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You, Too, Can Write a Book About Space Marines, No Matter What Games Workshop Thinks

Late last year, author M.A.C. Hogarth's novel Spots the Space Marine was removed from Amazon following a pretty ridiculous claim by Games Workshop that their copyright of the term "space marine" in the context of Warhammer 40,000 meant they had called dibs on pretty much the entire space marine genre of science fiction. Amazon has put the book back up for sale on its site, but that doesn't mean Hogarth's fight is over -- we don't know how willing Games Workshop is to go to the mat defending their claim on the entire literary genre of 'space marines,' but we might be about to find out, and if we do, chances are things will become unpleasant.

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