Deals with legal permission to use/represent a specific entity. It can reference the appearance of a brand or software related permissions.

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GPL Game Engine - What needs to be released under GPL?

I'm hoping I can clarify this issue. Note, a similar question has been asked here, but it doesn't really give a specific enough answer that I can comprehend at this point! :- How does one escape the ...
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Do you need a license for US military badges, awards, decorations?

We would like to use in our game names and images of real US military badges, awards and decoration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awards_and_decorations_of_the_United_States_military ...
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How can I ensure my game complies with all asset/source licenses when preparing it for distribution?

I put together a 3D space scene demo, but I bought some models from turbosquid and using the jmonkey engine I must comply with BSD licence (jmonkeyengine) and also package the models, but I don't ...
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Can I use a song from a YouTube remix in my game?

If I found a video with a remake/remix/version of a commercial song (for example, the theme of Super Mario Bros) with a CC BY licence, I can take this video for a commercial purpose like the ...
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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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How to prevent that a MMORPG dies when the provider ceases to provide hosting? [closed]

Most MMORPG providers have to discontinue their service some day. From then on, people can’t play the game anymore. Some communities might set up (reverse-engineered) server emulators (freeshards), ...
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Selling Game Apps Online Condition: Export Law

Is it legal to publish and sell Android game apps powered by Unity 3D, regardless if it is a paid app or free app? I found on this terms and conditions or agreements, no. 11 on export law. Is there ...
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What is the license you need to publish to Xbox 360 from Unity3D?

I have a license for deploying and releasing games using XNA. What is the license I need to deploy and publish games using Unity3D, and how do I get it? I have found very little and unclear ...
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How much does it cost to license vehicles for a racing game? [closed]

I've looked and looked, and even contacted some companies but I never got anywhere. Does anyone know? I just need to see if I can do it financially.
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Combining assets with different licenses

Is it OK to mix assets that are Creative Commons 3.0 BY-SA with other assets that are in the Public Domain in the same project? Thanks. For instance here.
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Soccer Game only with National Team names (country names) what about player names? [duplicate]

Ok...this question hasn't been asked before, its very similar to some, but here's the difference: I am making a soccer/football simulator game, that only has national teams (with no official logos) ...
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Can I use the free version of Construct 2 on Gamejolt?

According to Scirra's website, I am not permitted to use the free version of Construct 2 for commercial purposes. If I host a game I created with the free version of Construct 2 on Gamejolt where I ...
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Is it legal to make a game out of a book?

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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Can I use Playstation controller button icons in my game?

I'm currently working on a game that will be released on PC with controller support, and I'm trying to find a way on how to best represent controller icons within the game. I'm assuming I can't ...
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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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What do I need to get an independent developer license for CryENGINE 3?

I have searched Google and CryEngine forums and I can't seem to get a solid answer to this question. I have seen threads where developers are complaining that they can't sell their game because they ...
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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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How not to break licence laws? [closed]

I have an idea for a game. Also I have almost everything worked out considering coding. What interests me the most is how can I know if that game can be published. As it would be for iOS and ...
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Using real football (soccer) names from the past?

Is it legal to use really old names in a manager style game? It there an expiration on name license rights?
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Car licensing if real cars appear in FMV cutscenes? [duplicate]

We are doing 2D game which will feature Full Motion Video for cutscenes in between the levels. Game is car oriented, although its not a racing game but it will feature some of the driving in it, and ...
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Licensing of programs my Problem [closed]

I am to create a game / program but my problem is about licensing which are: My IDE codeblock & Dev-C++ does NOT allow my created program to be release as closed-source. I want to create a ...
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Kinect for Windows Commercial License

Kinect for Windows SDK 1.6 is available for users to download. What I enquire is: Can I publish a commercial game with it? Do I have to apply for anything? I've searched through the Microsoft's ...
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License for a casino game with virtual money (chips)

Do I need a specific license for operating a casino game (lets say poker Hold'em or video slots) that players are supposed to play with virtual money (chips) only? I am speaking about games like Zynga ...
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Can you use well known buildings in your game?

Is it legal to reference a real city in your game and use the same architecture of well known shops and buildings? For example, I'm sure you can't create an exact 3D model of McDonalds, put it in ...
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hidden cost while deploying game with unity3d

I just started learning unity3d. I created a small 2d game, I want to host for windows, iphone, ipad, android, windows 8, xbox and even in websites. I created it using free unity3d editor. Now I want ...
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How free is BSD / CC-BY usage?

I looked at blendswap.com where there are models that I want to make walk along a wall in this level. AFAIK I can take this file and sell it or did I misunderstand licensing?
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Where can I buy freely redistributable (creative commons) game assets? [closed]

I'd like to know about any 3D asset shops out there that specialize in game assets and, most importantly, license their assets under an open license like Creative Commons or similarly permissive. We ...
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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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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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UDK license (DLLBind)

I dont understand part of UDK's license about DLLBind: does it allow to use DLLBind in UDK projects? Could I use DLLBind for commercial games without buying c++/native license?
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How to monetize and protect a engine's and its framework's copyrights and patents?

I created a game engine that handles: Rendering levels with 2d textured curved surfaces Collisions with curved surfaces Animationn paths on and navigation in 2d-sapce I have also made a framework ...
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Is an in-app purchase required to unlock game in order to bypass pirating acceptable?

I'm considering writing a mobile game and looking at distribution. The game will have a server requirement, which means I will have to pay for bandwidth, hosting, processor time, etc. Because of ...
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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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Which software licenses cover my needs?

I want to license my game to protect my intellectual property, but also want to open-source, and sell it. Which licenses will allow me to do this? I'm not a legal expert, and I have no experience as ...
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How does one escape the GPL?

DISCLAIMER I don't pretend to know anything about licensing. In fact, everything I say below may be completely false! Backstory: Recently, I've been looking for a decent game engine, and I think ...
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Can I use the ENet library in a commercial game?

I have some problems understanding ENet's license. It's not the zlib license as far as I know, but it seems like it's not GPL either. I'm not a native English speaker and I can't understand what the ...
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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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Open Source HTML/JS game(s) with license that would allow embedding in my app? [closed]

I'm working on an educational app for kids. At the end of the sign-up process, the kids must wait for a confirmation from their parents in order to gain access to the app. While they wait for this to ...
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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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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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Cost to licence characters or ships for a game

I am producing a game pitch document for a university game design class, and I am looking for examples of licencing cost for using characters or ships from other IP holders in a game. For example: ...
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Lighting-Reflectance Models & Licensing Issues

Generally, or specifically, is there any licensing issue with using any of the well known lighting/reflectance models (i.e. the BRDFs or other distribution or approximation functions): Phong, ...
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Choice of open source license for some components, closed source for others

G'day, I am working on a set of multiplayer games, where different games play against each other (e.g. you play a Tetris clone, I play an Asteroids clone, but we are both competing against each ...
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What is the best way to handle “Fangame” licensing?

( I understand that this is a subjective question. My goal is obtaining some personal feedback from other game designers ) I wish to develop a digital version of an existing board game. What would be ...
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What is a fair price to pay for music licensing for a commercial game?

What is a fair price range for already existing (not custom-made) music if it's intended for a commercial game? The music I have in mind is relatively unknown (independent music) and I'm already in ...
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Am I allowed to make my Minecraft clone open source?

I'm developing in my spare time a game like Minecraft. In fact, it isn't "like Minecraft", because I'm trying to make it a close as possible copy of it (meant as exercise for myself at the age of 16 ...
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Licence to use RPG systems like Pathfinder

I am sketching out my 2012 programming project, and Im planning to make a classic fantasy RPG game. The world design, plots, characters and all that I can make, but being a avid tabletop role-player, ...
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Is it legal to develop a game using D&D rules?

For a while now I've been thinking about trying my hand at creating a game similar in spirit and execution to Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale and offshoots. I'd rather not face the full bulk of work in ...
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Does using Creative Common data in a GPL game mean the code must be CC-BY-SA?

Let's assume we have a game where the code is GPL-licensed, and all the resources (like music, textures, etc.) are licensed under the CC-BY-SA license. Now, the first issue would be that the GPL is ...