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I am not a lawyer, so do not take this as legal advise. When you want to undertake this project, consult a lawyer who knows about your local copyright laws. But according to my layman's knowledge of copyright, that would most definitely be a copyright violation. When the piece of media is long enough to recognize it, it is long enough to sue about it. The ...


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Yes, you can face legal issues. You should talk to a lawyer to review the specific details of your specific scenario, but the assets in The Sims 2 are protected by copyright, and some (such as those relating to product or brand identification) may further be covered by trademark as well. Copyright, in particular, is the right of an author of a work to ...


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From the USPTO: A patent cannot be obtained upon a mere idea or suggestion...A complete description of the actual machine or other subject matter for which a patent is sought is required. So no, the "idea" of "localization by external files" is not something a patent can be granted for. However, a specific process for localization via external files ...


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Usually you are permitted to do this, provided you comply with the guidelines set forth by the owner of the relevant trademark or copyright. But you'll generally need to look up the specifics for each logo or name you want to use. While there are commonalities in how most companies will permit you to use their logos ("don't change it, just use it to link to ...


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A patent is invalid when whatever it does has already been done by a different product before the patent was handed in. This is called prior art. This patent is from 2008. What you describe (loading localization from external files) has already been done by GNU gettext, first released in 1995. So when that would be the claim the patent covers, it would be ...


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The patent refers to the specific library they have developed to solve this problem not the idea of having such a system. You literally cant patent a idea. So if you code your own localization and don't steal that specific code you are good to go. I personally made a simple system that read a google doc, downloads it into XML form and then replace a bunch of ...



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