I am considering making a video game music quiz game, where you guess the game that the music is taken from. For example from NES and SNES games.
In that regard I was wondering if anyone know of any legal issues this might have. Could I for example limit the music playback to 'X' seconds without any legal repercussions?
Seeing that these are really old games, who actually owns the licenses to the music now? For example for games made by developers that no longer exist?
Also, if I would provide screenshots from the games in question, would that be a legal issue as well?
My thoughts was not to copy gameplay elements from the games, but to create a game consisting of a quiz on music from other games. So the games wont be similar to the games that the music is from at all.
Examples of this type of game:
- Can you name the video games from clips of music from their soundtracks?
- Sampla - The Video Game Music Quiz
- Were you a nineties gamer
- NES music quiz
If using the music from other games is a violation, are these games violating the copyright?