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Petition for Day of the Tentacle II

posted by HelloCthulhu on - last edited - Viewed by 2K users

I really wanna see how many people I can get to sign on this.

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  • @Woodsyblue said: Couldn't have said it better myself. Forgive me, HelloCthulhu, I kind of live in a world where I assume everyone knows this obscure piece of knowledge.

    Around these forums, it's much less obscure.

  • This topic pisses me off in immeasurable ways.

  • @GuruGuru214 said: Except it still does matter, because LucasArts owns the license. You may be confused because of Telltale's past lineup, but LucasArts licensed Sam & Max from Steve Purcell and only owns things like characters and locations that were original to Hit the Road, so when Telltale made their Sam & Max games, they licensed the series from Purcell, with LucasArts having nothing to do with it. As for Tales of Monkey Island, LucasArts made a deal to license Monkey Island to Telltale for one game, and the days of that happening seem to be over.

    tl;dr: Nobody is making a Maniac Mansion game without LucasArts allowing them to use the license, and they're keeping their old adventure licenses locked up tight right now.

    Its also confusing since the people that made those games for LucasArts are now TTG. I didn't realize the licences on those copyrights were still valid after all this time... When do they expire?

  • @HelloCthulhu said: Its also confusing since the people that made those games for LucasArts are now TTG. I didn't realize the licences on those copyrights were still valid after all this time... When do they expire?

    Most of the IP copyright licences for classic LucasArts adventure games will never expire. Sam & Max was an exception* because those characters were created by Steve Purcell separate from LucasArts and then LA licenced the characters from him so they could make Hit the Road (and the never-released Freelance Police). But games like MM and MM2: DotT were created under the LucasArts brand and will always be owned by LucasArts, unless they were to ever sell the licences, which they've made very clear they will never do.

    *Another exception, ToMI, was only possible because of a joint Telltale/LucasArts partnership, but, sadly, further collaborations like this look very unlikely in the future with Telltale admitting that LucasArts are really only interesting in doing their own stuff these days.

  • The US Constitution actually prohibits perpetual copyright. That said, it's going to be a very, very long time before any of LucasArts's properties move into public domain. From what I can figure, it's going to be something like 2082.

  • @GuruGuru214 said: The US Constitution actually prohibits perpetual copyright. That said, it's going to be a very, very long time before any of LucasArts's properties move into public domain. From what I can figure, it's going to be something like 2082.

    But there's also the stuff with trademarks and copyright term extensions (aka why Disney will have Mickey Mouse copyrighted forever), I'm sure LA will be able to take advantages of that to keep their licenses for as long as possible.

    EDIT: Oh, when I first saw the post, there was no 2082 part. Yeah, that sounds about right for 'freakishly long' :D But it may be even longer than that.

  • @GuruGuru214 said: The US Constitution actually prohibits perpetual copyright. That said, it's going to be a very, very long time before any of LucasArts's properties move into public domain. From what I can figure, it's going to be something like 2082.

    I knew that was the case with books and movies, so video games fall into the 70 year copyright expiration rule too. However, every-time Steam Boat Willy comes close to having its copyright expiring, Disney chucks a hissy-fit and lobbies to have the copyright expiration time lengthened, so honestly, it potentially could be copyright forever.

    Since the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement we've had to employ the the same copyright laws as you guys.

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    @Woodsyblue said: I knew that was the case with books and movies, so video games fall into the 70 year copyright expiration rule too. However, every-time Steam Boat Willy comes close to having its copyright expiring, Disney chucks a hissy-fit and lobbies to have the copyright expiration time lengthened, so honestly, it potentially could be copyright forever.

    Since the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement we've had to employ the the same copyright laws as you guys.


    The interesting thing is Steamboat Willy might already be in the public domain

  • @WarpSpeed said: SCUMM has "Maniac Mansion" in its abbreviation, but that doesn't mean all SCUMM games are Maniac Mansion games. :)

    (Actually, I liked both MM and DOTT. Plus, you can play MM inside DOTT. If anyone ever does come up with another sequel, I hope it will be possible to play DOTT in it, and then MM in that.)


    Just to be clear, from the Day of the Tentacle manual.

  • damn! would be a dream come true to play DOTT2 :) please make it!

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