we will see but I have noticed a big issue with one of their planned minor civs here amoebas , I'm sure the endless space owners will be unhappy with copyright as I'm sure they got all races of their game covered and amoeba , are major race in endless space and in endless space 2 a minor race.
Endless Space featured 8 playable factions at launch, and currently features 12 unique playable factions. Each has their own history and unique traits and bonuses.
The Amoeba are one of the sixteen minor civilizations available in Endless Space 2. They were present in Endless Space as a major civilization and are playable in the Early Access version of the game. all rights are reserved what that means
I don't think Amoeba is a copyrightable word. I don't think that "Harmony", or "Pilgrims" could be considered non-generic enough either, for example. I have troubles imagining anyone making the claim successfully in a copyright court. I am surprised you didn't point out the overlap of "United Empire" and "United Earth.
I can't see it being an issue, let alone a "big" issue. I am sure that people have filed legal action for less, but I don't think they win very much at all.
Amoeba is a very generic word. It is a single cell life form right here on our very own world; there are billions of them all around us. It is a common science/biology term. There really isn't any way anybody could win any kind of copyright infringement lawsuit over using the word in a game. Especially since the Endless Space guys are not the first people to use it...
Endless Space 2 is looking to be a pretty fun game so far though. But they aren't going to get any additional funding from a lawsuit over "Amoeba".
I also disagree with the original post an amoeba does already exist. Thats like saying that only marvel can use thor. Which pre existed long beforenthe super heroe thor.
I had this reply from
Senior Community Developer
Our games are indeed trademarked and copyright protected. The Amoeba faction could be some sort of homage or wink to our games
so it depends how they intend to use amoeba minor faction here
So if Stardock used the same Art as Amplitude then I could see a potential issue. In this case if its just a minor race that is named the same as in another game but uses different art and 'descriptions' I don't think its such an issue. Do we have any copyright lawyers hanging out here on the forums?
I am not sure how the act of notifying one company of a possible legal conflict with another can be interpreted as a helpful action as opposed to stirring up trouble. At the very least, if you were that concerned, a polite letter to Stardock and its lawyers would be in order, allowing them to start any legal discussion on their own terms. I know if I were a corporate lawyer type, I would very politely ask you not to intentionally or unintentionally represent my client in the future.
It sounds like Amplitude has a reasonable attitude, so I think Stardock can breathe easy as long as one celled creatures cannot get together for a class action suit. If that happens then Stardock is in serious danger, regardless of how many lawyers they have on retainer.
Why are even having this discussion? The new amoeba civilization is called Slyne.
"Meet the members of the Terran Resistance, lurk deep within the bowels of the living rock of asteroids as the new Onyx Hive faction, or look down on other primitive races as the cybernetic space amoebas, the Slyne."
Because trolls have to be trolls?
Seriously, pretty much all ideas have been used at one time or another. It is the differences that make a difference.
After all Amplitude isn't the first to use space amoebas either, Star Trek used the concept at least twice (with two different monsters) way back in the 1960s.
I doubt they were the first to use the concept either.
@islanddog , trying to report the above spam but getting this error :/
Can del this post to if you like once the above is gone. just thought I would let you know.
So... when is the next Dev Blog? It has been two weeks now...
I think they switched to weekly Twitch streams only.
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