was not sure which of the various (and many) Topics to submit this under, so thought I would finally start my own Topic.
I stated my view in 2003 when the dispute between Mr Crossby and CGI first blew up, but here it is again.........
Harn (and all it encompasses) has moved well beyond what Mr Crossby first created and CGI first published due to the extensive efforts of several fans. once again, without the work of the fanon creators (and the loyalty of Harniacs) Harn would be the greatest RPG that died in 1987.
I doubt not that Mr Crossby created Harn in its infancy, but I remember several names being credited with writing the Encyclepidia Harnicas as well as the first kingdom modules (please do not take this as lessening the labour involved in creating such a work as Harn, Mr Crossby)
as for legal rights and the future of Harn both cannon and fanon, try this:
grant credit to Mr Crossby as the creator
grant credit to CGI as the publisher (after all, they kept Harn in the hospital after Mr Crossby left CGI)
all fanon that acknowledges both is good to go!
as to royalties and the like, that is between Mr Crossby and CGI, but I would caution Mr Crossby as others have, you come dangerously close to killing your creation, remember, CGI kept Harn on life support when they could have easily dropped it and the fannon creators breathed new life into Harn, bringing it back from the brink
as for CGI, I agree (being one to hopefully make money on my "intellectal property" sometime in the future) some royalty payment is not only fair but ethical
but ultimately, I believe that Harn has moved past both its intial creation and publication. I, again (as I did in 2003) encourage the fans to sieze Harn!! maybe some of the great fanon creators should sue for copyright of Harn!!
Mr Crossby created Harn, CGI published it, one could not have brought Harn to the world without the other, but both came close to letting it die (if they did not all but abandon Harn at worst and neglected it at best), the FANS kept it alive, they feed it new material, they bought it where ever they could find it, they discussed it endlessly and extolled its greatness to any and all who would listen (I always said it was my favorite ruleset and enviroment).
Mr Crossby and CGI, do what is right, take your dispute over royalties to a third party, divide the world between the two (Harn, Ivinia and already published areas to CGI, the rest of the world to Mr Crossby) and grant rights to create fanon material to some of the great fanon creators and lets get back to enlarging Harn!!