"There have been a lot of questions lately about what we can allow and what we can't in order to protect our trademarks and copyrights. Here are some answers to FAQs. Official Far Futures policy statements are indented with quotes, with the remainder being explanatory notes."
"The Traveller game in all forms is owned by Far Future Enterprises. Copyright ©1977 - 1998 Far Future Enterprises. Traveller is a registered trademark of Far Future Enterprises. Far Future Enterprises permits web sites and fanzines for this game, provided it contains this notice, that Far Future Enterprises is notified, and subject to a withdrawal of permission on 90 days notice. The contents of this site are for personal, non-commercial use only. Any use of Far Future Enterprise's copyrighted material or trademarks anywhere on this web site and its files should not be viewed as a challenge to those copyrights or trademarks. In addition, any program/articles/file on this site cannot be republished or distributed without the consent of the author who contributed it."
"Far Future Enterprises will give permission to post Challenge articles on Traveller to web sites provided the author of the article has also granted permission. In observance of the magazine article's author's rights, we cannot give permission without the author's permission. Regrettably, Far Future Enterprises is not able to locate authors for you. The site must carry the proper Far Future Enterprises copyright/trademark acknowledgment."
"If Far Future Enterprises does not establish standards for fair use, and does not police any use that is made, then Far Future Enterprises runs the risk of losing an enforceable ownership right. I can't use your car, even if you aren't using it. I need your permission. I can look at it, admire it, even write about it, but I can't take it or re-paint it without permission. Intellectual property is a special case, but the idea is much the same."You can write about the Traveller universe, and put it on your web site... but you can't reproduce the rules (or re-writes of the rules, etc.) except for about a page (because we give permission to do that, provided you post the proper acknowledgment).
Some publishers just say "You can't post anything." We are trying to have a kinder, gentler approach. Far Future Enterprises wants to be a player-friendly company. We understand that you love the game and want to see it foster. We believe in supporting you the best way we can. Right now, we encourage you to create your own original works and have them follow our policies, which are the most fair in the industry.
But you can't just go rewrite the books in your own words."
"The site must carry the proper Far Future Enterprises copyright/trademark acknowledgment. With regard to posting of text or material from printed books and modules, Far Future Enterprises permits inclusion of some material and mention of trademark names (Traveller, and other titles). However, our permission does not extend to wholesale or complete republication of our texts on-line (for obvious reasons). Please limit your republication of texts to short passages (essentially a page of text). Our policy is to not be burdensome in our requirements, while still protecting our ownership of the text to these games. We appreciate game player support of these titles and we work to make involvement in these games interesting and fun."The intent of this permission is to allow you to cite a portion of the book without copying the entire book. For instance, if you were writing an adventure about the Spinward Marches and you needed to repeat a section about Regina, you could cull it from various texts and reproduce it. You could use a quote or two, or if need be extend that to about a page. However you cannot say "Here is page one of the T4 book." "Here is page two of the T4 book.", etc."
"Artwork such as items, vehicles, charts, maps and logos were created for GDW and we have the full rights to them. For atmosphere pieces, other illustrations and cover art, you need permission from the artists. Far Future Enterprises regrets that we cannot contact the artist for you.Far Future Enterprises will allow you to use those items which we have the rights to, but in limited terms. You must include a Copyright for each piece used similar to:
As a special case, you may reproduce covers credited to Steve Venters."
This map is Copyright ©1977 - 1998, Far Future Enterprises. All Rights Reserved. Licensed for individual use.You cannot scan entire sections of art in an attempt to reproduce a book, but if you want a to display a map on your web page to annotate an adventure you are writing, or you need to display a tank for an article that you have composed about it, then it's OK to use it. You also must still have the site-wide copyright/trademark acknowledgment/disclaimer."
22 June, 1998