Copyright Law & ‘Fair Use’

Hello All!

The Website has been clarified a bit better, we are attempting to make it less wordy and to sound less demanding. We really are an easy going game and want you to feel welcomed into our world.

Some problems have come up where someone took issue with the use of content on our website. Our official stance on this issue is that we are a not-for-profit that is here to help people get back to creative writing. We are here to teach, learn and assist others who are seeking to improve their writing and/or have a good time in our world via our Mission Statement.

The Intellectual Property on this website is used under the Copyright Law of ‘Fair Use’. Also, Anything voluntarily written about or for our game world will be retained for use by the game even if the person who wrote it leaves us.

    The purpose and character of the use: Why and how is the material used? Using content for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research is usually fair. Additionally, using material in a transformative manner, that is to say, in a manner that adds new expression, meaning, or insight, is also more likely to be considered fair use over an exact reproduction of a work. What’s more, nonprofit use is favored over commercial use.

We came up with the HP/WOD Mixed concept in 2003 and maintain that the concept is ours; the games being played is an entirely different IP situation. We have now clarified this IP confusion on some of our pages and on the game board so everyone is aware of it.

It is as follows…

Mixed Game Story Concept ©2003 – 2017 HBN | We are a Not-For-Profit Fan-Fiction Game.| Our Game is Based on the Magical World of Harry Potter and is ©J.K. Rowling | OWOD is ©White Wolf Games | Call of Cthulhu is ©Chaosium

Regarding Wizarding World Copyrights (Link):

Harry Potter has also inspired way more than its fair share of unauthorised derivative works and fan fiction. After an initial stumble due to a heavy-handed letter to a fan site, Rowling has famously given her blessing to fan fiction, provided it is non-commercial and not sexually explicit.

“Her concern would be to make sure that it remains a non-commercial activity to ensure fans are not exploited and it is not being published in the strict sense of traditional print publishing.”

The spokesman at the literary agency stressed that copyright in the Harry Potter series and characters remained with Rowling and trademarks with Warner Bros.

“Hopefully the fan fiction will help people become writers in their own right.” he said.

We diligently have worked hard to resolve any issues as they arose and hope you all have a nice game. If you have any questions, just shoot us a message under ‘Ask Peeves’ on our Game Board. If you have a greviance send a private message.

Thank you and have fun!