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    Mann's Copyrite, Lesser
    Universal
    Level: Sor/Wiz 2
    Components: V, M
    Casting Time: 1 round
    Range: Touch
    Target: Spellbook or scroll
    Duration: Seventy years, or caster's life +20 years, decided on casting
    Saving Throw: None
    Spell Resistance: None

    The Loremaster Jack Mann grew tired of people copying his spells. He decided to create a spell that would prevent this. Copyrite prevents any spell from being copied from any book or scroll affected, though they can still be cast normally.

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    Mann's Copyrite
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    Level: Sor/Wiz 4

    Eventually, Jack Mann decided that he didn't mind his spells being used, as such, but that he would like to be given compensation for them. To this end, he created Greater Copyrite. Spells on scrolls or spellbooks affected can still be copied, but only by expending twice as much gold per page, half of which is teleported magically into the caster's coffers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackMann
    Mann's Copyrite
    Universal
    Level: ?
    Components: V, M
    Casting Time: 1 round
    Range: Touch
    Target: Spellbook or scroll
    Duration: Instantaneous
    Saving Throw: None
    Spell Resistance: None

    The Loremaster Jack Mann grew tired of people copying his spells. He decided to create a spell that would prevent this. Copyrite prevents any spell from being copied from any book or scroll affected, though they can still be cast normally.

    Masterial Component: Spittle from a lawyer

    Mann's Copyrite, Greater
    Universal (See text for Mann's Copyrite)
    Level: ?+2

    Eventually, Jack Mann decided that he didn't mind his spells being used, as such, but that he would like to be given compensation for them. To this end, he created Greater Copyrite. Spells on scrolls or spellbooks affected can still be copied, but only by expending twice as much gold per page, half of which is teleported magically into Jack Mann's coffers.
    Nice concept, but change Greater into a Lesser version and make it the caster's coffers.
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    Duration should be caster's life + 20 years, or 70 years - caster's choice upon creation.
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    Winged One: Okay, changed.

    Borglone: Oh, I like it. Changed.
    I am a poor man, some say Im half crazy,
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    Lady I pledge you my sword and my honor,
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    not to be used with the Skill Spelling(English)...

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    It's not a typo.
    I am a poor man, some say Im half crazy,
    son of the sword and the knife
    Lady I pledge you my sword and my honor,
    my heart and my pride and my life
    --Bella Doa, by Joe Bethancourt
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    there should be an epic level where you summon a Demonic attorny and go before a tirbunal of inevitables to aruge that no one should ever be able to cast that spell without your permission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackMann
    It's not a typo.

    I thought it was a first as well, although once I looked at it again I realized it was a clever pun. Those are quite fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borglone
    Duration should be caster's life + 20 years, or 70 years - caster's choice upon creation.
    Originally copyright only lasted 14 years before a volume entere the public domain. The thinking was that if you ain't made your money back in that time the book was duff anyway. It's publishing companies that have lobbied for the extension of copyright to the absurd length it is today.

    An interesting spell JackMann, but arguably a pernicious extension of contemporary mores into the D&D world.

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    It's a pun, Smiley. Try not to overthink it.

    Now, any suggestion for level on these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackMann
    It's a pun, Smiley. Try not to overthink it.

    Now, any suggestion for level on these?
    Sorry mate, I'm having an over-serious and pompous day today. :P

    Levels? I'd say 2 for lesser (a varient of Arcane Mark) and +1 for greater.

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    does Mann happen to be a rodent who wears nothing but red shorts and yellow shoes? (he's why it's 70 years now)

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    I meant that it's more powerful to completely prevent it being copied rather than to just make it more expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pincushionman
    does Mann happen to be a rodent who wears nothing but red shorts and yellow shoes? (he's why it's 70 years now)
    give it a few more years, it will be longer.

    Also, there should be some sort of "Mickey's Extending" spell which increases the duration of copyrights when they are about to run out. (i am thinking 6-7th level for that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winged One
    I meant that it's more powerful to completely prevent it being copied rather than to just make it more expensive.
    I agree. Stopping copying is better then half copying.

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    They both keep people from copying. One just sets conditions under which it can be copied, and also contains a teleportation effect.

    To continue, Copyrite can do everything that Lesser Copyrite can, up until the copier coughs up the extra cash into the caster's coffers, a considerable coup for our canny conjurer.
    I am a poor man, some say Im half crazy,
    son of the sword and the knife
    Lady I pledge you my sword and my honor,
    my heart and my pride and my life
    --Bella Doa, by Joe Bethancourt
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    Alas, poor Draknir. By Mephibosheth

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackMann
    the copier coughs up the extra cash into the caster's coffers, a considerable coup for our canny conjurer.
    Say that three times fast.


    So...these spells are awesome. My wizard will be researching them, because he's paranoid as hell about people copying his spells. Good work Jack.
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