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re: there are NO legal requirements
Posted by: JAllenC3 12:15 pm EDT 07/22/21
In reply to: re: there are NO legal requirements - SQ 11:03 am EDT 07/22/21

Depends on what you're looking at I guess. The terms that were in place when the Kickstarter was launched do say, "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill." https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012

Also from Kickstarter's website (in 2012):

Is a creator legally obligated to fulfill the promises of their project?

Yes. Kickstarter's Terms of Use require creators to fulfill all rewards of their project or refund any backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill. (This is what creators see before they launch.) We crafted these terms to create a legal requirement for creators to follow through on their projects, and to give backers a recourse if they don't. We hope that backers will consider using this provision only in cases where they feel that a creator has not made a good faith effort to complete the project and fulfill.

https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/accountability-on-kickstarter

So it seems over the years Kickstarter has adjusted their terms of service to give creators more flexibility when things go wrong. But with Rick's death I imagine you're right there's not much recourse unless someone wants to sue his estate (which I assume is long since settled) or the production company behind the documentary (which obviously wouldn't be worth it for a myriad of reasons).

Anyway, I'm just glad to see the finished product, though I do feel bad for the people who gave at the highest tier to get their names in the credits and such.
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