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|04-22-13 11:26 PM|
Originally Posted by bitsandkits View Post
GW are actually quite receptive to well conceived and thought out ideas that use their IP, the Lord Inquisitor movie for example , provided you ask them first.
As an investment prospect I would need to see all this "ironclad sorted" before I invested my money in a project. "Don't worry I've got it sorted" isn't good enough for me, particularly when the blurb shows a misunderstanding of how trademarks work.
|04-22-13 02:19 PM|
|humakt||I agree that it would really only be official 'coins' that would be worht getting. But then GW would charge an arm and a leg for licensing Im sure.|
|04-21-13 02:22 AM|
|MadCowCrazy||If this is still going 1 week from now I will be seriously surprised. Doesn't matter if it doesn't break any trademarks or copyrights, kickstarter will see the angry letter from GW and take it down so they dont have to waste money on legal advice. It's not like this kickstarter would make them any money at all.|
|04-20-13 10:28 PM|
Would it not be a better idea to approach GW and ask them to licence offical versions of these coins ? Dont make half arsed cheap copys,do the work ,get GW to aggree to the use of its IP and produce something worth the fans handing over cash for
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|04-20-13 04:54 AM|
I hate to say it, I really do, but this seems a little pointless to me. I mean having these coins, if they were official and came with a limited 40k starter set would be nice. But made by a 3rd party with poor quality images on the coins. I just can't see any reason to get them myself.
Add into that that he's specifically targeting a GW audience and has used the term "adeptus astartes" I won't be surprised if GW legal send him a nive friendly letter asking him very nicely to stop what he's doing and never do it again.
If nothing else though, it would be neat if coins like these ended up in other kickstarters as some KS only rewards for backing at certain levels (E.G pledge $100 and get this limited edition coin for the faction of your choosing, these will have a certificate with their number on them etc)
|04-19-13 08:13 PM|
Sorry, but I predict that the moment GW legal sees this they will shit their crap and come down on it like a nuke from the sky. If we have seen anything over the past two years, then it is that GW legal are like pariahs in a lake, and will jump on the slightest scent of blood.
Originally Posted by Drake777 View Post
|04-19-13 07:17 PM|
Thank you Grimzag for the message you sent me.
On Games Workshop legal page, GW claims trademarks and copyrights for numerous terms. However, if you run a trademark search through the US Trademark Office and Great Britain trademark office, they have only registered a few of these terms.
So basically, they are claiming numerous trademarks that they have not registered. Common law does give you some rights if you have a trademark and not registered it.
However, the central issue in any trademark case, is the "consumer going to be confused by the source of the goods." You must have that for trademark infringement. This is a Kickstarter project created by a fan. It states that on my Kickstarter page. Any reasonable consumer would know that the source of these goods is not from Games Workshop.
Thank you very much for the thoughts. I know it is a tricky issue, but on the surface it really comes down to that.
|04-19-13 05:26 PM|
Nice idea.. but it defiantely won't catch on.... And challenge coins a military tradition? I've lots of friends in the military and have never heard of these before.
But yeah.. despite his attempt to cover his ass, GW legal are gonna rape him simply because he's promoting a 40k tie in product using official terms.
|04-19-13 04:27 PM|
Moved to the appropriate Kickstarter sub-forum.
In more of an explanation as the OP didn't go into any detail:
Warhammer 40K Limited Edition Challenge Coins
This kickstarter has NO affiliation whatsoever with Games Workshop.
|04-19-13 04:26 PM|
He's been very carefull to not use official images and artwork but has used registered trademarks in his descriptives and even the title of this kickstarter. Heck if i created a project called "Nike shoe laces" you would expect Nike to slap it down faster than an uppety ice troll who just mouthed off to Thor.
The problem is that Warhammer 40k in the context of being a sci fi universe and games system is a trademark.
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