Copyright is the legal right of the creator of a work to define how that work may be used and distributed.

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Naming a weapon during game development: is using the actual model name in real life against copyright?

I was planning to name each weapon at the weapon shop and I was wondering if it is safe to use the real name of each weapon and model as well before publishing it via Google Play Store for my created ...
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Copyright issues related to pokemon [duplicate]

Me and my friend are planning to make a "pokemon" game and sell it. It's going to be a ripoff that will work exactly the same as pokemon (catch creatures in balls, they fight with 4 moves, health, ...
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How closely can a game legally resemble another?

Most games build on other games' successes and many are downright clones. Where is the limit of imitation before legal issues come into play? Is it down to literary or graphic work like characters and ...
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Can names of abilities or spells within a game be trademarked/copyright? [duplicate]

Okay, say I want to create an RPG similar to and takes inspiration from such games as Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls, Shin Megami Tensei, Pokemon, etc. and I would like to use familiar names in some ...
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Can I use copyrighted sprites for a demo?

I just had a quick question and wanted everyone's opinions. I'm making a 2D demo game for a resume which I want to post online. I'm applying as a programmer position so I don't really have my own ...
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Do I need licensing to use real city names in my game?

I want to allow people to go to real places (Seattle Washington, Portland, Maine, etc.) in my game. Will I need licensing to make those places and use their names?
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Using old planes in video game; copyright?

So i'm developing a small video game for class and for reasons we need to stay away from copyright material. I was wondering if I would have to worry about old WW2 planes being considered copyright ...
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Are references to other games considered an infringement of copyright?

My team frequently reminisces about the games we grew up with in the 1990s, and we'd like to include references and Easter eggs that pay homage to this decade and that will invoke nostalgia or even ...
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What do I need to release a Dragon ball game? [duplicate]

The idea is to make a dragon ball game for mobile phones, I'm developing a prototype using sprites at spritedatabase.net. However, I don't know which commercial use they have, if I'll have to pay some ...
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How do I determine if I'm allowed to use an asset from the web in my game?

I need to incorporate other people's work into my game project. I must admit (with a little embarassment) that I am almost completely ignorant about copyright. I only have a vague idea of what it is, ...
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Does a pong clone called “Ping” infringe on any copyrights or trademarks?

Long story short, I made a retro Pong clone and submitted it to the App Store as my first app. It survived for a bit, but I eventually received a message from Atari tell me to remove it. There was ...
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How or when to add a copyright notice in published games?

I've seen lot of videogame title screens show a copyright notice together with the company name. I'm about to publish my game and I am looking for possibilities or requirements on how or when to add ...
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How do I avoid removal from Play Store due to copyright infringement?

I made a simple Batman puzzle game using some Batman posters from the internet. There are apps on Google Play Store and Windows Phone Store that also feature these kind of Batman pictures, but they ...
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Can i use Soccer/football team names in my web, iphone and android apps? [duplicate]

If i don't use logos, player names, sponsors or any images can i use team names in a for profit app? The reason i mention these is that i have seen countless references to images and badges but not ...
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Can I get around a Pokemon copyright with new art and minor changes? [duplicate]

If I develop a game that is essentially pretty much Pokemon (you're a trainer, you catch "monsters" and put them to fight and level up etc), and I do the next things: I'm a trainer with a ...
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Using modified copyrighted music in non-commercial games

Background: I'm making a retro style game for both fun, and an unofficial contest. I have bought a song, song X. However, I then found notation for song X, and all the instruments. So basically, ...
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Is it OK to use player supplied music in my game?

Is it copyright infringement if I create a game based around music beats but allow the players to use their own mp3 files?
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Can I legally remove the default Unity splash screen by removing it from the APK?

While using Unity I export an Android game as an APK. When the APK is run, the first thing that is displayed is the Unity splash screen. I worked out that I could replaced that image by opening the ...
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Using “screenshots” in a game, is it allowed?

Lets say I have a game that is some kind of a quiz, and its questions are themed around gaming. For it to be interesting, I would need to make references to well-known games and game-related stuff. ...
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Pokemon Copyright Issues [duplicate]

I'm going to create a game that follows a similar concept as "Head's Up". It isn't exactly like it, but this app will demonstrate my point (I don't want to give away my idea out to the public). So ...
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iOS gaming with copyrighted characters? [closed]

Can I use animate characters in an iOS game if I do a citation in the credits. Ex Steven univers in a fighting game and I list Rebecca Sugar in the Credits or by the character bio.
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Can I use an asset that looks identical to another persons product?

A question on intellectual property law for anyone that's made game assets before. I'm considering making a commercial game, in this game there will be some assets that look identical to real life ...
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Demo (and real game) Protection

In a few months I plan to start showing off the (hopefully commercial) game I'm working on to the public (internet). The thing is, besides screenshots and a trailer (of say feature functionality), how ...
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Do I need to copyright my game before releasing it on the Android Play store?

I am developing a game on Android and I was wondering if I have to copyright it before putting it on the store (so no one can steal the idea)?
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Can I use sounds from UT2004?

What if I use some sounds from the game Unreal Tournament 2004? I can export them from .uax archives via UnrealED tool into .wav files. I could (and very would like to) import them into my game I am ...
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Making game textures from sample images - legal/copyright question [closed]

TL;DR version: Can I use samples from images online in a commercial game project? Hello, I have been learning to use blender and have gotten quite decent at making models and applying textures, but ...
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Can I incorporate a small fraction of a song into my iOS game?

I was wondering if I can use a small portion of a song without running into any copyright issues. I would give full credit to the artist as well.
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Can I use copyrighted images and music in my game? [duplicate]

I am working on my first ever project , and I have used some copyrighted images(images taken from some other well recognized games). Is it even possible that I edit the images a little bit and then ...
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Can I use the names or logos of real football teams in my game? [duplicate]

I am developing a football game and I want to know if it is legal to name teams after real football teams. What about their logos?
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I found a game with the same name as mine! What should I do?

I published my game Eyeroller on Google Play the other day. I checked there was no game on Google Play with the same name. But today I searched for "eyeroller" on Google (Yes, I should have done it a ...
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Same name and copyright / fanfiction question [duplicate]

OK, so this is still about a game... only a web-based browser game, in this case NationStates, a political/social role-playing game that's text/image-based, interactive fiction. It's a ...
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Can I make a “fan game” with characters of one game that already exists? [duplicate]

(I'm sorry about my english, I'm from Chile) Hi! I'm making a game based on Alone In The Dark, and the history would happen before the events on the game of PS1. However, I would like to make a game ...
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Copyright and patents on game design and names?

We all know that each game has elements from another game but when does one cross the line of copyright? I have a view particular questions about this since this "line" is very vague. While looking ...
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Is it legal to allow users to install replacement game data containing real-world personalities?

I'm thinking of developing a game for iOS which will ship with fake sports personality data. So, for argument sake, let's say fake football player names. On OS X and Windows games like this often ...
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Is permission needed to use a living famous person as a character in a game?

If I wanted to sell an iphone game in which you play as a famous person, would that require permission from the famous person?
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How does a developer ask for the rights to use a character?

What channels must a developer go through to ask for the rights to a character? I want to make a point and click adventure based on Freddy Krueger, and I know my chances are slim, but how do you even ...
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Is a programmer liable for copyright infringement in other people's mods to his games?

If a programmer (P) releases a game, and a modder (M) releases a game modification which includes copyrighted content, can P be held liable for the copyright infringement in the mod?
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Will I have copyright issues making a mobile game based on an anime?

I have been wanting to create a mobile game based on some of my favorite anime. I want to know if using character images and names from those anime (even after giving full copyright credits and ...
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When does a game idea cross the line between homage/parody to ripoff?

I'm not sure where this question belongs, but as it pertains to the development of a game idea, I figured I'd try to post it here. Recently I've been inspired to create a game based on another game ...
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It is possible to use Pokemon images in a game?

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 ...
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Is it legal to make a game out of a book? [closed]

I want to learn what legal constraints are on the copyrighted material. If I want to make a Quidditch (the fictional game in Harry Potter series) game, should I pay some kind of copyright to the ...
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What is a legal way to use music from registered authors in a game?

I have recently asked a question about music in games like Guitar Hero. I have found that that in Europe (at least) if I do want to use a track composed by a musician member of a royalty collecting ...
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License for a Breakout [duplicate]

This may not be an appropriate question for gamedev.stackexchange.com. I'd like to make a basic Breakout game with Unity. I'd also like to sell it on the Mac App Store, iOS App Store, Google's Play ...
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Rules to start and naming a game studio

I would like to know if there is any copyright related rules to name a game studio specially for android appstore. I searched at the U.S. Copyright Office website and found many matches for same ...
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Can I use a certain song in my credits as long as I credit the original author?

I am working on a commercial game and I'd like to use a certain song during the credit, because it would be very fitting for my particular game. I know using music that other people made in your game ...
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Copyright infringement in game title [duplicate]

I'm a wanna-be indie developer, and I am working on my first flash game. But, before I even start with the code, I want to know this: When determining the title of my game, how can I decide if it is ...
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Game mechanics based on similar game [duplicate]

I want to make an iOs game that is based on an online flash game. There will be quite some differences, but the game mechanics will be extremely similar. Do I have to worry about getting sued by the ...
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What do I need to do legally to protect my game with copyright?

I am in the process of writing a game and I'm wondering what the copyright laws about publishing this game are. I do not (for now) intend to make money from this. The beginning of my code contains a ...
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Can I use Nyancat for my game? [closed]

I tried to find the information regarding the copyright/ownership of the Nyancat but couldn't find anything concrete. Can I use Nyan as part of the name of my game? Can I use the Nyancat graphics ...
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Do I have to ask for permission to use real company logos for advertising props in the world in my sports game? [closed]

I'm making a simple turn-based Android ball flicking soccer game and I was thinking of creating a theme in a sports game, like soccer for example, usually had advertisement banner on walls and a bit ...