Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Games Workshop at it again

I'm a GW fan. I love their 40K game and I always will, but sometimes I really have have to wonder what goes through their brains at head office. Take a look at their latest numptiness.

Games Workshop claim copyright of term "Space Marines".

Yep. You read that right. They have screwed some poor online author over by claiming copyright on something that predates their game by fifty years! I hope that they come to their senses and stop this nonsense.

40K Facepalm


  1. What makes me sick is that it's a book where the profits go to charity.

    They'll lose any attempt to do so, as it's clear it's not theirs to copyright. Space Marines are too common a name, but they shouldn't even be doing this in the first place.

    1. I think this probably the work of an over eager lawyer. It'll bounce back and bite them I'm sure.

      Publishers try this often. I remember back in the mid-80's when TSR tried to copyright the "&" because it was integral to their property Dungeons "&" Dragons. That didn't work then and I don't think this will either.

    2. That's what I reckon will happen too. Their IP lawyers have always been overly aggressive though

  2. I may be wrong though, so I've emailed the link to my law geek friend, to see what she thinks about their chances . I'll let you know