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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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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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How does one buy the rights for a game?

Let's take some old popular at a time but abandoned game: WorldRacing/HiOctane/Constructor/any other. Say I with a team want to revitalize said game and bring it to year 2011 without major changes and ...
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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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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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Where can I find fonts which I can distribute with an open source game?

I want to be able to release my game as open source, and I need to be able to distribute font files with my game. Where can I find fonts which I can use in this way, and what font licenses should I be ...
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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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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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Does using an licensed game engine prevent you from open sourcing a defunct work?

I'm curious as my previous company is asking us (people who developed the game) on what to do to the game since it's no longer financially viable. My suggestion was to open source it so people can ...
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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 ...
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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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What happens to a license if both the publisher and the developer are bankrupt?

Is one allowed to make a similar game or even a sequel which would usually require obtaining a license? Who keeps the license in the end, i.e. who is to be asked for permission in such cases?
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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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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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Free to use resources for 2d platformer Sprites [closed]

I've looked at a couple other questions about Sprites but most seem to apply to Isometric or RPG related sprites. So I'm wondering if there is a decent place for 2D side scrolling plat-former type ...
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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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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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Is it OK to release the source code for your own Xbox Live indie game?

Between not being sure how to phrase my question for Google and not being a lawyer, I thought it might be easier to ask you guys. Specifically, I want to know if it's OK to sell an Xbox Live indie ...
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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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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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What's the right way to re-use open source game assets?

This is a hypothetical question, but one I always wanted to know about. Suppose I wanted to create a game in the same fantasy style as Battle for Wesnoth. Having no arts skills myself, I could write ...
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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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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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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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Can I use music I made in GarageBand or FL Studio in a commercial game?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'Unblock' / 'Yellow Out' game questions

I would very much like to build a game that is known as 'Unblock' or 'Yellow Out'. It is a puzzle game in which the task is to move a car out of a parking space by moving other cars in certain ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Understanding the Microsoft Permissive License

I want to use certain parts of the Game State Management Example in a game I'm making, but I'm not sure how to do this legally. It says in the license that I'm supposed to include a copy of 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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Term for a game that used to cost money but is now a public license

What is the term for that? A game that used to cost money but is so old that it is now available for free (though not always open-sourced). Also, does anyone know where I can find a list of such ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...