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RE: [ukpbm] Legalities of APBM rules

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  • Howard Bishop
    If anyone knows someone at one of the bigger games companies, it might be worth a tentative off the record question. Alan Parr obviously knows the guys at
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 21, 2004
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      If anyone knows someone at one of the bigger games companies, it might be
      worth a tentative "off the record" question. Alan Parr obviously knows the
      guys at Gibsons pretty well due to his Fireside Football connection. Anyone
      else?

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Richard Smith [mailto:richard@...]
      Sent: 06/Jul/2004 00:02
      To: UKPBM (yahoo)
      Subject: [ukpbm] Legalities of APBM rules


      Hi chaps,

      A long time since I've posted anything on here - heck it's a long time
      since *anyone* has apart from a couple of spammers, but here goes...

      I've been gradually increasing the Rules Bank section of my web site
      http://www.sholing.force9.co.uk <http://www.sholing.force9.co.uk> and
      recently added some of Howard Bishop's excellent games from The Tangerine
      Terror. We had a bit of a discussion about the legality of posting
      play-by-mail conversions of commercial games on the internet, which left me
      more than a little unsure about what the official line is.

      I dare say this has been completely covered in issue 74 of "Ooh You Stabbed
      Me, You Bitch" or some other wondrous zine, but I would like to hear what
      people think.

      I dimly remember hearing somewhere that to legally play commercial games by
      post, at least one of the players or the GM should own a copy of the game so
      I added this as a disclaimer. I also ensured that the copyright owner of the
      rules was always credited. I do suspect however that it is still illegal
      without the express permission of the copyright owner. Is this the case? If
      so, do the games companies give a monkey's about APBMers?

      Richard
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