I had added a book on the rules of the board game Formula De. At a point where the book contained a table of contents, and the section on tournament rules was complete, the page was summarily deleted.
I still believe the text had as much educational value as any book here on any other game, and said section is not widely available. (It was only used at conventions, and is not included in the box, even though it was approved of by the games publisher.)
I am still trying to find out why it is not appropriate here, and/or where else in the wiki projects it should go. (I was told rules were not encyclopedic at Wikipedia, and that it was either original content and/or copyrighted at Wikisource.)
- Under U.S. law, the rules of a game themselves cannot be copyrighted, they are in the public domain. Text descriptions of the rules long enough that they could be worded differently but still mean the same thing could be copyrighted. (So someone could copyright their description of a rule, but not the rule itself, and if a rule is so simple that you can not tell one description from another, then neither may be copyrighted.)
- The legal notes for all of this were posted by me in the deletion archive at Wikisource. Where their conclusion was that I could not post the rules—as they were printed at the Convention (copyright)—and that I could not re-word them (original writing).
- I still believe they were mistaken on the copyright issue since the rules were too short to be easy to reword, and hence not copyrightable.
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