The information in this section is contained in the FanPro Shadowrun FAQ and distilled here for quick consumption.
Who owns Shadowrun?
WizKids, Inc. (www.wizkidsgames.com), the makers of Mage Knight, own the Shadowrun intellectual properties. They have licensed the Shadowrun RPG to Fantasy Productions GmbH (www.fanpro.com). Fantasy Productions is one of the premier German game companies-they publish Das Schwarze Auge (considered by some to be the "D&D; of Germany") and used to translate most of FASA's products (Shadowrun, BattleTech, Earthdawn, etc.) into German.
Fantasy Productions has established an office in the U.S. (FanPro LLC) to publish Shadowrun (and also Classic BattleTech and Dark Eye) products in English.
What is the policy for Shadowrun fan web pages?
Yes, FanPro and WizKids encourages the creation and proliferation of non-commercial fan-based Shadowrun websites. If you currently have or wish to create your own unofficial, non-commercial fan website, we ask that you follow these guidelines:
- Legal Text - Please use the following text at the bottom of your home page and on any other web page that includes Shadowrun material, also if the creator of any artwork is positively known, please insert credit(s) to the artist(s):
WizKids, Inc. has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. WizKids, Inc. has granted permission to < fill in the name of your site > to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with < fill in the name of your site > in any official capacity whatsoever.
- Logo - Permission is granted to use the Shadowrun logo (below) on non-commercial fan
web pages. The logo must be accompanied by the legal text above. Please do not alter or modify the logos in any way without WizKids prior written consent.
- Copyright - It is not permissible to post published copyrighted Shadowrun material, writing or artwork, in whole or in part, on your web pages, without the prior written consent of WizKids, Inc..
- Commercial use - It is not permissible to sell any product or service that utilizes any aspect of the Shadowrun universe including but not limited to, characters, logo, artwork, marks, and/or any proprietary material, without the prior written consent of WizKids, Inc..
What can I do with stuff I download from ShadowrunRPG.com?
Feel free to download and print the material out for your friends and gaming group. Please preserve the copyright notice at the bottom of each page, and do not upload the files to other internet sites - if your friends want to get their own electronic copies, please point them here. This helps ensure that they'll always get the most up to date files!