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IP Question
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Author:  mindscout [ Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:43 pm ]
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I am also member of the community of ADVA (http://www.adva.com) a group of game developers from Argentina and once in a while in the adva forums some guy show up and ask for people to team up and develop a remake or the <last + 1> version of some famous adventure, like monkey island 6, loom 2, etc.
And always a bunch of people start to tell them that they can't do that because the Intellectual Property belongs to Lucasarts, Sierra or whatever. I'd like to know how you guys manage this subject with the remakes, did you get some legal advisor or it was more like a let's jump and see what happen ?

Author:  Erpy [ Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:02 pm ]
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We have permission from the copyright holders to distribute our projects.

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Author:  mindscout [ Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:11 pm ]
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Could you tell us how did you get the permission ?

Author:  DrJones [ Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:15 pm ]
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They probably gave it away the game to the copyright holders. :eek

Author:  Gronagor [ Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:52 pm ]
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It's not easy. They usually ignore you (but make a note to watch you if you do decide to go ahead without permission.) Will probably help if you have a lawyer friend that can help you.

Same as at the AGS community forum. You'll first have to have something to show them (a few sceens and characters), so they can evaluate whether your 'remakes' will damage the image of their IP. Would probably be best not to make it public before you do get permission.

Most companies WILL reject your request.

Author:  MusicallyInspired [ Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:06 pm ]
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They made an agreement with Vivendi. But let's not forget that was VIVENDI. ActiVision might not be so cooperative.

Author:  Kaelon [ Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:55 pm ]
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As someone with contacts in Activision (but -- disclaimer -- not affiliated with Activision in any way), I can tell you that they are (a) aware of Vivendi's previous arrangements with AGDInteractive; and, (b) do not feel a need to honor previous Vivendi agreements. This, to me, signals a stauncher stance on the part of Activision with regards to how it views IP ownership.

Author:  Erpy [ Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:13 pm ]
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They're a lot stauncher but they didn't want to call off the agreement on the spot at this point. They're not likely to give the okay for more projects being started though. (then again, we weren't really planning to start any more free projects anyhow so things could be worse)

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