Ladies and Gentlemen of the Vast Empire, it is
with deep regret that we must inform you that the Vast Empire must be closed.
Just this week the three of us received the following e-mail from LucasArts
It has recently come to our, LucasArts
Entertainment Company (hereafter LEC), that your small gaming club has been in
More specifically the Ownership section. It states:
..use of any of the text, graphics, photographs, audio and/or video material
or stills from audiovisual material or any other materials contained herein,
for any other purpose, in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter
developed, including the use of any of the aforementioned materials on any
other Web site or networked computer environment, without a prior written
consent from LucasArts, is expressly prohibited.
This is to include artwork and stories based on
any trade marked item from any of the Lucas family of companies. While LEC has
back on the number of pages that use our material without proper permission.
LEC understands that you do this for fun and
because of that we welcome you and your members to become a part of our
official Star Wars gaming club when it is released later this year.
If you would like to continue your club, you may do
so. LEC only asks that you remove all Star Wars references from your server as well
as cease to use any game made by LEC as these games will only be allowed for use by
the official Star Wars gaming club or for gaming sites with which LEC has agreements
We hope that you and your members continue to purchase
LEC products in the future.
Vice President Legal
Lucas Arts Entertainment Company LLC
Because we (Kadann, Threeof4, and Anakin), do not
have the funds to fight this in the courts we have decided to just close down
the Vast Empire domain. This decision was made after hours of thinking about
what we were about to do. This was not an easy decision to come to, but there
appears to be no way out of this situation. We have talked with LucasArts on
this issue and there is really no way we can come to meet their demands and
still keep our same atmosphere.
We will be keeping the chat room open for the next
couple of weeks so that each of you can collect your friends and perhaps join
other clubs, or maybe even the official club, together. As for the three of us,
we have decided that we will not participate in another club like this. In our
eyes, the Vast Empire is by far the best club out there, and to join someone
else's would be a step down.
While we are outraged about these events, we do
understand that LucasArts is just trying to protect their company and further
development of thier ideas. We please ask that none of you take this as an
excuse to send hate letters to LucasArts, while you may not agree with it, it
is something we must deal with and no ammount of letters will stop this from
happening. Express your outrage by convincing others to boycott LucasArts
products, and join in our boycott as well.
We hope that most of you will keep in touch and
wish you the best of luck in the future.
Good luck to all of you and keep in touch,
Kadann - Todd Schlomer
Anakin - Chris Barber
Threeof4 - Robert Robinson