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Re: Rules for submitting licenses for review

On Sat, 27 Aug 2005, Ricardo Gladwell wrote:
> AFAIK, there is no pre-existing case law that demonstrates that game
> mechanics are or are not copyrightable. There have been cases of people
> being brought to court for making compatible rules (Palladium I believe
> did this) but I think the case was settled out of court. I would also
> note that there is a long history in the RPG industry of publishing
> games with mechanics that are identical if not the same as Dungeons and
> Dragons.

Some searching on the Copyright Office's website showed me this:


"Once a game has been made public, nothing in the copyright law prevents
others from developing another game based on similar principles."

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