Copyright Protection

Most companies, like CBS/Paramount and NBC/Universal, believe in the ability for fans to utilize their properties in a non-for-profit manner. However, fans must adhere to Fair Use (http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html) under the United States Copyright Office.

A quote from CBS/Paramount Legal:
“CBS Studios does not object to fans’ personal use where they do not sell the virtual items, so long as the creations do not result in confusion with the legitimate, licensed works or properties. CBS Studios intends to take the same position in the virtual world as it does with fans’ creations of their own costumes for personal use and exhibition at conventions.”

The following is the suggested wording for groups to place on their websites as well as on their in-game group descriptions.

CBS/Universal Star Trek Copyright Disclaimer:
“This entity is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with CBS Studios, Inc. or the “Star Trek” franchise. The STAR TREK trademarks and logos are owned by CBS Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.”

NBC/Universal Battlestar Copyright Disclaimer:
“This entity is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with NBC/Universal or the “Battlestar” franchise. The BATTLESTAR trademarks and logos are owned by NBC/Universal. All rights reserved.”

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