The Internet and World Wide Web are an exciting and dynamic place, in which thousands of creative and enthusiastic people promote, support, and discuss their hobbies. A few people inadvertently run afoul of the law (and good manners) due to excess enthusiasm, and a small group shows reckless disregard for the laws and rights of others. Responsible companies such as ADB, Inc., therefore establish "On-Line Policies" to define how their property can be used so that everyone knows the rules. The situation with ADB, Inc., is complicated by our contracts with Paramount, which impose additional rules and restrictions which we must pass on to others.
First let us here at ADB, Inc., say that we appreciate the efforts (many of which have been helpful) which dozens of web site designers have made to promote ADB, Inc., products. We also apologize for not creating and posting a web site policy previously. As such, no harm or ill will shall befall any site which inadvertently used something that they should not have, so long as these items are removed upon the first request from ADB, Inc.. Note that Authorized Sites will be allowed to keep many of these things, and when/if you are contacted by ADB, Inc., we are far more interested in getting you to become an Authorized Site than in getting things taken down from your site. This policy, the permissions it gives, and any similar permission(s) given under other circumstances are subject to change or withdrawal at any time without notice. All previously issued permissions expire as of 1 May 99.
This policy primarily exists to define NEW ship designs for SFB. We do NOT allow anyone to post conversions of SFB ships to Federation Commander, A Call to Arms, Starmada, F&E, or any of our other games. If you want a ship converted to another game, ask us and we'll do it when we can in an official product.
Generally speaking, there are three types of web-sites related to Star Fleet Battles and the Star Fleet Universe.
THE FEW SIMPLE RULES
Authorized sites must be set up, run, operated, and conducted in such a way as to enhance rather than damage the value of the copyrights and trademarks. This does not stop you from posting an honest-but-negative review of a new product or including statements that you think ADB, Inc. made a mistake publishing a given rule or product. (We will expect you to correct errors of fact) This does mean that sites which are nothing but "attack" or "hatchet job" sites may not be Authorized Sites and hence cannot use any ADB Inc. property to promote themselves.
Authorized sites may NOT under any circumstances advertise, support, mention, promote, or provide additional materials for any "for use with SFB" product which is not authorized by ADB. Authorized sites must have a link to the ADB, Inc. main site, and may have links to other Official or Authorized SFB sites, but must not have links to unauthorized sites related to SFB. You can have all the links you want to sites unrelated to SFB so long as those sites do not have links to sites that support unauthorized "for use with SFB" products. Authorized sites may post additional material for the SFB game system created by the site owner (or his or her friends) under the procedure for submissions stated below. Any use of official SFB materials by any site must include the ADB Inc. copyright notice. Authorized sites may not include: illegal material, material which violates a third-party copyright, pornography; advertisements or editorial material seeking, offering, or promoting illegal activities; or anything that would generally be found offensive to a majority of people (in the sole judgment of ADB Inc.).
Authorized sites may have "advertising banners" not related to SFB. As a general rule, only the MAIN site (the one run by ADB, Inc., itself) can have quotations of rules text. If you feel that the overall game would be enhanced if a particular rule or file was published on the web, contact us and suggest that we do so on the official site; DO NOT post it on your own site. If you have created something using material owned by ADB, Inc., that you feel fits in this "useful to the game" category, contact us before you destroy the only copy. No site can reproduce out-of-print SFB products; if you feel that having such items available on the web would benefit the game, Email us and try to talk us into putting them on the main site.
No site can run any MUD, MUSH, or computer game related to SFB, or offer downloadable computer software related to SFB, without the permission of ADB, Inc. This will be very difficult to obtain.
If you wish to have ADB authorize your site, you should study these rules carefully, ensure that you are in compliance (asking ADB Inc. any questions that come up), and then send an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking for us to evaluate your site. We will do so as soon as possible, but as time is limited we cannot guarantee how long it will take. We will evaluate requests in the order received, but if your site requires changes before authorization your re-submission will of course go to the end of the line. Once you are an Authorized Site, you must respect all requirements for such sites and cannot modify your site in a way that violates these requirements.
PROCEDURE FOR SUBMISSIONS
If you have created a new ship, story, race, scenario, rule, tactics article, or other thing related to any game of the Star Fleet Universe, you may post this on an Authorized Web site after following this procedure.
OTHER USES OF ITEMS FROM OFFICIAL SITESConventions and local SFB-related newsletters may utilize materials from the official sites so long as you obtain permission in advance (which will be automatically granted so long as your convention or newsletter does not support or endorse unauthorized "for use with SFB" products and sends us a copy of the printed item when it becomes available). If you want to use something from an Authorized Site, you need permission from both ADB Inc. and from the owner of the site in question. You cannot use anything from an official or authorized SFB site to create a product for sale without permission from ADB Inc. You can use anything from the official site for your own personal amusement (desktop, refrigerator magnets, posters for your game room, covers for your rules binder) so long as you do not sell or distribute these items.
Permission is given for the use of SFB elements (but not Paramount property) as the basis to design elements other legally-produced games (e.g., "The Hydran Ranger for Babylon 5 Wars") so long as: the ADB Inc. copyright is acknowledged, no effort is made to sell items based on ADB Inc. property, the copyright holder of the other game grants permission, and the item is not posted to a site which supports unauthorized "for use with SFB" products.
THE FINAL WORDS
Use your head. If you donít think weíd allow it, we probably wonít. When in doubt, ask. You never can tell; many of the rumors or expectations of what we will do and why we do it that way are amusingly wrong.
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