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How to get licenses to use real world car in our game? [duplicate]

we are a small team working a large open world racing game, and we need to get licenses to use real world cars, but we don't know how. We also don't know if there are certain things that we need to do ...
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How should a musician get involved with games? [duplicate]

I have been making electronic music for about 12 years now. For the past 4 years I have been writing for TV shows and that's how I currently make my living. Although I am super familiar with the TV ...
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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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Launching free patch with real soccer players after releasing a game with fake soccer players [duplicate]

We are working on a soccer management game and currently I am using fake teams and fake players. As I understand, using real players and teams in a game costs is done legaly only by paying for it. ...
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I want to make a racing game.Can I have licensed cars without paying for licenses? [duplicate]

My idea was something similar to rFactor, but very easy to mod. There will be a step by step tutorial. If I or somebody from the developers make the mods and publish them, do I still need licensing? ...
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Are weapon names or pictures copyrighted/licensed?

Will I get a copyright strike or something if I use a picture of a weapon and the name of it? (e.g. a shop where you can buy guns, AK-47 with the pic)
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Can I use the graphics or music of an abandoned game in my game?

I was wondering that if a game has been officially closed by the owner can I use their graphics or music they used in their game?
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What happens if I make more than $100k with the free Unity license?

If an indie game developer makes more than $100,000 using the free version of Unity, what happens to the money that goes over $100k? How will Unity people come to know how much money they are making? ...
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Can I include a public domain book in my game?

Just for fun, I want to include a bookshelf in my game with a real book (or few) that you can actually read. Would I run into any legal trouble if I included an out of print book in the public domain,...
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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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Is DirectX free for commercial use?

This question isn't gamedev per se but it is definitely relevant. Still, if it's off-topic, please direct me to the proper SE page. This question has probably already come up many times but I'd like ...
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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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Unity Licensing

I'm sorry if this gets asked a lot but google gives up answers from back in 2008 and all sorts so could somebody please clear up a couple of questions for me please. I want to make 2D games in Unity,...
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How should I license my game so others may not distribute copies?

I've created a game and I'm unsure how to license it or what that means. I've heard of Creative Commons licenses. Should I use that? I want it so that people that download my game cannot remix or ...
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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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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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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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Licensing and commercial game development [closed]

I am thinking about developing my game and have a few questions. I am going to use these softwares and libraries : OpenGL, Visual Studio Express, GLFW. I have publishing and selling my game in plans. ...
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Alternatives to remove Unity splash screen after developing a game with the free version?

I developed a simple game using the free version of Unity. I want to understand how much it would cost me to remove the Unity Splash Screen to know if it's worth it. Right now Unity professional ...
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What events invalidate the Unity machine identification? [closed]

I bought a new solid state drive, cloned the old one to the new using CloneDrive, removed the old drive and booted. Everything went well, but when I tried to start Unity I got this popup: I am ...
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Can I use unlicensed art to develop and raise money for my game? [closed]

I've been developing a prototype for a game that has been made with art that I have neither paid for or asked for permission to use. Naturally once I move towards selling or distributing my ad-...
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If I released a game engine under GPL v3, can I specify what parts of their code can be released under their own license?

I have a few questions about what users of my engine could copyright in their own project. The way the engine would work would be that it would be a standalone program in Java that would load all of ...
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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 I still owe Epic royalties if I am not enrolled in the Unreal Engine subscription?

I have just started using Unreal Engine 4 and I have had a very good experience, though I have left the subscription now. I've made an Android game with it and I am planning to release it, but I have ...
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Who owns content which creation was outsourced?

What license or contract type is normally used by independent developers, when outsourcing game resources like graphics or sounds? Is there something like a template floating around? How much ...
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Can I use music I made in GarageBand or FL Studio in a commercial game? [closed]

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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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 http://en....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? [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 book'...
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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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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 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 android,...
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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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What revenue models can I use for a non-commercial game [closed]

I don't have any budget to buy commercial licenses but the libraries I use offer non-commercial free licenses. How far can I go in regard to monetizing my game without it being considered commercial ?...
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Do you need a license for weapon models?

When creating your own model for a weapon, say the M4 carbine, and using the model in your game. Do you need a license to use it commercially? I know that racing games like GT5 has a license for each ...
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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?