I am not talking about getting pirated pdf, just getting stats only fan-created "cheat sheets" For example somebody posts on the FFG forum a chart for character creation. All it has are stats, for races no description. So would that be copyright violation?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to close as off-topic because this is a question about the law, not really about RPGs. While we might have opinions, the RPG.SE community are not experts in copyright law. \$\endgroup\$ – Tynam Jan 26 '15 at 22:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you elaborate on what you're trying to do? You want to publish cheat sheets with NPC stat block or are you afraid the FBI will bust in your door if you used fan-created material? \$\endgroup\$ – user4000 Jan 26 '15 at 22:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Tynam We have questions about publishing and rules for copyright and they are on topic. It's just in the current form the question is hard to understand \$\endgroup\$ – user4000 Jan 26 '15 at 22:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ If someone posts character stat charts on the FFG forums to aid in character creation, but they only have stats, nothing else. \$\endgroup\$ – Lenie Lenape Jan 27 '15 at 0:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's still really unclear what you're asking. Your title is asking about the legality of if you can get stats from one book if you only have the other book: that's a non-starter because you don't have the first book, and it's unclear if you're asking "is this illegal?" or "is this okay by the game rules?". Your question body only confuses that further by referring to fan-created cheat sheets. Are you asking if you'd be violating copyright by using Edge of the Empire cheat sheets with your Age of Rebellion game? Are you asking if they're violating copyright by providing those sheets? \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Jan 27 '15 at 3:04

The rule of thumb is: If material someone copied means you can avoid paying for the book it comes from, it's a copyright violation.

So if these cheat sheets mean you don't have to buy Edge of the Empire, no, the cheat sheets are violating copyright.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not really sure for that rule of thumb. You know, no matter how little you get from a book, you always can avoid paying for it. \$\endgroup\$ – Flamma Jan 27 '15 at 0:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Flamma It's based on the "economic impact" prong of Fair Use doctrine: basically, the courts care whether the copying reduces the economic value of the original. If these cheatsheets mean lots of people can use content from of the book without buying it, Fair Use doesn't apply and full copyright liability is due. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Jan 27 '15 at 1:44

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