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Old April 9th, 2018, 04:16 AM
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Help me with advice please. As we know Husbro dont produce Heroscape system now. I want to know - if some new company will make some spesial Hex Tiles with different types of terrain on it and after that will sell it- is it legal?

like this one https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2484754

i tink that the "locking" part of the hexes has been copywrighted by Heroscape - is it true or not?

The main Idea - to make Hex Tiles with cool different terrain on it but with "Heroscape locking part".
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Old April 9th, 2018, 09:31 AM
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Sounds like it would be illegal if it is essentially the same product but if you can make them lock in a different way or be different somehow that might work?

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Yeah, those Thingiverse sellers and people who 3D print custom tiles are technically illegal, I think. They’re just such small operations they typically go under the radar.
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@srmalloy is a member of this site as well. There is a whole thread of files just for heroscape on here. Not sure about selling them though. I would say technically it is illegal. Those files were made by him.
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So, is it impossible and no way to make legal tiles with this locking system that will be ok for playing with original "Heroscape Tiles"? May be someone can help with advice...
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So, is it impossible and no way to make legal tiles with this locking system that will be ok for playing with original "Heroscape Tiles"? May be someone can help with advice...
To make, sure you can make whatever you want. To sell is completely different. If you can make tiles to fit with your sets by all means. There are lots of custom stuff for tons of different applications on here, just be wary or steer clear of selling it.

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i tink that the "locking" part of the hexes has been copywrighted by Heroscape - is it true or not?
I may be wrong, but I believe that the interlocking design is covered under a patent, not a copyright. This would mean that the patent will expire in a few years. After that time the design is no longer protected and could be used in other products.

Some research would need to be done to determine when the patent would expire. I'm remembering that a patent is good for something like 17 years. If the patent is from 2004, 14 of those years have already passed.
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Check out this thread: https://www.heroscapers.com/communit...ghlight=patent

There is lots about how the patent doesn't really hold water. It is a good read.


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Re: Custom Tiles

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Check out this thread: https://www.heroscapers.com/communit...ghlight=patent

There is lots about how the patent doesn't really hold water. It is a good read.
To sum this up for everyone, the patent that Hasbro has on the terrain, is for the cracked ground texture on the top on the pieces, not on the interlocking mechanism that holds them together. So the stuff on Thingiverse is completely legal as long as it isn't using any of the texture designs used on official terrain. Although, the rock/glacier outcrops on Thingiverse are probably illegal as those appear to be exact copies of the official stuff.
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Re: Custom Tiles

However you can create them for personal use. You just can't sell them. You may even be able to create them and sell them as art if they are sufficiently painted.

Copyright is funny like that.


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