Take the 2-minute tour ×
Game Development Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional and independent game developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This question already has an answer here:

Is it possible to use Pokemon images, names, elements in a game I would like to make? Are they still copyrighted, patented, would I get sued?

(Maybe their rights have expired by now, is what I am thinking?)

share

marked as duplicate by Anko, Josh Petrie Aug 14 at 15:15

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

4  
    
I actually picked up a book that has art you can use that seem like they are like pokemon: amazon.com/500-Manga-Creatures-Yishan-Li/dp/0061650501 –  Rangoric Oct 20 '11 at 13:26

3 Answers 3

up vote 9 down vote accepted

Copyright expiry depends where you live. The simple answer is that they are copyright, and you can get sued. (More likely you'll get a cease-and-desist shutting down development of your game and threatening legal action.)

If you really want a pokemon-style game, create your own unique game world and characters and use those.

share

Copyright protecion lasts for the life of author and 70 years based on the the longest living author if jointly created or if work of corporate authorship, works for hire, or anonymous and pseudonymous works, the shorter of 95 years from publication, or 120 years from creation.

share
7  
... in one country. –  user744 Oct 20 '11 at 12:15

You can not do because of the Straight of author. The only way is to contact the legal department of Game Freak and ask permission to use their works (sound, images, fonts and etc...)

share

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.