What is Virtrium's® copyright / trademark policy for the Internet, specifically for fansites? Can I use Virtrium's® images, text or sound on my web page? Is it ok if I use screenshots I take in-game on my web page?
Yes, within certain limits. We asked our legal department to provide some guidelines for you, and here is what they said:
Virtrium® hereby grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable and non- assignable license to use and display, for home, noncommercial and personal use only, one copy of any material and/or software that you may download from this site, including, but not limited to, any files, codes, audio or images incorporated in or generated by the software (collectively the "Downloaded Content") provided, however, that you must include or maintain all copyright and other notices contained or associated with such Downloaded Content. You acknowledge and agree that you may not sublicense, assign or otherwise transfer this license or the Downloaded Content and that no title to the Downloaded Content has been or will be transferred to you from Virtrium® or anyone else. You also agree that you will not alter, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer or otherwise modify the Downloaded Content.
Also, we reserve the right to revoke this limited use license at any time, for any reason, and at the sole discretion of Virtrium®. You may not use our materials on sites that feature defamatory pornographic, or inflammatory content, including, but not limited to, hacks and cheats for any of our games or any other content that Virtrium® find objectionable or unlawful.
Are there any legal notices and disclaimers that I need to have on my site when talking about your products?
Yes. You must include all copyright, trademark and other notices as appropriate. Appropriate notices are as follows:
Virtrium is a trademark or registered trademark of Virtrium LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. All rights reserved.
Istaria is a trademark or registered trademark of Virtrium LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. All rights reserved.
Can I register a domain names containing some portion of your product names such as "istaria-online.com" or "istaria-mmo.com?"
Virtrium® does not condone the use of our product names in other domain names. We are concerned that such use could cause confusion for our customers who may assume that the domain is associated with Virtrium®.
Can I put your patches and demos on my web site for download?
Yes. We allow non-commercial mirroring of our patches and demos, so long as you do not alter the patches or demos in any way, and all files included with the original patch or demo are present and intact. Virtrium® reserves the right to refuse permission to host or distribute our patches and demos to anyone, for any reason, at any time.
Can I put my own "home-made" maps on my web site for download?
Yes, we encourage players to create maps and trade them on the Internet so long as they are not for sale or profit, nor any other commercial purpose as defined solely by Virtrium®.
Can I translate your site into another language if no such site exists?
No. Aside from the confusion it might cause our customers, we would have no control over the quality, accuracy or content of such translated sites.
Can I sell or charge for a CD or other media containing maps, add-ons or campaigns found on the Internet?
Can I get authorization to do a novel, screenplay, theatrical production, or other adaptation based on your games?
Please contact us for more information through the support site at http://support.istaria.com
Can I write music with samples or characters from your game?
We appreciate the creative energies of customers. Use of our music, sound samples, or characters from our game in your original compositions is limited for your own personal use and creative exploration. You may not sell or distribute for commercial purpose any music containing samples of music, sound or characters taken from our game. Any use of these materials would also be subject to the terms of our End User License Agreement included with each product.
Can I do a total conversion of your games?
Yes. We've seen some very polished and fun conversions for our games, and have no problems with total conversions so long as they are for personal use and do not infringe our End User License Agreement included in our games, nor the rights of any other parties including copyrights, trademarks or other rights.
Can I create and/or distribute hack and cheats for your games?
No. Virtrium® does not support or condone the use or distribution of cheats and/or hacks for use with Virtrium® games under any circumstance.
Can I host an Istaria® shard or develop a new product with the Mantrid™ server?
We are not looking for hosting partners at this time. If you are interested in licensing our Mantrid™ server technology for MMO development, please contact us through the support site at http://support.istaria.com
Does Virtrium® allow or support other Istaria® like or emulation servers?
No. Except as set forth in the next paragraph, Virtrium® does not support or condone network play of its games anywhere but on Virtrium's® servers. Specifically, you may not host or provide matchmaking services for any of our games or emulate or redirect the communication protocols used by Virtrium® in the network feature of its games, through protocol emulation, tunneling, modifying or adding components to the game(s), use of a utility program or any other techniques now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose including, but not limited to network play over the Internet, network play utilizing commercial or non-commercial gaming networks or as part of content aggregation networks without the prior written consent of Virtrium®.
Can I make and sell my own products (T-shirts, card games, models/figures, etc.) based on the Istaria world?
Please contact us for further information about merchandise licensing through the support site at http://support.istaria.com