As a business, game development is fraught with legal concerns and issues, especially on copyright, terms of service, and licensing fronts.

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Which Open Source Licenses can address concerns for an Open Source Game Engine?

I am on a team that is looking to open source an engine we are building. It's intended as an engine for Online RPG style games. We're writing it to work on both desktops and android platforms. I've ...
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Basing a game on WW2 unit, am I allowed to use the Unit name? [closed]

I'm looking into making a Twin Stick Shooter based on a Unit from WW2, would I be allowed to use the Unit name, without getting into any legal issues?
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Process of getting DEJUS rating (Brazil)?

I would like to get DEJUS rating for my HTML5 game on the Firefox Marketplace, so that I can tell Mozilla to make the game available to users in Brazil. I want the game to be rated as: Livre (general) ...
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Cloning a Game - Dev diary while using original assets

I'm currently cloning a game and still using the sound and graphic assets of the original. I know that I may not distribute those assets but what about publishing a video of my progress as part of a ...
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How do I protect my game's IP?

I have developed a game and I'm not sure what the best way to protect it is. Any information would be appreciated. The game works a lot like darts same strategy but with a different board and ...
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Legal considerations when starting a game development team

I am about to start a project with two other developers and an artist, who I still haven't found. I'm not sure how exactly should we handle that from a legal perspective, though. Are we supposed to ...
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Farseer Physics Engine and the Ms-PL License [closed]

Am I able to produce code for a game which uses the Farseer engine and release my code under an open source license other than the Ms-PL? My concern is with the following section from the license: ...
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Is there a way to legally create a game mod? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How closely can a game resemble another game without legal problems Some questions about it: If I create a funny version of a copyrighted game and sell it (crediting ...
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Can I use remade sprites in my game? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How closely can a game resemble another game without legal problems Can I use remade sprites in my game? I am making a game and I used some sprites, but I didn't copy ...
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Legal concerns with orchestrating a music submission contest

My team and I are getting pretty far along in the development of our latest game and have been thinking about audio. We decided to host an audio submission contest where we will offer a little cash ...
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How is an HTML5 game sold?

(I know this site doesn't give legal advice, but what I'm dealing here with isn't anything serious at all. Also, I apologize to JP for being annoying over this.) Someone found a game I made on the ...
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Can I name a team with the name of their city to avoid trademark issues?

I was wondering, if you want to make a NBA game on smartphones, without the license held by EA, the first solution seems to name your teams with a different name, such as "Chicragro Brulls" (this is ...
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Legality of AngelCode's BMFont

Is it legal to use a bitmapped version of a proprietary font (such as Arial) in a commercial app? I'm using AngelCode's BMFont to generate a bitmapped version of a few various system installed fonts ...
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Free texture sites – is it safe to use their content

There are multiple free texture sites, like: texturemate.com or plaintextures.com. I am wondering how safe it is to use their content? I imagine that the texture could be withdrawed from the site, ...
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Am I allowed to release an app I developed with Xcode on windows?

I want to develop an app for the iOS app store, but don't want to invest in a mac since they start very expensive. So I considered running Xcode via VMware using OSX Lion on my windows 7 computer. ...
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Are there any good ways to know if a resource is patented trademark or illegal to use?

This is something that I worried about for a long time. While making games, it is hard to tell for sure if any of the resources are copyrighted unless a person is clearly aware that they are to a like ...
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To what extent it is legal to declare support of third party commercial products' assets?

Is it legal to say that MyGame supports other (specific) games' textures, sounds and models? I'd like to get involved into an open source game project and implement support for Quake's weapon models ...
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Should I develop the game first or get NDA?

So I have been working on my game for a while now. And I now I have other people contributing to the project. I fear that someone will tell their friends and/or family then my 'great' idea is lost. ...
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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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Do I need to obtain a license to use real car brands in a game?

We are small team which working on car racing game but we don't know about licensing process for branded cars like Nissan, Lamborghini, Chevrolet and etc. Do we need to buy any licence for using ...
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Is it legal to use the name of an existing game?

I'm planning on creating an iPhone game titled "Guess Who!". I know there is already a board game with the same title (linked here) so I'm wondering it is legal for me to use this title for my game. ...
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Alternatives to the GPL

I made a game, and I am currently making a game engine. I want them both to be completely free and open source. What license should I choose? I was reading a bit on GPL, but that seems to be more ...
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Using Copyrighted Images

I was thinking about developing a sidescrolling platformer very similar to an old Mario and Luigi game for NES. To start out I was thinking about taking the images from a site like this: ...
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Do I need to use the Kinect SDK to develop for Xbox?

I was wondering if I need to use the Kinect SDK from Microsoft to develop games for the Xbox 360. I know there are other libraries such as OpenNI and OpenGL, but can I develop games using Kinect for ...
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Where can I find affordable legal advice for game software related inquiries?

I am working on simulation middleware which is applicable for game engine implementations. What I would like to do is to make it freely available for use for all non-commercial purposes, while at ...
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Making a clone of Starcraft legal?

My question is similar to a previous question. Consider the following clone of Starcraft: Change the artwork, sound, music, change the names of units. However, leave the unit hit points unchanged, ...
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What legal matters do I need to consider when releasing an MMO?

Let's say I've finished programming an indie MMO game similiar to Tibia. I've got: a stable server application ready to launch; a tested, bug-free, working client application ready to play; the ...
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Can I run into legal issues with random names?

I'm currently building a game whose NPC's are going to be assigned a random gender and a random name for the right gender. To do this I will be using a "database" of names (actually a text file with ...
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Is using the student version of 3DS Max and Unity3d legal?

I am developing an indie game together with my friend using Unity3D engine. I bought "Silo 3D" for modeling two month ago and for texturing I use 3D coat. We plan to sell our game in the future. For ...
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If I make a 3d model in a .fbx format, do I owe any royalties/fees to autodesk for using fbx files in Unity?

I'm currently making a game where every format for every asset is either opensource/freeformat, or requires no license fees to use. I've pretty much settled happily on .ogg for audio, vorbis/webm for ...
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Where can I Find Free TOS or Privacy Policy Templates?

I've come to the point in development where I think I should take care of some of the "cover my butt" things. In particular, I'm looking for free samples or templates for "terms of service/use" and ...
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Implementing an existing (but out of print) game electronically

One of my favorite games is the old Avalon Hill class, PanzerBlitz. I would like to implement it electronically, and have a couple questions related to that: Would I be in legal trouble if I do ...
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Purchasing a TV show adaptation rights, how does it work? [closed]

Basically, I was thinking about a game based on a TV show, just for fun, and ended up thinking "well, it's not like it can be made anyway". Or can it? In the present situation, developing a game by ...
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Legal issues around using real players names and team emblems in an open source game

I'm writing a sports management simulation game. Like most sport management games, it makes heavy use of statistics. I would like to use real players, teams and league names. i) Am I running the risk ...
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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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Can I use music I made in GarageBand or FL Studio in a commercial game? [on hold]

I'm a beginning developer and I'd like to make music for my game. I've searched this question on the site, and when it comes to music in games, I see many people suggesting programs like FL Studio, ...
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Are fonts covered by copyright?

I want to use the font Trajan Pro, but I'm not sure that it would be legal. I've read a bit on fonts and copyright, and the only thing I could get was it depends on the license and where it was ...
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Intellectual rights to game concepts

For a client I might be making a small puzzle game about getting a item out of a puzzle. The concept will strongly resemble this game : ...
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Is this feature copyright infringment? [closed]

Say there is a card game and they have a feature that allows setting join requirement when hosting a game. These are: Only people I like, No one I Dislike, Invite Only, Everyone. If I created a card ...
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Will my “Block Buster” game infringe on the Blockbuster (movie rental) trademark?

I'm developing a small puzzle game called "Block Buster" and I was wondering if there will be any collision with already existing "Blockbuster" (movie rental company) registered trademark. Does the ...
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Could I make my own pokemon game without running into a copyright issue?

I've always wanted to make a video game that criticises pokemon. I want to know if I could use pokemon as the characters in the game without running into copy right laws. The game itself will have ...
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How legal would it be to use some elements of the Half Life universe in my non comercial, indie game?

I'm planning to make a simple, HTML5 game, that would use some elements of the Half Life universe. Basically, it would be a 2D Portal clone, but it would have it's own story, and portals would be ...
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Legal Lego game

As Lego (the old blocks not the 'new' hi-teck stuff) are now in the public domain, can I make a game where the graphics are made out of lego blocks? Well, I can, but is it legal?
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Can I legally sell an XNA game made with Visual C# Express Edition?

I've dowloaded Visual C# Express Edition and when it starts up it says "for evaluation purposes only." What does this mean? Does this mean I have to buy the full version to legally sell my game I ...
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Can I use the Minecraft avatar in my game as long as I texture it differently?

I'm creating a block-based game and am ready to start developing the avatar. I would like to use the Minecraft avatar model but use my own higher resolution texture. Can I do this or will I be ...
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Can I use popular classical music as my game's soundtrack?

Can I use popular classical music in my game as a soundtrack? I'm concerned about copyright protection. I don't plan to make money off of my game. Will I break some law if I do that?
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Will there be legal issues in using cracked assets for internal development?

While the artwork for my game is being finished, can I use cracked assets for internal prototyping or testing? I am not going publish anywhere outside my company. Does it attract any legal issues? By ...
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What to consider legally when cloning an old game? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How closely can a game resemble another game without legal problems I'm going to make a game in the form of a 100% free Android phone app that will be basically a clone ...
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Does it require any license to use soccer players and teams names in a paid or free game?

I would like to know if any license is required to use Fifa registered team names and player names in paid or free games (e.g. Spanish League teams, Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo names etc). I'm currently ...
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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 ...