nickblackheart wrote:mmmm legal point Nic, but the point is more that you are unlikely to be caught copying for yourself than that it becomes legal (the famous 11th commandment defence). With the existance of quick play sheets I would suggest that any copying is improper. The defences for fair use have been overturned over recent years, and many of the academic purposes which remain would not apply, no matter how encyclopaedic the knowledge of the authors.
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Copying FoG is a nono I understand but I thought seeing as there are people here who understand the lagality of the issue I might as well ask this question.
The major opposition to FoG in South Africa argues that the books are too expensive (yet I own 4 list books so far and the rules) and that rules and lists should be free. They build on this arguement as a base to photocopy/ electronically store DBM which they rate is legal as;
a) 3.1 was never published
b) the DBM army list books are out of print (so can apparently be copied and distributed as long as it is for free).
Is this correct? I am sure that the copyright is still held by Mr Barker and RBS. I am also aware that the books are still available from certain vendors and as such it cannot be argued that they are not available to the public.
Feedback would be appreciated
lonehorseman wrote:My issue is not with FoG. I am more than willing to pay for a colour book of this standard. I was trying to punch a hole in the arguments of MSSA who use the (IMO illegal) 'free' copies of DBM rules and list books as a reason to get people to play DBM over FoG . I wanted to know if they are right in saying electronic copies of DBM are fine as long as distributed for free.
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