Does Paizo's use of Smurfs break some kind of IP?


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Phyrexian_Jester wrote:
This is my first post. Where did you guys get the smurf avatars?

Hi Phyrexian_Jester. Welcome to the boards. I'm sure Lilith will be around with cookies shortly.

As you may have figured out, just typing 'smurf' in a post gives you a random smurf avatar. It is an ancient(in website years) feature of this board.


Cheers, Phyrexian Jester!
Smurf!


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I hear there are cookies needed. *leaves cookies in thread*


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I'm serious. I'll chip in on a fund to pay Crystal to do it in her non-work time (Paizo gift certificate?)... anyone else?

My paypal account awaits your instructions.


Kruelaid wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I'm serious. I'll chip in on a fund to pay Crystal to do it in her non-work time (Paizo gift certificate?)... anyone else?
My paypal account awaits your instructions.

You can count on my plastic!

Liberty's Edge Contributor

Patrick Curtin wrote:
Kruelaid wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I'm serious. I'll chip in on a fund to pay Crystal to do it in her non-work time (Paizo gift certificate?)... anyone else?
My paypal account awaits your instructions.
You can count on my plastic!

Is your plastic pre-painted? 'Cause if it is, you'll have to randomize it. ::ba-DUM-tish!::

Oh...and...Smurf ALL y'all smurfs!!!!!

Silver Crusade

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I am not ready to say goodbye to Kobold Cleaver's special smurf avatar.


A Kobold wearing a smurf's hat would be cool, but I wonder then if they could still nail you for making something with the smurf likeness, thereby we are in the same IP boat.

er..

SMURFITY SMURF SMURF, Gargamel is smurfing us again with legal smurfisms!

Liberty's Edge

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Smurf


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Those are not smurfs, fools! They are mites!

The Exchange

"I absosmurfly hate rules."


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You rang Mr Smurf?

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Crimson Jester wrote:
"I absosmurfly hate rules."

Someday I will figure out how you do that.

Aside. Blue goblins aren't even close to an IP violation, they're covered under the OGL after all.


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IP Smurf wrote:

A Kobold wearing a smurf's hat would be cool, but I wonder then if they could still nail you for making something with the smurf likeness, thereby we are in the same IP boat.

er..

SMURFITY SMURF SMURF, Gargamel is smurfing us again with legal smurfisms!

I was looking up smurfs the other day, and found out that the hat they wear is a Phrygian hat which was worn in the Eastern parts of the Roman Empire, so goblins wearing smurf hats are safe.


Matthew Morris wrote:
Blue goblins aren't even close to an IP violation, they're covered under the OGL after all.

It isn't a trademark violation that is at issue...it is copyright violation in the form of the avatar images.


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bugleyman wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
Blue goblins aren't even close to an IP violation, they're covered under the OGL after all.
It isn't a trademark violation that is at issue...it is copyright violation in the form of the avatar images.

It depends on where the images are from. If they are openly distributed then, much like the Paizo Blog images, anyone can use them.

It's morphin' time.

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bugleyman wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
Blue goblins aren't even close to an IP violation, they're covered under the OGL after all.
It isn't a trademark violation that is at issue...it is copyright violation in the form of the avatar images.

I know, I was replying to the concern that a 'blue goblin with a Phrygian hat' would still be an IP violation of the little blue buggers


Matthew Morris wrote:
bugleyman wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
Blue goblins aren't even close to an IP violation, they're covered under the OGL after all.
It isn't a trademark violation that is at issue...it is copyright violation in the form of the avatar images.
I know, I was replying to the concern that a 'blue goblin with a Phrygian hat' would still be an IP violation of the little blue buggers

I hope the smurf not!

Webstore Gninja Minion

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Smurfilicious!

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Oh gods ... thread necromancy upon a 2 years dead smurf thread ... surely it is a sign of the apocasmurf ...

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

Some days you just want to be a little blue.


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What the smurf? Any particular reason for the thread necromancy, or are we all just feeling smurfy today?

Sovereign Court

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I must admit, I find it humorous that all the smurfs who are questioning the necromancy are grouchy smurf ...

EDIT: Hmmm ... perhaps that smurf is an omen of much more smurfing to come ...

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Gary Teter wrote:
Some days you just want to be a little blue.

Yeah, I can get that. Though when it comes to smurfs it is the literal and not metaphorical "little blue" ...


Smurf Smurf Smurf.

ooooh, I have a red hat.


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What a smurfing smurf we have here. That's just smurfy.

Silver Crusade

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Again with the smurfing!

Sovereign Court

The best things about the smurf avatars is picturing that smurf actually saying what is typed in the comments ...

and has anyone else noticed that Brainy smurf never appears?

Silver Crusade

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zylphryx wrote:
The best things about the smurf avatars is picturing that smurf actually saying what is typed in the comments ...

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you're looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you and I will smurf you.


I can't resist testing this...

SMURF!

Sovereign Court

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Y'all see the smurf hanging out of the spaceship with the really big gun? Now I'm not saying you weren't easy to find. It was kinda out of our way, and he didn't want to come in the first place. Smurf's lookin' to kill some smurfs. So really it's his will y'all should worry about thwarting ... Gotta say, doctor, your talent for alienatin' smurfs is near miraculous.


This thread makes me so smurfy, I just smurfed myself!


When I think about you I Smurf myself?


Jiggy wrote:
This smurf is wearing a thong.

... I don't think you smurfing wanted to hear that ...

Silver Crusade

These are Smurf avatars!?! And I thought everybody was in a Darklands campaign playing some weird variant of the Svirfneblin.


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Ajaxis wrote:
These are Smurf avatars!?! And I thought everybody was in a Darklands campaign playing some weird variant of the Svirfneblin.

Smurfneblin.


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To smurf or not to smurf...

Silver Crusade

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Arssanguinus wrote:
Ajaxis wrote:
These are Smurf avatars!?! And I thought everybody was in a Darklands campaign playing some weird variant of the Svirfneblin.
Smurfneblin.

Drow come rolling up in our turf, smurf's gonna get real.

Grand Lodge

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This smurf is all smurf. Let me smurfin smurf you a smurfin story. So this smurfin smurf talks smurf about smurf like the smurf is king of the smurfin smurf smurf. This smurf just keeps smurfin his smurf and let me tell you, the smurfin smurf got the smurf knocked out of his smurfin smurf.

All this smurf could think is "Smurf YEAH!"....
Smurf out!


You know, if I had a smurf for every time somebody smurfed, I'd have a smurfin' ton of smurfs!

Sovereign Court

I've been smurfing around these boards for a while, and I didn't smurfin' see that there was a smurf thread.

SMURF!


Feels good to smurf.


Snorks!!


im disappointed. this must be some kind of anti-snork conspiracy perpetrated by those vile smurfs. equal time for the snorks

Grand Lodge

Goblin Bait wrote:
im disappointed. this must be some kind of anti-snork conspiracy perpetrated by those vile smurfs. equal time for the snorks

Get the smurf out of town!


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Schtroumpf.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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One-Word Response wrote:
Schtroumpf.

Ha! We are on to you like blue on smurf.


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One-Word Response wrote:
Schtroumpf.

Yeah there were attempts in the other smurf threads to try different approaches and they have mostly been thwarted. Most of the ways in which you can say "smurf" are covered.

(And Kobold Cleaver gets a special icon on the incredibly rare circumstance that he says smurf!)


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P.S. Warning to all Smurfs! Don't eat the cookies that Lilith left in the thread. They are over two years old now and are quite thoroughly smurfed!

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