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Villains & Vigilantes Superhero RPG Creators Rights Battle...
« on: September 27, 2015, 11:55:12 AM »
From Jeff Dee (Monkey House Games):

In 1979, Jack Herman and I wrote Villains and Vigilantes - a superhero tabletop role-playing game. It was published by Fantasy Games Unlimited, Inc. In 2010, we learned that FGU Inc. had been dissolved in 1991. By the terms of our agreement, the rights to the game were to revert to us in the event that the company ever stopped doing business. The company's old president had never informed us of his company's demise, and had continued to sell our game under a DBA as Fantasy Games Unlimited. We told him to cease and desist, but he refused, and we had to go to court. Our claim that he has no right to publish our game has been upheld, but he is still fighting us on the trademark to the name of our game. We need to win on that count too, else we'd have to change the name of our game which has had a big fan following since 1979. And we're running out of money. So, we began a GoFundMe to raise funds for our legal battle. If you would, please let other people who champion the rights of writers know about our fundraiser. Thanks!