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9-17-2010 @ 6:55PM
That would be no.Unless you worked out a deal with the original company, and got a license to do so, profitting from their copyright breaks copyright, and will have the company coming down on you hard. That's what this entire article is about.If you change enuf of the elements so it's no longer 100% the original copyright, you can get around it. LFG, for example, the comic, is based on the game but not directly on the game. Reading the comic you see Blood Elves, Trolls, Gnomes, Humans, Undead, Dwarves, Tauren, and the familiar classes. But at no point do you see any copyrighted names or places pop up. "Dwarves" and "Gnomes" are pretty generic, and Blizzard can't copyright those. You don't see "Blood Elves" you see "Elves", and you don't see Ironforge, or Ogrimmar, or anything. The universe is unique from the game. And the creator profits from it in the form of ads and merchandise.Another case with webcomics that's interesting is Shakes and Figet. Which is directly based on the game. Blizzard had no problem with these guys. But they sold the site and comic to another company which did comics and books. These guys (the new company) claimed copyright over EVERYTHING in the strip. And had plans to publish a game based on it. Blizzard said "no way", and stepped in and legally stopped them. The company had the balls to claim they had copyright over everything in the strip, when the strip itself was based on the game. As a result, they had to remove all references to the game.
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