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Kristian Mitchell-Dolby
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There are a lot of lovecraft based games so I was wondering if anyone knew what the ownership of Cthulhu and the Arkham universe is?
 
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IANAL

I believe it is in the public domain (Least the H. P. Lovecraft bits). Though certain add on elements may not be.

(I am often completely wrong)

Update:

Wiki Article

Is Cthulhu in the public domain?
 
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The actual Cthulhu mythos and all works from H.P. Lovecraft are public domain, so anyone is free to use them.

But you'd probably need to check on specific trademarks that FFG and other companies have for particular titles or IP within that setting if you were thinking about publishing something using it.
 
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FFG has trademarked "Arkham Horror" and the names of the related games. Specific games are generally copyrighted by their designers and/or publishers.


The principal "entities" and general concepts of Yog-Sothothery have always been in the public domain. Lovecraft encouraged his contemporaries to use them in their own stories.
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Yep, Cthulhu is in the public domain.

As mentioned above though, it's a landmine of legalities. While Lovecrafts own works are all valid, there are many elder gods and concepts that were added in later years. This added stuff is NOT in the public domain.

Combine that with trademarks and mechanical implementations and you have even more to worry about.

These legal reasons are the biggest reason I went to a publisher. I didn't want to worry about the many issues involved.
 
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Kristian Mitchell-Dolby
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My game involves trying to survive a series of random drawn disasters whilst piloting a space ship and one of the disasters is an alien creature attacking the ship and I was wondering if I could call it Cthulhu so relatively loose association so I think I'd be okay by the sounds of things.

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KristianJMD wrote:
My game involves trying to survive a series of random drawn disasters whilst piloting a space ship and one of the disasters is an alien creature attacking the ship and I was wondering if I could call it Cthulhu so relatively loose association so I think I'd be okay by the sounds of things.

Cheers


What? Why?
 
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Kristian Mitchell-Dolby
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simpledamon wrote:
KristianJMD wrote:
My game involves trying to survive a series of random drawn disasters whilst piloting a space ship and one of the disasters is an alien creature attacking the ship and I was wondering if I could call it Cthulhu so relatively loose association so I think I'd be okay by the sounds of things.

Cheers


What? Why?


Because ... everyone loves Cthulhu ... what exactly are you questioning?
 
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KristianJMD wrote:
simpledamon wrote:
KristianJMD wrote:
My game involves trying to survive a series of random drawn disasters whilst piloting a space ship and one of the disasters is an alien creature attacking the ship and I was wondering if I could call it Cthulhu so relatively loose association so I think I'd be okay by the sounds of things.

Cheers


What? Why?


Because ... everyone loves Cthulhu ... what exactly are you questioning?


You're calling the GAME Cthulhu, or just that alien creature?
 
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Kristian Mitchell-Dolby
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zackiechan wrote:
KristianJMD wrote:
simpledamon wrote:
KristianJMD wrote:
My game involves trying to survive a series of random drawn disasters whilst piloting a space ship and one of the disasters is an alien creature attacking the ship and I was wondering if I could call it Cthulhu so relatively loose association so I think I'd be okay by the sounds of things.

Cheers


What? Why?


Because ... everyone loves Cthulhu ... what exactly are you questioning?


You're calling the GAME Cthulhu, or just that alien creature?


Just that alien creature. Apologies if that apparently caused confusion.
 
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Why even call the alien Cthulhu ?

It's an alien, you have a chance to do something original and create a whole new story

I know Cthulhu and Zombies and CthulhuZombies are popular right now, but this is a great opportunity to do something original

 
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Kristian Mitchell-Dolby
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Could but doesn't seem much point. The idea of turning over a card reading "you are attacked by Cthulhu" seems pretty funny to me, especially since the players probably will have no idea Cthulhu is in it. If it was integral to the game then yeah I'd work something original out but it's a throw away reference so not much point.
 
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