I am creating a game in c++ that will me multiplier and am going to post it on https://indiegamestand.com Here is one of the requirements "Must own the rights to distribute your game and to assign those rights to us (non-exclusively) for the purpose of selling here." If I compile my game as an .exe do I have that right? How can I make sure I retain it, and what can they do with the game if I give them that right?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Everything you wrote you own unless you formally transfer it to someone else (I am not a lawyer). However this isn't really a site for legal advice \$\endgroup\$ – Richard Tingle Feb 22 '15 at 17:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Their was a tag for publishing, so i thought it was relevent \$\endgroup\$ – Ryan Cobourn Feb 22 '15 at 17:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ I removed your DRM question as we don't do opinion based questions like that. \$\endgroup\$ – MichaelHouse Feb 22 '15 at 17:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ Please remember the comments are not for discussion. \$\endgroup\$ – MichaelHouse Feb 22 '15 at 18:42

You own the rights if you created it (source code and media content). As long as you don't have an existing contracts for work you create (sometimes tech companies will do this while you're employed with them, if the work is similar to the work you do there), what you create is yours. Also ensure the software and hardware you're using does not claim any rights to the content you're using them to create.

You can prove that you have the rights by showing evidence that you're the creator, with source code, notes, dated correspondence (emails talking about what you're working on maybe?), etc.

If you give them the right to sell it, they have the right to sell it. You're not giving them rights to the game, just rights to sell the game, and they're non-exclusive rights, so you can still sell it other places.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ In Spain, the LAW explicitly recognizes in the FIRST article, for any creator (this also would include music, graphics, poetry, novels, etc) that intellectual property belong to him. Also explicits that the author can "agree" to "lend" some rights and "sell" some others, BUT "authoring" is not "sellable". If you create it, then you are the author even if you give economic exploitation to another. The problem normally is to "demonstrate" you were the first. See this: noticias.juridicas.com/base_datos/Admin/… - article 1. \$\endgroup\$ – Xavi Montero Mar 3 '15 at 10:54

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