# Can copying assets be legal if I'm not intending to make money? [duplicate]

I very recently started going through game development tutorials and I was thinking of trying to mimic a game I know as closely as possibly just to see if I can do it as a first project.

I wouldn't at all be wanting to sell this game but would I be able to show this in some kind of online portfolio so long as I mention that none of the assets are mine and give credits to the relevant companies/people?

• Please notice, that if someone answers to you, It might not be lawyer nor anykind of law practicer. From what I understand, art of the games are copyrighted and you cannot use them unless you have granted permission to do so. Someone has paid money to get certain assets to their game and might not be pleased, if someone is using them on their own. – Katu Feb 13 '16 at 13:18
• Why copy copyrighted art assets when there are sites like opengameart.org which provide free resources under a multitude of freeware compatible licenses? Most just require you to put the artists name in the credits. – Exilyth Feb 19 '16 at 14:52

It depends on the license under which the assets have been released. Most of the time you just put "xxx asset is being used under YYY License" and refer to the source. Typically when you download assets from an online source there will be LICENSE.txt attached. If there is no such file, next thing would be to contact the person who did the tutorials. If all of the above fails, considering these assets have been used in the tutorial to be followed and recreated, your approach should be fine. (Please note that this answer is not legal advice)