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Old September 12 2012, 07:49 AM   #12
Ian Keldon
Fleet Captain
 
Re: Paramount IP enforcement, has it hit any productions yet?

Here's the original email I received:

All,

I just wanted to let everyone know the following, for what it's worth...

Morena Shipyards has allowed me to meet literally hundreds of folks online. Inevitably, an "industry insider" joins our ranks. Most times, I never know. Other times, I've been fortunate enough to talk with them about our gaming hobby in general, and sometimes Star Trek specifically.

I've been informed that Paramount is actively looking for any sites that host scanned, copyrighted material for download and have already caused some file hosting sites to remove that material. I don't know what became/becomes of the person who uploaded the material, but it's not hard to fathom that there could be negative repercussions for that person.

Even more disturbingly, it appears that FASA Star Trek material is being targeted specifically. So, consider this fair warning that if you're hosting copyrighted material and aren't authorized to do so, you may want to reconsider.

I'm in that boat with you, as I know I've got some scanned magazine articles posted in the Files section. I'd like to think these would be "exempted", but what do I know, other than to err on the side of caution.

To this end, any links and any posts that point to a website that hosts such material will be deleted. I do not want to risk Morena Shipyards and what we have here.

I've been meaning to post this since Friday, which means that this was on my mind before a recent post (that will soon be deleted).

Thanks,

Lee
And here's where I posted the information when I followed up with him asking what had caused the situation.

I heard back from the Admin at Morena. He can't say much w/o burning a source, but he seemed to indicate that the FASA material was "collateral damage" from a hunt for more infringing material. Basically they were going after something else Trek related and found the FASA stuff.

Apparently CBS and/or the new Paramount management isn't as lenient as their predecessors.
CBS/Paramount is in the midst of a C&D flurry covering several IPs and multiple media it appears. Old FASA Trek RPG scans are being targeted, as are kitbashed minis on E-Bay, etc.
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