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[Freeciv-Dev] (PR#14538) Freeciv policy on fictional nations needed

[Freeciv-Dev] (PR#14538) Freeciv policy on fictional nations needed

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Subject: [Freeciv-Dev] (PR#14538) Freeciv policy on fictional nations needed
From: "Daniel Markstedt" <himasaram@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2006 21:14:17 -0800
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> [bdunstan149@xxxxxxxxx - Fri Nov 04 19:30:55 2005]:
> On the other hand, in online playing you'll find a lot
> of "middle earth" civs.  Is there some kind of legal
> risk that outweighs the benefit it brings to users of
> the game?

Well, the particular risk is the risk of a cease-and-desist letter from
the ME trademark holders (Tolkien Enterprises, if I'm not mistaken).
Removing the ME content from Freeciv is a preemptive move as to avoid
their attention. IMHO Freeciv should avoid such attention at all costs,
since it's in most respects a clone of a game franchise that still is
very much 'alive'.

I've also heard reports that Dunedain is the most or one of the most
played nations on pubserver. But on the other hand, we have loads of new
'real' nations with some really good looking flags lined up for the next


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