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    VOREGOTTEN REALM COPYRIGHT POLICY - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & COPYRIGHTS.
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The collective work which is Voregotten Realm (the database, MUF and MPI
programs, and any and all auxiliary files) is copyright by the MUCK wizards,
and as such may not be copied in whole or in part by anyone without the express
written consent of the wizards. The name "Voregotten Realm" is also
copyrighted.
 
1.- Individual character and belonging copyrights:
 
Individual characters (descriptions, associated text and work solely added by
a player) belong to the individual player and may be copyright by that player.
Voregotten Realm does NOT claim copyright on individual character descriptions.
It is understood however that in the act of a player uploading character
descriptions to Voregotten Realm, Voregotten Realm will store, serve and
archive such descriptions of the character and its creations (rooms/belongings/
programs) as required to facilitate the operation of the game.
 
Note that, as original works, descriptions are copyrighted by their original
author. Voregotten Realm reserves the right to enforce such copyright within
its own rules; in particular, the republication or reposting of any character,
object, or room description without the express permission of its owner is
forbidden and may result in the suspension of your character or other punitive
action, as well as the removal by the wizards of the copyrighted material.
 
2.- Programs:
 
Programming works (MUF/MPI programs, user provided extensions to the game) will
be permitted to be uploaded and used on Voregotten Realm and the individual
copyright will be retained by the author of such programs. It is understood
however that Voregotten Realm will store, serve and archive such programs as
required to facilitate the operation of the game.
 
While Voregotten Realm does not claim ownership or copyright of such uploaded
programs, if you intend on making any of your works publicly accessible (by
setting them Link-ok, or offering them for use) you grant Voregotten Realm
wizards the right to store and copy and make available such programs and works
for the benefit of its players and operation of the game.
 
You also grant the head wizard the right to review your code and modify it as
he sees fit so to ensure that your code:
 - is harmless for the MUCK database;
 - doesn't introduce any security breach or bug;
 - doesn't impose too heavy a load on the MUCK server;
 - doesn't threaten the other MUCKers' privacy and rights.
Any modification made by the head wizard on your programs will be notified to
you as soon as possible (but not necessarily prior the needed modifications are
made).
 
Should you wish to remove any programs from Voregotten Realm or withdraw them
from public access, you grant the wizards a reasonable time to seek and provide
replacement of your programs before their removal.
Should the programs be removed without reasonable notice or time to provide
replacements, the wizards may provide archival copies of your programs for a
reasonable length of time to facilitate the operation of the game.
 
3.- Publicly accessible areas:
 
Publicly accessible areas remain the property of the creator/author and as such
their copyright is not claimed by Voregotten Realm. It is understood however
that such text/descriptions/programming of rooms and exits will be stored,
served and archived by Voregotten Realm for the benefit of its players and
operation of the game.
 
Should you seek to remove such a public use area from Voregotten Realm, you
grant the wizards a reasonable time to seek and provide replacement of your
area. Should the area be removed without reasonable notice or time to provide
replacement, the wizards may provide archival copies of your area for a
reasonable length of time to facilitate the operation of the game.
 
4.- Donation of programs, areas and property:
 
You may donate to the public use of Voregotten Realm any area/program/work you
create and as such release your claim of copyright. Such areas/programs/works
will then become the property of Voregotten Realm to be controlled by the
wizard core. Donations of such material must be clearly communicated to a
wizard and arrangements will be made to transfer ownership.
 
You must contact the wizards with any statement of donation.
 
5.- MUCK server code copyright:
 
The Server code itself (Fuzzball) is NOT copyright by Voregotten Realm, though
may be copyright in whole or in part by others. See copyright notices included
in the Fuzzball distribution.

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