Dream Pod 9 Online Policy

Last Updated: January 2002

 

The following text is the official online policy of Dream Pod 9, Inc. It details our precise position on the use of our Intellectual Properties on the Internet and the World Wide Web, and will hopefully allow us to avoid all sort of unpleasant legaleses in the future. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to send them to rdubois@dp9.com.

The Basics

You may use our games and supplements over the Internet or other online services, without royalty, so long as the play is for personal enjoyment and not financial gain. You may create derivative works of our intellectual properties, so long as these derivative works are used solely for personal enjoyment. Permission to play online does not include permission to upload or download hard copies of DP9’s copywritten materials.

Our Silhouette game engine is not a freeware system — you may create stats and variants for it, even optional rules, but you cannot post any of the actual rules or texts.

An important note: many people believe that if no money is exchanged, intellectual properties can be freely traded and used. This is not the case, and in many instances is actually a crime. Copyrights and Trademarks protect the creators’ right to control their creations. International laws give not only the right, but also the obligation, to prevent people from misusing intellectual property, regardless of the presence of money or profit.

Dream Pod 9 cannot be held responsible for any violation of other people’s rights which might be committed while using our products. If someone manages to infringe both our copyright and the one of another creator (for example, by doing crossovers), we are not responsible in any way. The violator will be held responsible for any damage incurred to us by his violation.

This policy, the permissions it gives, and any similar permissions given under other circumstances, are subject to be changed or withdrawn at any time without notice. We also reserve all rights which are not specifically granted or mentioned in this document.

Legal Credits and Notices

The various Dream Pod 9 trademarks and game logos can be used by the public at large if and only if they are used in connection with discussions of the products they represent. It is also important that they are used in a manner that will not damage the reputation of the trademark. They must be properly designated as trademarks or registered trademarks ((tm) or (r) respectively) the first time they are used in a document.

If you use any of our intellectual property, you must mark it appropriately (see our legal credits), and link back to either our main Web page, or the front page of the game that the material is drawn from. If you have a DP9-related page, register it with us. We’ll add it to one or more of our lists of links to game related pages. That way other people will know about the page that you’ve worked hard on.

Art

Artwork produced by Dream Pod 9 may be used on Web pages in a reasonable manner (ten pieces or less per page). Gallery-style listings of dozens of images should be avoided. The art should be used in connection with information relating to the game that it is drawn from. Proper copyright and trademark notices must be put on the first page.

A series of pre-packaged art and logo folders is available for those wishing to start a DP9-related fan site. Contact us to ask for a Web Pack (don’t forget to specify the game line!); each is about 500k in size.

Texts

Copyrighted texts cannot be used without special permission. The “Fair Use” provisions of copyright law expressly allow the press to use a short amount of copyrighted material or a trademark in the course of review or commentary about the product. We may not block this, as long as the use is otherwise legal (not used for libel, for example).

Out of print material may not be reprinted or published on the Web for any reason. It might be out of print, but it remains a property of Dream Pod 9.

Derivative Material

Adventures, campaign modules or fan fiction may be freely written as long as they do not reprint previously copyrighted material and are not offered for sale. When in doubt, feel free to ask.

We have a legal right to prevent the creation of derivative material of our properties, but we are willing to allow it strictly for personal use (though not for financial gain). DP9 is not interested in owning the derivative works which are created strictly for fun and personal use online. If anything interests us, we’ll contact you and work out a deal to acquire the material. A proper copyright and trademark notice must be included at the beginning of the presentation any time you are posting any derivative material.

Art may be used as wallpaper or desktop icons, but may not be distributed without permission. If you wish to share it with others, let us know about it: we’ll see what can be done. We’re usually fairly easy to work with in these cases.

Licensing

We cannot grant permission to create derivative works, or to take any of our other registered Copyright rights, for commercial purposes or financial gain, unless there is a separate, written licensing agreement with Dream Pod 9.

It may be possible for fans to create MUDs, MUSHs or other computer utilities based on our Intellectual Properties. These may conflict with existing licensing agreements (especially in the case of Heavy Gear), so it is important to check with us first.

If you are a professional developer and want to talk about licenses, write to the Licensing Department.

Vocabulary

Copyrights: these protect the creative efforts of a person from being duplicated by others without permission. A copyright is indicated by the (c) mark. A copyright can be bought, sold, rented or abandoned.

Derivative Work: material created by someone using DP9-created characters, vehicles, settings, etc.

Trademarks: these identify a particular product, brand name or manufacturer. They help to protect an Intellectual Property from unlawful imitation. Trademarks are indicated by the ™ symbol. Like copyrights, trademarks can be bought, sold, rented or abandoned.

Registered Trademark: these are trademarks which have been registered to the proper authorities, and are better protected by law. They are always accompanied by the (r) indicator.

Intellectual Property: this is the overall term for certain types of non-tangible property, including (but not limited to) Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and Trade Secrets. For example, Heavy Gear is one of DP9’s Intellectual Properties.