Do we need a copy license form the books?

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Bontorin
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Do we need a copy license form the books?

Post by Bontorin » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:25 am

Hi, guys!
Just discovered BFME Reforged and I think the work being done here is awesome!!
I wish I could help, but my skills are not on par with what you need.
But I got some questions that I couldn't find the answer:
The fact of being non-profit means that we don't require a license for the LOTR books? And if it does, how much it costs? Is that a bureaucratic milestone for us to reach?

Thanks for the hard work you guys are doing and I wish the best for this endeavor!!

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Lostir
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Re: Do we need a copy license form the books?

Post by Lostir » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:16 pm

The fact of being non-profit means that we don't require a license for the LOTR books? And if it does, how much it costs? Is that a bureaucratic milestone for us to reach?
Non-profit doesn't mean that it is legal and for example MERP (a LotR mod for Skyrim) has been shut down by the ones who were holding the LotR rights at that moment. But due to it being non-profit and noone probably doing any LotR real-time strategy game any time soon, likely means that it will be ignored.

If one wanted to get all the licenses, it would require the LotR book and movie licenses, as well as the BfME license. And as the dwarves and goblins will likely include stuff from the Hobbit, some of those licenses as well. And getting all of that would take a couple of millions at least.

Bahaco
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Re: Do we need a copy license form the books?

Post by Bahaco » Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:10 am

I was just curious:

This project gained so much popularity and many game-news websites reported about this project.
So, did EA or any other license holder contacted you yet? I'm 100% sure they are already aware of this project..

If not, i think we are on a good way, no one's gonna complain about licenses 8-)

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Lostir
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Re: Do we need a copy license form the books?

Post by Lostir » Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:52 am

You probably want to ask this question on the Reforged discord, because here in the forum hardly anyone is active anymore.

Personally, I don't think they have been contacted yet, because the project still exists. But the likliest time when someone might shut it down is probably directly before a release. Because a lot of projects stop existing on their own after some time, and shutting down a fan project is always bad publicity so they wait until the end with it and hope that the problem solves itself on its own.

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