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Black_Omega
27-04-2010, 10:38
I was planning on writing some articles for missions for 40k and was thinking of using images like borders and photos from White Dwarfs. If I clearly mark that the article is unofficial add copyright notice to GW for the images and don't profit from it would GW by okay with this? I've heard GW have a zero tolerance for this type of stuff.

AndrewGPaul
27-04-2010, 10:43
Email them and ask. That way, you'll avoid the multiple opinions and ill-informed rants about "IP" and the law. :)

In general though, from reading GW's own legal page, they don't like you making fan works which look like official ones. You can, IIRC, draw your won pictures of Space Marines and the like, and photograph your own miniatures, but they retain copyright over their own images.

Contrary to popular belief, a disclaimer at the bottom doesn't allow you to break the law. :)

Griefbringer
27-04-2010, 11:04
You definitely need a copyright holders permission to (re-)publish the works, copyright notice in the bottom won't do.

Besides, why would you want to re-use photos from WD in the first place? Why not making some fresh photoes of your own - this would allow you to also theme them around the mission at hand.

AndrewGPaul
27-04-2010, 11:26
All that putting a copyright notice "all images copyright Games Workshop Ltd." does is draw attention to your illegal use of them. :)

CaptainFaramir
27-04-2010, 15:48
Black Omega: who are you writing the missions for? Do you run a gaming club or other profit or non-profit organisation? Will you be publishing them on a website available to the general public? More details needed.

JLBeady
27-04-2010, 18:16
Black Omega: who are you writing the missions for? Do you run a gaming club or other profit or non-profit organisation? Will you be publishing them on a website available to the general public? More details needed.

CaptainFaramir is asking some of the right questions. One other is where do you live? Copyright laws vary from country to country. In the US, there is something generally referred to as "fair use" that allows someone to reprint portions of copyrighted works under certain conditions (Articles, reviews, academic papers, etc.) without the express permission of the owner so long as the appropriate acknowledgement is given so that there is no confusion of who owns those works.