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Astholm
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Parody and copyright

Postby Astholm » Fri May 22, 2009 11:37 am

What's the general laws on this - especially for those, like myself, who maintain off-site websites??
I don't want anyone on here to get prosecuted for copyright infringement, but advice is welcomed.
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Re: Parody and copyright

Postby Northwest Slobovia » Fri May 22, 2009 12:08 pm

Astholm wrote:What's the general laws on this - especially for those, like myself, who maintain off-site websites??
I don't want anyone on here to get prosecuted for copyright infringement, but advice is welcomed.


The laws vary by country. In the US, copyright holders have little ability to stop people from parodying their work. There are a bunch of web sites that discuss it, but their advice differs as to what the limits of "fair use" are WRT parody. Searching for "fair use" parody will find a ton of them. Since I'm not a lawyer, I can't say which is right.

Also, in the US, the "safe harbor" provisions of the DCMA make it hard for copyright holders to sue web sites, so long as the web sites play nice with the copyright holders.
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Re: Parody and copyright

Postby Erastide » Fri May 22, 2009 1:00 pm

If you're talking about using NS material on another website, I'd reference this thread: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=382

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Re: Parody and copyright

Postby Astholm » Fri May 22, 2009 4:35 pm

Erastide wrote:If you're talking about using NS material on another website, I'd reference this thread: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=382


Thanks for that!
It was just the issue of parodying real-life products that I wasn't sure about... would that be copyright infringement?
[spoiler=About Me]Based on the United Kingdom, but enlarged version with alternate history.
On IIWiki
I have multiple puppets here; only a select few are used to represent the continent of Astholm; others used represent Westholme, and do not artificially boost my nation's statistics.Previously i used puppets with nation names that did not identify as Astholm (e.g. Australis Australia; now all new puppets use ASTHLM, NORTHLM, SOUTHLM, WESTHLM (HLM denoting The Holmes.
NOTE: Other uses of Astholm here have a different continuity and refer to work created by the user Astholm, not the nation

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Re: Parody and copyright

Postby Erastide » Fri May 22, 2009 5:09 pm

Well, given NS had to change the name of the United Nations to the World Assembly because of an actual letter from the UN, there's a *possibility*. But people create nations with names of trademarked products all the time with no problem. And writing stories and such should be protected.


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