Warboss Krag said:
Crying shame, that. Such things are easy to avoid by a disclaimer at the Home page or some such, having people sign away their claims to any material put on the site. A little legal boiler-plate goes a long way.
Refusing to even admit that the player base might be right smacks of two attitudes: 1) A lazy lawyer whose single response to almost any question is "Nope, can't do it, we might be sued," and/or 2) "How dare those upstart players act like our work is anything but perfect!!!" (The Games Workshop attitude.)
Plus, such a piece of "legal boiler-plate" doesn't work. In most countries (like the majority of Europe), unless you are working for a company and produce something as part of your employment for said company, you CAN'T sign over your copyright to anyone else - it's legally impossible. You can license something, but that can be revoked unless there is some sort of compensation for you letting them use your ideas.
Basically, if they copy anything posted up by a community member, and don't make an individual license with that person, there is every chance of them being sued.
So no, it's not about lazy lawyers, or thinking your stuff is perfect and the community are idiots - it's all due to real, and important, legal restrictions.
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