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:: RPG Source :: View Article :: Square Enix's view on the community

Square Enix's view on the community
By Cygnus [30/10/2003]
Please give me a damn break! I have NEVER seen any company sponsored community give such rigid guidelines! For their um... community! Here's a list of their guidelines and their possible (mis)uses:

Guideline 1: You must be a member of PlayOnline.
Misuse 1: http://cygnus.rpgsource.net/Manea.html

(After Nov 1st, this will not be a vaild misuse.) I am using Squenix's materials without being a PlayOnline member!

Guideline 2: All site information and business practices must be ethical and professional in nature.
Misuse 2: Um, are we professionals X13? If so, COOL!

Guideline 3: Should your site obtain revenue from sources such as banner ads, any advertisements that contain overtly sexual or violent content are prohibited.
Misuse 3: X13, whatever happened to that "Cock action from amsterdam" banner? I would like to see that on the site somewhere.

Guideline 4: Content on a "subscribers only" type of section of the site cannot contain content for sale in regards to FINAL FANTASY XI and PlayOnline. However, content such as a "FINAL FANTASY XI journal" is allowed in those areas, but any copy that implies that SQUARE ENIX receives monetary payments is prohibited.
Misuse 4: Let's see... How do you use that eBay thing again? Yes, I only want it available to members and staff of RPGSource.net. Oh, forgot to mention Square Enix gets 90% of the sale.

Guideline 5: Within the Web site, Legal Notice (1) regarding trademarks and copyright must be posted.
Misuse 5: Again visit http://cygnus.rpgsource.net/Manea.html and look for the following: "All trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners." Can you see it?

Guideline 6: Should the community site be located in a section dedicated to SQUARE ENIX related products, 90% of the content must be related to FINAL FANTASY XI/PlayOnline.
Misuse 6: So what? I can only be a Final Fantasy VII fanboy 10% of the time now? Waaah!

Guideline 7: Supplying cheats which are debug codes is strictly prohibited.
Use 7: I actually agree with this one. 1337 h4x0rz r gh3y!!!!!111!

Guideline 8: With regards to utilization of images and mentioning of certain terms, you must adhere to the image usage criteria depicted in Legal Notice (2)

Legal notice 2:

When posting images or mentioning any of the following terms, the legal lines below must be used:
For images:

(c) 2001-2003 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.

When mentioning/using the term "FINAL FANTASY":
FINAL FANTASY is a registered trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd.

When mentioning/using the terms PlayOnline or Tetra Master:
PLAYONLINE is a trademark and TETRA MASTER is a registered trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd.

When mentioning/using the term "Vana'diel":
VANA'DIEL is a registered trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd.

OR

You can simply say the below on every page:
(c) 2001-2003 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. Title Design by Yoshitaka Amano. FINAL FANTASY, TETRA MASTER and VANA'DIEL are registered trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd. SQUARE ENIX, PLAYONLINE and the PlayOnline logo are trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd.

Misuse 8:
Image (c) 2003 Http://www.RPGSource.net/. All rights reserved.

Guideline 9: I'm not going to even bother with this long-winded one.

WTF? This is the first time I've ever seen such Bullshit (Yes, that's Bullshit with a capital 'b') as this. I know, this wont affect the eventual thousands of fanboys that across the world. Just for my little character description technically can get me into legal trouble. I do have one defense though:

The Fair use rule underneath the copyright act of 1976 allows me to use those! *sneers*

Just had to point that out.

And BTW:

(c) 2001-2003 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. Title Design by Yoshitaka Amano. FINAL FANTASY, TETRA MASTER and VANA'DIEL are registered trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd. SQUARE ENIX, PLAYONLINE and the PlayOnline logo are trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd.
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