it's what made me hate it less. I thought things might be easier to DM. I hadn't tried.

One thing I find odd about this game is there are items that require skills to interact with. Thievery, arcane, religion, nature, dungeoneering, or a kit of that skill. If you have these then you can loot whatever is in the item.
 



Dog Moon

Adventurer
And some holders of IP's are MUCH more likely to think "My precious... Nasty, thieving hobbitses has stolen it" and then go full Smaug on Lake Town than others are. ;)
Yeah, I think it's tricky, depends probably on how much people care. I remember when Carlton from Fresh Prince tried to sue some video game company over his "Carlton Dance" he made famous in that show, but they were like "nope, just dance moves, you don't own those" and dismissed the case.

And I remember hearing Matthew McC (I don't know how to spell his name) specifically copywrote "Alright, alright, alright" so literally no one can use that specific phrase without getting in trouble. I feel if he went to that much trouble, if you used that, he actually WOULD do something about it.

If you wanted to be REALLY safe, you could probably just change one word. I was reading up on patents on clothing and apparently some of that stuff is really tricky. You make a green with some white design. You can't patent every single design, so if a person really wanted to copy your dress, all they had to do was change the color by like 1 shade and the white design ever so slightly and it was technically a new dress.

I know none of that probably helped, hah.

On a side note, my favorite Futurama quote is regarding Slurm: "How does it taste? It varies from person to person."
 


Dog Moon

Adventurer
4Ed was- for me- nice to play, but I never EVER wanted to DM it.

And as I always said during the old Edition Wars, it alwaysed seemed videogamey to me- but like arcade combat games, not the typical comparisons to MMORPGs others were making.
I always felt that 4e would make the PERFECT tactical rpg, like Final Fantasy Tactics. I mean, movement and powers were already based on squares. I feel like it was a missed opportunity.

Although there were things I did like about 4e. I liked the idea of "at-will" powers, I liked Marking, I liked the Warlord and the Spirit Shaman, I liked the Bloodied State. Now, I don't necessarily agree that these were all done perfectly, but they were neat ideas. I felt like 4e had some interesting ideas on Reactions as well, triggered abilities under certain circumstances.

Overall, my group tried it, but despite some of the neat ideas, we had a negative view towards it. Which is why we went to Pathfinder. And of course with 5e, our group is now split between 5e and Pathfinder. Which is now unfortunate because no matter which game we play, someone isn't going to like it. [Our group has had a 5e campaign running for a while, so have tried Pathfinder 2e, so don't know what people will think about that yet].
 

Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
I remember reading that the phrase ”let’s get ready to rumble” is also copyrighted to that one announcer and he has made good money licensing its use, or something like that.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
And some holders of IP's are MUCH more likely to think "My precious... Nasty, thieving hobbitses has stolen it" and then go full Smaug on Lake Town than others are. ;)
For instance, don’t mess with the House of Mouse (Disney). Or the Rolling Stones.
 


Aeson

Adventurer
A dead enemy in Neverwinter fell onto a table with one leg and arm dangling off one side and a leg dangling off another. In WOW they just fall through objects. Another slumped against a wall.
 

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