Not sure if this is off topic, but I have a problem. I'm making buttons for my own controller in my Game. For example, the attached images will appear to indicate the player to press the A or B Buttons. The image resembles Xbox Controller Buttons. So, is it legit to use them as Buttons of my own Custom Controller?A Button Iconenter image description here

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    \$\begingroup\$ I think this is more of a law question than a question regarding game development. And this it's better asked in the Law Stack Exchange \$\endgroup\$
    – Steven
    Feb 12, 2019 at 7:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think that as long as you don't "steal" the images from someone without permission and you don't include xbox's logo anywhere, you should be totally fine. again, i'm not a layer or law expert, so you might want to ask on LawSE. \$\endgroup\$
    – user115399
    Feb 12, 2019 at 7:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sure one would say that they remind them of XboX's buttons, but the letters are not the same (in XboX A is green and X is blue, while B is red), and I can't picture a company having the copyright of a "green button with letter". Having said that, I'm not a lawyer, but if you are indeed not trying to copy another company's work, you can just make your button's original, and that should be enough. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 12, 2019 at 8:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ I suggest you read carefully their help center before posting there. \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt
    Feb 12, 2019 at 12:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ Also note that even law.stackexchange is still just "someone on the internet"; you have basically got no way whatsoever to confirm the credentials of any random Joe-on-the-internet who says either "yes" or "no" to such a question. So if your question is "will I get my ass sued off me if I do this" you really need professional, accredited and competent legal advice; random and otherwise unknown people on the internet don't cut it. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 12, 2019 at 16:33

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There are official Xbox 360 button and controller images available under the Microsoft Permissive License. They were originally released for use by XNA Game Studio titles, but you are free to use them by the license without XNA Game Studio.

You can find the original downloads still available from a XNA Game Studio archive site:

Xbox Common Controller Images

Xbox Common Controller Button images

I have the button artwork arranged in a sprite sheet you can use as well from here under the MIT license--Microsoft legal recommends we release content under MIT instead of MS-PL these days.

Xbox 360 buttons

At the moment, there's no Xbox One generation controller artwork available under a public license.


Apart from legal issues, the colors you chose are just plain confusing. On a first party controller (which most people use) A is green, B is red, X is blue and Y is yellow. These make sense based on the most common uses for these. A is generally used for confirming actions, B is for "back" or "no", etc.

Making the button colors differ from what's in front of you is the same as if I put basic quiz questions in front of you. What's the color of the text on this image? enter image description here


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