CHARACTER CREATION (FOR ALL GENRES)
This page contains information
stipulating who has control over what aspects of characters brought into
this Chronicle, including copyright law.
Everything on this page applies to all PC's in all Genres, regardless of what
character you are making.
This does not include
specific restrictions for individual genres. Anything specific to only one genre is on the
Rules Page. Be sure to read both before submitting a sheet.
CREATING A CHARACTER
FOR OUR GAME
[A] CONTINUITY -
SOME IMPORTANT CAVEATS BEFORE
YOU SUBMIT A PC HERE:
Whatever you bring into this story, play here, use here and create here, stays
here (be it Characters, storylines, channels/locations), unless and until you have cleared
your slate with an ST.
Putting a character or story into play is automatically agreeing to this
policy. If you cannot handle this policy, then please don't bother
to submit a
are not out to steal people's ideas or characters. Having characters and venues suddenly and inexplicably pop
in and out IC, simply because OOC the player leaves, is highly
disruptive to the story, especially any parts directly tied to other
players just leave suddenly, and their PC's had no IC reason to, it screws up
the game for everyone else. All we ask is you clear out your business with
an ST before you go. If you do not, the ST's reserve the right to decide the dispensation
of your PC.
CHARACTERS & COPYRIGHT LAW:
characters are NOT copyrightable!
Copyright law protects
unique works only (characters are not unique works), and only protect you if you actually apply to get, and are
said copyright from the US Copyright Office in Washington, DC.
To all of the
whiners and bad sports who have been hounding us about the above rule [A] violating your "copywrite" [sic], the laws which prove we are
correct are clearly stated at: http://www.loc.gov/copyright/
. Shut up and read them.
Wolf owns all legal rights to this universe, just as you can't copyright something
you did in Star Trek, Star Wars, or anything else made in a world someone else owns, without the owner's
expressed consent to allow you to hold it. White Wolf grants exceptions for
approved authors who write White Wolf novels, for
example, but players do not fall under the aegis of any such law.
PC for this game is impossible to be a unique work, as it cannot be
expressed or played without using terminology and formatting that White Wolf
owns; therefore, the Copyright Office would never grant you rights to own it
in its complete state. And, what you would retain after removing every snip
that White Wolf owns, wouldn't be much information at all. Pretty much just
a concept. No stats, no powers, nothing.
We have on file emails from White Wolf staff, stating that they
such things as a PC, or a Character Sheet & Bio, as legally a "Derivative
Work," but only for their own
purposes regarding whether or not White Wolf would sue players for
infringements. By actual US Copyright Law, a PC does not even legally qualify as a
derivative work, according to the criterion set forth by these laws. It is simply
White Wolf being nice about it to sow goodwill within their fan base, but
that doesn't make it a law. It just makes it a rescindable option.
quoted verbatim directly from the WW Web site on the matter:
"You may list a personal copyright for your characters or graphics you have created for your site, but keep in mind anything that is
derivative from our works is still owned by us. Two simple examples: If you make a character from clan Gangrel, that is not your
character and could never be used without our permission. If you make a logo that has a clan symbol as a portion of it, you could
never publish that piece of art without our permission. Even without this copyright on your homepage, that law still applies, so make it
easy on both of us and post it :-)"
to repeat, in closing; there is no such law or White Wolf policy that precludes our
White Wolf staff have, in fact, fully endorsed and encouraged our
policy (of "what plays here, stays here"), in writing.
The only entity that owns anything in the eyes of the
courts, in this game, is White Wolf.
players submitting a PC here agree to this policy. As stated in other
places on the web site, if you don't like it, don't play here. We are
simply protecting game continuity, nothing more. Deal with it.
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