Ok so I have been making a game recently just for fun and might be making it available for download. I have done it in the past with ERSB (or whatever it called) and they give the official age rating of the game

But I want to use the Certificate 18 movie logo that has been used for decades , on my games title screen. With some kind of tagline such as "This is not for kids!"

Is that legal? or is it in breach of any kind of law?

Sorry if this is off-topic, I did a search but can't find the answer anywhere. I figured you knowledgable beauties would know the answer!!

  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you mean this? \$\endgroup\$ – Vaillancourt Dec 11 '17 at 3:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't know whether it's legal, but I would advance that it's wrong. Why would you tag a game with something made for a movie? This seems deceiving for the customer. Also, keep in mind that these logos are attributed by government agencies, and thus depend on the region in which they're used. Using the official logo used in the UK will not mean a thing for players living in french Canada. \$\endgroup\$ – Vaillancourt Dec 11 '17 at 3:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ It was just for a visual affect, and a joke on the games landing page. It was not meant to look officical. But I see that it would would cause problems as described in pikalek's answer \$\endgroup\$ – Big T Larrity Dec 11 '17 at 13:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ My answer was targeting usage that could be mistaken as official application. I'm not addressing how to use / modify things in order to constitute parody application & that might be more relevant to your situation - if so, you might want to edit to clearly reflect that & re-open the question. \$\endgroup\$ – Pikalek Dec 11 '17 at 15:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks guys. But I decided against it for now. Perhaps I can just make a mock version one day. BTW I noticed one of my only boxed games, Red Dead Redemption on Xbox 360 has the 18 Certificate on my copy purchased here in the UK \$\endgroup\$ – Big T Larrity Dec 13 '17 at 13:59

Legally, the short answer is no, you cannot just use them. Using their labelling suggest that they have vetted & rated your product, which is presently not the case. They regulate usage their labeling in an attempt to achieve the following:

BBFC age ratings (text and symbols) are identifiable, understandable, trusted and consistent in their application and meaning.

Using them allows viewers to make safe, informed decisions about the content they choose for themselves and their family.

In order for them to retain their value to the public, BBFC age ratings must be used in a consistent and correct fashion.

Additionally, their classification guidelines state:

With a few limited exceptions we do not classify video games.

Details of how and where BBFC symbols can be used are covered in their licensing agreement; if you want to get into particulars about it, you should either read through with a lawyer &/or contact them as described on their other uses page.

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