If MMP wanted to print LFTs Arid boards would they be allowed to do so?

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These latest boards from LFT are so good the temptation is to make them official. So if MMP was ever inclined to do so would they have the right? I hope I'm not treading on any toes here. I do know that MMP have published TPP stuff before. Do they have the automatic right, or do they have to ask permission etc.?
 

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The boards would be the property of LFT. It would have to be an agreement with the owners, the same as with DftB, BoF, SV, Roma, etc.
 

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Well, I believe the obvious answer is that MMP would not have the automatic right to do so.

LFT, BFP, and others had to create their own artwork for counters and may not use the MMP artwork.

I see no logic that would allow the reverse. The same should be true for boards. It has not been MMP who thought up the latest LFT boards. It is LFT's artwork. And there is no "copyright" on simple hex-outlines.

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It is just that MMP hold the licence to ASL. Was thinking that included all TPP....???
 

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It is just that MMP hold the licence to ASL. Was thinking that included all TPP....???
No. Ancient history here: After constant abuses by TPP using AH/MMP art for counters and scenario settings and organization virtually identicals to MMP's, there were legal matters put on march. The TPP stopped that practice, created their own counter art and modified their scenario sheets. BUT, the "open hand" policy about ASL has been there always, the philosophy being that TPP help to expand and promote the official products and expand the base of regular players for the game. A good philosophy, IMO. There were times in which the ASL system was kept alive by TPP, and MMP is a clear example, being a TPP before obtaining a licence by Hasbro. These third parties usually give a tip of the hat to MMP and Hasbro, stating that "ASL is a TM by Hasbro, etc... and is not challenged, etc." Others don't, but the open hand policy is kept. But the individual and collective rights of designers, artists, and companies are sustained. MMP asked for reprinting and updating scenarios by Friendly Fire and Dispatches, and in fact, those scenarios published by MMP have been removed from that publications, because now are MMP's property.
 
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I think they have some kind of Eminent Domain clause that lets them claim a TPM's work if it's for the greater good.
 

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As Tuomo said....that they have some sort of all encompassing licence.
Apparently Tuomo's post was in jest. But as they say "many a true word spoken in jest"....IOW it may be true.
 

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Perry's waiting to drop that trump card; he just keeps telling me to "try harder".
 

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I thought that Hasbro had just tried to pull a similar stunt with D&D? Slapped down by the fanbase, but a worrying preceent.
 
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