Extended discussions have taken place between Hogshead Publishing and Nightfall Games regarding unofficial publication of SLA Industries material, and guidelines have been drawn up. Note that under the terms of the agreement between Hogsead and Nightfall, Hogshead have the sole and exclusve right to publish SLA Industries role-playing material in all forms. The following guidelines are effective immediately:
Tim Dedopulos, Director, Nightfall Games Limited
Notes -- the unofficial bit:
* Don't touch the truth, thanks.
* Don't OCR/scan/type up bits from the books for the web (or anything else).
* Writing or drawing stuff to put up on the web is fine -- as long as it's clearly not official, doesn't give away our secrets, and you're not charging for it. Chatting on mailing lists/chatrooms/whatever is fine too, obviously.
* Fanzines are OK. Fanzine supplements, like standard supplements (and including scenarios) are not.
* 'Fanzine' means a standard issue of a regular fan-produced magazine with miscellaneous, varied content. Hint: if all the content is on just one or two topics it's probably a supplement, and that's not OK.
* Non-RPG stuff -- fiction, comics, computer games, etc -- for anything other than putting up free on the web is not OK. Computer games are out full stop, even freeware ones, but MUDs and MUSHes are OK as long as you clear them with Nightfall first.
* Anything printed, sold or both, other than a fanzine, needs a license from Hogshead. Hogshead will require a license fee (of three to five digits depending on the project), and a royalty will be payable too. Serious enquiries are always welcome.
* The standard disclaimer for all websites, fanzines and other material is: "SLA Industries and all characters, settings, images and other intellectual properties pertaining thereto are (c) 1993-2000 Nightfall Games Limited, and are used without permission. No challenge to those copyrights is intended or implied." In addition, all fanzines should clearly and legibly bear on the cover the line "This is an unofficial SLA Industries fanzine". No unofficial material may claim to be official or to be produced by Nightfall or Hogshead, 'natch.
* If you have any questions about the application of this notice, get in touch with Nightfall by emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional: posted to station-Analysis 19 March 01
**note: the following advisory may be reproduced, especially in the Station-Analysis FAQ *hint* **
Q: Can I put XXXXX (forms, pictures, the Ebb lists, the scaned Key of Delhyread, The Writer's Bible, &c) from the SLA books up on my website?
A: Some material is OK for free distribution, and some is not.
You may scan (or recreate) and redistribute any form from the published SLA material that is marked as 'permission granted to photocopy', so long as you do not charge users to see/download the material, and it is not held inside a members-only area. Please also include "(c) 2000 Nightfall Games Limited" with the material, and link that copyright notice to http://www.nightfall.co.uk.
I'm afraid that we cannot give permission for the reproduction of any other pictures and/or text from published SLA books. Hogshead Publishing have licensed exclusive rights to all published SLA RPG material, and if it starts cropping up on websites, it threatens our agreement with them. If we lose our agreement with them, the game will probably go out of print and stay there. That includes, I'm afraid, summaries, abridgements or detailed descriptions of the combat system, Ebb system, character system, and so on.
Finally, privileged information (the material contained in the Writer's Guide, pre-release source information, sample pieces, concept artworks and playtest documents) cannot be released in any way, even if you obtained it direct from a Nightfaller. That includes any material based on privileged information, too -- such as stories based on the information in the Bible, for example. The release of privileged information could substantially damage the game, and would certainly damage our agreement with Hogshead Publishing. Please stay away from the Bible completely.
If you have any queries regarding the suitability of any website contents, please feel free to email email@example.com for a swift clarification. We promise not to bite!