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Since I wrote a post, previously, about side projects that I'm working on, I should probably mention: Ask a DnD Monster. The site has been one of my more profitable side projects to date, earning $1.03 so far. Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2009 1:32 PM Miscellaneous | Back to top

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# re: Monster Projects
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I hate to be the one to point this out to you, but...

You are using copyrighted images (which are the intellectual property of Hasbro / Wizards) on your Ask A Monster blog.

By your own statement, you are making a profit, even a small one, which means the Fair Use exemption does not apply (and I'm not sure it ever did in this case.)

You might want to pull those images out of your blog posts if you don't have permission to use them. Otherwise don't be surprised if you get a cease & desist from Hasbro's attorneys.
Left by Chris G Williams on Oct 08, 2009 2:16 PM

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Good catch.

It's actually a weird area, because all those monsters fall under the OGL license, which is why these images appear in virtually every online publication of the SRD that's out there. What's more, WotC's policy on the use of images in fan sites specifically mentions advertising and donation buttons as not constituting using their images for commerical purposes.

At the same time, I was missing a copyright notice, which was bad. So, I've replaced the graphics with hyperlinks back to those graphics on WotC's galleries until I get word back from WotC's legal on exactly what I need to do. It's definitely not my intent to mess with anyone else's intellectual property or violate copyright.

Thanks for the nudge.
Left by Ledge on Oct 08, 2009 3:22 PM

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