The recent post by Jay from Paradox says, among other things,
What is meant by "defame"? Does that mean we can't slam the "Conan the Barbarian" movie? Or the Keller Conan tv show?
we ask that if you would like to create any literary, visual, or other type of creative work using one or more of Howard?s properties, you do not commercially exploit your creations, do anything to defame or dilute the brands, or in any other way infringe Paradox?s intellectual property rights in the properties.
Actually, you can "defame". As long as your film (or whatever) is clearly a parody, the subject matter can be whatever you want it to be. That's why Saturday Night live and other shows routinely do spoofs of recent films, etc. without the need to get the trademark holder's permission ahead of time. I've seen two or three Conan spoofs on Robot Chicken.
we ask that if you would like to create any literary, visual, or other type of creative work using one or more of Howard?s properties, you do not commercially exploit your creations, do anything to defame or dilute the brands...
...and yet Paradox apparently has given its blessing to Dark Horse comics to go ahead and...
...reprint J.M. DeMatteus and Bruce Jones era Conan stories.
...allow Arvid Nelson and Will Conrad to give us African Picts, and a Kull who's married.
...and don't get me started on Brett Ratner...
...but its good to know that Paradox has finally greenlighted the existence of "fan films (at least that's how I
interpreted it)". It would be nice if they went further and actually encouraged fan films like George Lucas does.
Edited by amsterdamaged, 25 April 2009 - 06:35 AM.