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Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site 174

mark.leaman writes "BoingBoing has a recent post regarding Games Workshop's aggressive posturing against fan sites featuring derivative work of their game products. 'Game publisher and miniature manufacturer Games Workshop just sent a cease and desist letter to, telling them to remove all fan-made players' aids. This includes scenarios, rules summaries, inventory manifests, scans to help replace worn pieces — many of these created for long out of print, well-loved games...' As a lifelong hobby gamer of table, board, card and miniature games, I view this as pure heresy. It made me reject the idea of buying any Games Workshop (read Warhammer) products for my son this Christmas. Their fate was sealed, in terms of my wallet, after I Googled their shenanigans. In 2007 they forbid Warhammer fan films, this year they shut down Vassal Modules, and a while back they went after retailers as well. What ever happened to fair use?"

Comment Re:Damn leeches (Score 3, Insightful) 427

I'd say the hypocrisy of RIAA is astounding.

The reason for reducing the copyright times are just because it would enable derivative works. Kind of how Disney took "Cinderella" or other stories in the public domain and made money and new stories out of them.

The hypocrisy comes in when they refuse to ever give stuff back to the public domain.

The people being screwed in this case isn't the heirs to Tolkien it's us. They shouldn't get any money after so many years. They are the true "leeches". That doesn't help or develops our civilization or culture.

Comment Re:Let me be the first one to say it ... (Score 1) 1870

Of course it's good for the society to be able to communicate freely and easily.

Of course it's good for the general welfare that stuff that can be copied without cost is spread to whomever who wants it.

Why? It's so obvious you really shouldn't need any "research".

It might not be good for a very very small percentage (like 0.00001%) of the population (big record company bosses) but I doubt you (even if you a commercial software developer as you claim) are part of that percentage.

Comment Re:My dilemma is this ... (Score 1) 337

Sweden do have a healty TV/film industry. Problably produces as much TV/film per capita as the US or UK, but still it's not a large country and since we can enjoy UK & US stuff in addition to our own, why shouldn't we be allowed to buy this?

Sweden is (was at least a couple of years ago?) also the third most music exporting country in the world (after US and UK). Britney Spears first album is really Swedish and so on...

So, it's not a matter of "pirate it because we don't produce anything ourselves".

Comment Re:Not like The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 423

They might be aware A robbery is happening/will happen/has happened but to the extent that you are aware a robbery will happen somewhere in the world today.

Sitting and monitoring millions of torrentfiles which in them selves are not the media is impossible.

They have replied to the persons bringing it to their attention by saying "don't talk to us, talk to the persons making the stuff availible". After saying that hundreds of times and still receiving stupid form-letters with pointers to irrelevant US. laws they start responding to them in funny, irreverant and sometimes a bit infantile way.

"Taking a creative work. Ripping it or recording it and distributing it to others without the permission of the creator" = "Taking a creative work. Ripping it or recording it and distributing it to others without the permission of the creator"
robbery = robbery

"Everyone should do what they can to protect the creative works and the artists"

I think sharing the creative works are the best way to do this.

BUT even if the reverse was true I think "protecting the creative works and the artists" are not THE top priority of the universe. It isn't as important as other things. Protecting the lives, security and freedom of people are much more important.

Human rights > Record company rights

Comment Re:Not like The Pirate Bay (Score 2, Insightful) 423

You're wrong, they are not aware the robbery is happening.

TPB are the persons making the paper where the automatic door-opener is advertised.

So, we should'nt prosecute the robber? (the individual fileshares)
or the people making the door-opener (the one making the "original" copy)
but the people pointing out "you can buy door-openers over there"

Anyway, filesharing isn't robbery and opening a door isn't the same as hosting a website otherwise your morals suck since you think it's justifed killing everyone in the town (shutting down the internet) just in case someone might hold up a door for someone else.

Comment Re:Not like The Pirate Bay (Score 3, Insightful) 423

So, you think people should be convicted for opening a door? or maybe just installing a door?

If there wasn't a door the bank robber couldn't get away! or in for that matter.

We can't convict people for setting up a web-site or hosting torrentfiles (linking to illegal AND legal content). The persons hosting TPB are not the one committing the crime.

It would be more like convicting someone who owns the paper where an advert for the door above (which was used in the bank-robbery). Insane.

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