I received the following message from Tom Nanson in Games Workshop today:
ItEN - Avoiding Copyright Issues
Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 12:34
I'd like to start by saying thank you for showing such enthusiasm for the Warhammer 40,000 universe by inventing your `In the Emperor's Name' rules. We love to see fans celebrating the hobby and running their own hobby projects.
We have a guide to `dos and don'ts' when working with Games Workshop's intellectual property and you can find this IP Policy at http://legal.games-workshop.co.uk. Please read and comply with this policy. You will also find a full disclaimer here.
We encourage fellow hobbyists to invent rules which work for them provided they comply with our IP Policy. Please update your disclaimer to match the one linked to above. Please also remove the Inquisition (p.1, Codex Daemonhunters), Adeptus Ministorum (p.247, Dark Heresy Rulebook) and Chaos Star (cover art, Liber Chaotica) symbols from your rules sets and ensure there are no other illustrations from Games Workshop publications copied into your rules documents. This will allow you to continue to enjoy the hobby while avoiding any copyright issues with your rules sets.
Please let me know you've made the changes by dropping me an email at [email protected].
I wish you the best of luck with ItEN going forward and I look forward to hearing from you.
Group Legal Department
Games Workshop Group PLC
Now isn't that a nice letter? Certainly not the draconian 'Cease & Desist' decree some were expecting.
So I have sent him back a short note saying that we will comply quickly with his request and that our only problem was accessing this IP policy as the link goes nowhere.
Once I have the disclaimer notice I'll insert it into the publication copy of ItEN on the blog, and in our other locations (Yahoo group and here).