[MUD-Dev] licensing

Travis Casey efindel at earthlink.net
Wed Nov 21 12:45:02 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001

Tuesday, November 20, 2001, 4:05:06 AM, Adam Martin wrote:

> Incidentally, does anyone have any solid (i.e. non theoretical)
> knowledge about licensing issues for such things as novels by dead
> authors?

If the novels are still under copyright, you'd need to get with
whoever currently owns the rights to them -- most likely the
author's heirs or someone appointed by the author's will to manage
his/her literary estate.

If they're no longer under copyright, then there's no need to
license them at all -- they're free game.

> If you're offering a free product (MUD, etc) I suspect it is no
> different to offering a commercial one, except that you aren't
> sticking your head up so high above the parapets.

Yep.  From a legal point of view, whether or not you're making money
makes no difference.  From a practical point of view, people are
less likely to come after you if you're not making/charging money.

Travis Casey
efindel at earthlink.net

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