FarFuture FAQ: The Deck Plan Question - 12 Sep 1996

Last Updated 15 September 1999.

Matthew K. McLaughlin's query

Date: Tue, 17 Sep 1996

Hi, all!

A week or two back, I posted a question asking about posting deckplans for ships previously published by GDW on the web. Someone (sorry, I forget who :-/ ) very sensibly suggested that I contact IG. I emailed IG and got a response from MM, which I post here with his permission.

My request:
> Subject: Deckplan Copyrights
> Date: Fri, 06 Sep 1996 09:54:50 -0500
> From: "Matthew K. McLaughlin"
> Organization: University of Missouri-Rolla
> To: ImperiumGames@ImperiumGames.com
> Is it possible to get permission to post deckplans based on those
> from GDW publications (such as CT Supplements and Adventures) on
> my web page?
> Full recognition will of course be given.
> Thanks,
> Matt McL

Marc Miller's Official Reply

Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996

If you use a deck plan (scanned from a book or whatever), you should acknowledge the source of the plan, the copyright, and the trademark, something like this:

"The Type S Scout originally appeared in Traders & Gunboats, GDW, 198x. Some of the materials on this page are copyright 198x-1996 Far Future Enterprises. Traveller is a registered trademark of Far Future Enterprises."

The purpose is to protect the property (so no one can later come back and say that FFE acknowledged it was in the public domain because we did not pursue those who didn't acknowledge the copyright, trademark, etc).

I would think that putting a deck plan in a web page comes under "Fair Use." As opposed to selling things, or copying rules verbatim and handing them out free.

Marc Miller

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