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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
From my perspective as a common person, given that IP is basically private property owned by the creator(s) until it is sold/licenced/passed on to another person or group (where legal durastiction allows) the only public way to see who has what is on anual statements if the group lists IP in there, or in media reports.  I dont think there is any legal issue in directly requesting from the suspected owner if they still hold the rights to the IP, but at the same time I do not think there are any legal guidelines on how any responce to such a request if a responce is made at all.
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
Yea I was afraid of that.

edit: bit more of info. I checked on the site Trademarkia on their options to buy trademark names. Surprise, surprise, their attorney is Ray Abhyanker, who also filed the request for the Freespace trademark. So it might be nothing more than Stompy Bot trying to acquire all kinds of trademarks, Freespace included through a web-based trademark attorney. I guess this might end with a bark from Interplay or whoever owns the trademark. It seems that for a mere 159 dollar, you can still file ownership of DESCENT: FREESPACE THE GREAT WAR. That smells a bit fishy, so we'll see what happens.
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
Drop Kotaku a note and have them try to interview Stompy bot.
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
Yea I was afraid of that.

edit: bit more of info. I checked on the site Trademarkia on their options to buy trademark names. Surprise, surprise, their attorney is Ray Abhyanker, who also filed the request for the Freespace trademark. So it might be nothing more than Stompy Bot trying to acquire all kinds of trademarks, Freespace included through a web-based trademark attorney. I guess this might end with a bark from Interplay or whoever owns the trademark. It seems that for a mere 159 dollar, you can still file ownership of DESCENT: FREESPACE THE GREAT WAR. That smells a bit fishy, so we'll see what happens.

The thing with trademarks is, you have to use them or lose them. If you register one, but then don't use it for a couple years (or even use it a few times and then let it rest) they are automatically cancelled. Another company is then free to register that trademark again, and the original registrator has no legal right to the name. There may be moral implications, but since when have companies cared about morality?
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
The thing with trademarks is, you have to use them or lose them. If you register one, but then don't use it for a couple years (or even use it a few times and then let it rest) they are automatically cancelled. Another company is then free to register that trademark again, and the original registrator has no legal right to the name. There may be moral implications, but since when have companies cared about morality?

What I do know is that you have to actually give an argument of proof that you will use or apply that trademark. When trying to order one that comes up as soon as you choose a word to have trademarked. But I guess any 'promise' of using the trademark suffices.

Drop Kotaku a note and have them try to interview Stompy bot.

I'm not that impressed with Kotaku's reviews and generic write-ups. I'm not sure though if their journalism or investigation are any better.
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
Freespace 3 = Halo 4, as far as I'm concerned. I'll just boycott it if it happens.
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
Um, I'm pretty sure the latter is coming out soon.
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
Well the purpose of my statement was that I'm boycotting them. Irrelevant of if they are being released.
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
Um, I'm pretty sure the latter is coming out soon.

yup and not long before COD-BO2 if the advertising in Game Station is to be belived.  As for boycotting them who cares? for me any game is bought on a if they are being well recieved after launch I might look into getting them, in the case of Halo 4 it will also be after the pricing reaches sain levels, haters have to jump on band waggons though so I wont be drawn into "discussion" on that fact and I dont care if company X is evil, if they are giving me a good gaming experience and I am not being hurt in the process I dont care what they are doing/did to/in that other game.
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
moot, not mute, mute = quiet, moot = irrelevant

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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
moot, not mute, mute = quiet, moot = irrelevant

sane = makes logical sense

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that was 11 posts ago lol
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
still glad he posted about it; that drives me nuts too.  i just didn't want to be the one to post about it. :P
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
Halo 4 looks awesome, hth

 
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shhh you're disturbing the pc master race's feelings of superiority
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
Meh, they deserve to be disturbed.
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
The thing with trademarks is, you have to use them or lose them. If you register one, but then don't use it for a couple years (or even use it a few times and then let it rest) they are automatically cancelled.

That was what happened to Descent, wasn't it? The trademark for it lapsed in 2002, but Interplay re-registered it in 2008.


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When did he ever become someone else? :confused:
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
When did Batutta become someone else?

When did he ever become someone else? :confused:

http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=82363.0

Also, your custom title proves to be accurate again :P
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
Um, I'm pretty sure the latter is coming out soon.

yup and not long before COD-BO2 if the advertising in Game Station is to be belived.  As for boycotting them who cares? for me any game is bought on a if they are being well recieved after launch I might look into getting them, in the case of Halo 4 it will also be after the pricing reaches sain levels, haters have to jump on band waggons though so I wont be drawn into "discussion" on that fact and I dont care if company X is evil, if they are giving me a good gaming experience and I am not being hurt in the process I dont care what they are doing/did to/in that other game.
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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
If you own a trademark you both have to trade under it and protect it or else you loose it.
For instance Taito Corp owns the rights to Space Invaders. They are trying to stamp down on people putting space invaders monsters on clothing and stuff. If they aren't seen to be actively protecting there copyright they loose it.

It also seems silly to buy the rights to Freespace and then make a game unrelated to it. That would just cause confusion amongst gaming fans. You would just call your game a different name otherwise.

I'd be happy to see a new FS game considering its good, whether it be a direct tie-in or a reboot/spiritual successor.

 

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Re: Freespace trademark, to be bought by "Stompy Bot Productions inc." game company?
New Freespace will be all about Brahmans and Vishnans, with no Shivans, Terrans or Vasudans in sight. IP issues you know.