Questions tagged [copyright]

Copyright is the legal right of the creator of a work to define how that work may be used and distributed.

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Can I use HL2 Assets in my free Godot game? [duplicate]

I couldn't find some good textures for my Godot game, so I am looking forward using Half-Life 2 assets. I have HL2 in my library on Steam. Can I use those assets in my game?
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Why can we use planes and military vehicles, but not other things?

Something sounds a little odd. It seems to me the status quo that if I wanted to put a real car or motorcycle into a video game, say a Toyota or a Ferrari, everyone would say that the default position ...
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Can I give vehicles its real names? (e.g. Skoda, Tatra) [duplicate]

I'm working on a simulator of old USSR transport. But my boss is telling me that I can't put real names on vehicles, but don't get me any proofs of it. I know that you can't put real human names and ...
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I see free asset being sold on another site. How and where do I complain? [closed]

We all know that there are many repositories and marketplaces for 3D models on the internet. The specific problem I have now is with this 3D asset for sale on a site. It was made for sale a short ...
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When to trademark my game/game company [duplicate]

I'm planning on building an online presence of a game I'm working on once it reaches a stage that would allow for creating marketing material (screenshots, trailers, etc). Should I trademark/...
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I followed a youtube timelapse video to make same 3d model in blender, Can I use this in my game?

I saw a youtube timelapse video about making a car 3d model, I liked it and followed the same, I design almost same looking model (90% same), Can I use this in my game? There is no license mentioned ...
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How do I use images with copyright in my game? [duplicate]

Our game requires to show images from movies, cartoon characters, etc. but we don't know how we can include them. We have seen that games like QuizUp and other guess the pic like games have images ...
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Is it legal to make a fan game but only publish the gameplay?

If I make a fan game that uses copyrighted material, sounds, dialogues etc. from other games but only ever upload the gameplay/walkthrough of the fangame to Youtube without publishing it anywhere else,...
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Now that Articles 17 & 11 have passed, what should indie developers do?

Since on the 26th of March 2019 the EU has voted in favor of Articles 17 (previously known as Article 13) and 11, what should an indie developer who is based in the EU do to setup a game and a website ...
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Can I legally use mechanics from a game that is removed from the store? [duplicate]

There was a mobile (android, ios) card game that I really liked playing. Last year, the game was removed from the store and noone were able to play it. The company is still up. That game had a really ...
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Is it legal to use a generic celebrity names in a card game?

Before tagging this as a duplicate to Legality of using names in a game?, please be aware that it is a more special case than that generic question So I am working on a card game similar to Cards ...
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Is it legal to imitate a game without publishing it

If you're developing a game that's very similar to a game that's already published, both the game mechanics and the graphics but you're not publishing it, instead you're keeping it in your own ...
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Where's the line between homage and copyright infringement?

My current WIP game contains a music note collectible mechanic which allows players to play short tunes if collected in the right order (usually very obvious by the layout of the collectibles). So far,...
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Game Idea/Style copyright [duplicate]

I develop software for a few years now and I now I want to start a Project I have thought about for a long time: Create a (more or less) clone of the very popular game Civilization V/VI. Of course, I ...
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Converting copyrighted song to 8 bit. Is it legal? [duplicate]

I would like to get a copyrighted song, convert into a 8 bit song and use it in my game. Is that legal?
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Does my companion app infringe copyrights? [closed]

I'm making an android app that is supposed to be just a companion app for a board game. Twilight Imperium 4 is the game, and it has a boatload of techs/actions cards/strategy cards with tons of text ...
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Can I use information from a science book and mention it in bibliography without copyright problems?

I'm making an educational game to study some science topics. I want the users to know that the information in my game is real. Can I use a science book and mention it in the bibliography? Of course I ...
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Extracting gamefiles from a game, modify it, then use it commercially, would it be illegal? [duplicate]

I kinda get a chance to extract gamefiles from the game fortnite(assets, sounds, etc), and then I want to use them for my animation, would that be illegal. If it is illegal, what if I alter the ...
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Is information about game assets copyrighted?

Let's say I extracted some assets from a closed source game. Am I allowed to publish information (something like a list of filenames, sizes, duration, dimensions...) about those assets?
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What are the legal considerations with using spritesheets? [duplicate]

If you google for sprites sheets, you'll find a lot of sprites sheets. As far as I can remember, industrial patents (the terms may not be the right ones I'm sorry), after 20 years, fall into public ...
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Copyright of concept? [duplicate]

There is a game that I really like to play when I was young. But there are some features that are not implemented that would be cool. How can I find copyright database from games editor ?
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Can I use Unreal assets store assets in other Engines?

Unreal recently released a lot of assets from their game Paragon for free; I like some of them but am not particularly fond of the Unreal Engine. Can I use those assets in another engine like Unity ...
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When I use a font in my game, do I have to include its license in the credits?

For example, if I use this font from Google Fonts: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Open+Sans This font is licensed under Apache License 2.0 But regardless of the license, if it allows commercial ...
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Can I publish the games I learnt from tutorials and modified as per my style of game-play? [duplicate]

I am new to the world of making games and all. Well its been a few months or so. There are many tutorials that I have been watching. On the way, I made a few games that I saw and made. I am not asking ...
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Is copying UI and layout of other apps legal?

I would like to develop an Android App for Google Play and I am going to use Facebook and Whatsapp UI as background of the game (as a back-story). I will use icons without copyright to emulate/...
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How can I protect myself and my game from users including copyrighted material in the content they submit? [duplicate]

For example there is a Warcraft III map with Tom & Jerry in it. The author clearly doesn't have the rights for it. How can I avoid getting into trouble for user-submitted content like this being ...
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Copyright/property rights to using the Certificate 18 movie logo on your game or artwork without permission?

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 ...
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Game title having 2 similar words with another game

Hello I'd like to get some advice because we're developing a game called "Dungeon Boss Fight" and we recently discovered that a game named "Dungeon Boss" is already available in mobile by Bigfish ...
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Using trademark or famous game characters for free (related to collaboration)?

Let's say, for example, I'm making an indie version of a Batman game using the signature DC character and my concept project of my own. It's like a fan base-project with some income earned. Then, ...
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Using non-copyrighted music for a paid game

I'm making a game. It will be sold and not free. Am I allowed to use non-copyrighted music in it?
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Unity remove logo in splash screen

Heavily related to this question, as of now, Unity's TOS has changed dramatically. And searching in the TOS, it looks like I'm allowed to remove the Unity logo in my exported game. Looking at Section ...
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What do I need to legally use copyrighted music in my game?

I asked the singer of a song I am using, and he agreed to me using his music, provided I credit him. Do I need anything else, such as an agreement or signature?
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Can I publish a game with a name similar to a videogame developer?

I'm currently developing a game and hoping to sell it in the future. Right now I'm about to make a facebook page and release a trailer, and I realised my game has a similar name to an already existing ...
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Is it okay to copy a game's formula? (damage, etc) [duplicate]

Is it okay to copy a game's formula? Formulas like damage formulas, taking the stats STR, DEX, INT, critical rate, etc. into account. Specifically I want to copy Ragnarok Online's damage calculation. ...
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How can I tell if I can use a song from YouTube in my game?

I am in the middle of creating a game and I'm confused about the copyright law for the following songs as I want to use them in my game. The Mexican anthem The American anthem And a mariachi song ...
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Is it legal to copy stats and abilities of characters from another game? [duplicate]

Is it legal to copy stats and abilities of characters from another game?.Please note that my game does have a similar gameplay to the game I am copying. My characters will look different of course.
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If I purchase game assets from an artist, should I ask them to explicitly sign over all rights to the art?

To cover all worst-case scenario legal bases, does a developer need any form of written communication from an artist confirming both the purchase of, and explicit transfer of all rights to, the art ...
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Tetris Copyright Issues? [duplicate]

I am making a Tetris clone with a new idea but I won't use the Tetris or Tetriminos name in the game I will refer to them as Tetrominos. Will there be copyright issues if I release this game? Does the ...
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Can I use copyrighted music in my video game, even though it's free to play?

I'm making a video game, and thought of making a boss theme, where I use an 8bit remix and the original instrumentals of the song Chop Suey. I'm already in contact with the 8bit versions creator, but ...
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Can I use Marvel characters in games?

I want to develop an android game containing Marvel or DC characters, and publish it to Google Play. Do Marvel or DC have copyright on their characters? If so, can that affect whether I can publish ...
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Can art syle proportions have copyright?

I like the art of a mobile game called Battleheart. Is it copyright infringement if I copy only the proportions of his characters? Obviously the clothes, style of the brush, and all the rest of the ...
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How to use 3D models in video games? (Copyright related)

There are many gray areas in using 3D models online that may be free, creative commons with specific terms, or public domain. I notice many 3D models being sold by artists that are exact replicas of ...
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How can I ensure free graphics are suitable for use in a game?

We want to program a small minigame where we need a lot of icons for all kind of things (like in "Alchemy"). We looked through some free vector graphics pages, like http://www.freepik.com/, but they ...
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Can I use models of real cars with logos removed to avoid copyright infringement?

My friends and I have recently started making a video game. We were going to make it an open world simulator, but can't figure out if using real cars with the real logos is copyright infringement. How ...
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is editing images violating copyrights [duplicate]

Lets say I want to build iOS quiz with guessing images, and want to guess pokemons. If I edit image like : is it violating copyrights?
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Am I allowed to use a real life celebrity in a game?

In previous questions many users asked whether or not an athlete can be used in a game. Yet the answer was no due to multiple copyright their images and names had. However anyone can use a politician'...
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Is a game based on a specific cellular automation a copyright infringement?

If one creates a game which is based on some cellular automation algorithm like Conway's Game of Life or Langton's Ants would that be a copyright infringement? Are such famous algorithms protected by ...
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How can I handle intellectual property violations in user-generated content?

I recently made a simulation game like Gamedev Tycoon where you are in charge of a game company and planning to release it on app stores soon. I have few questions about trademark and copyright laws,...
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Legally possible to re-create/remake an old game? [duplicate]

Recently I started remaking an old game on Unity. Basically I want to remake an old RPG that was released for Playstation 1. I'm not ripping anything from the old game, all the assets are being ...
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How “fake” do invented names of a football game have to be in order to avoid copyright infringement?

I know that real player names cannot be used in videogames unless the authorization (generally very expensive) has been given by the holders of the rights (players, teams etc.) as explained here and ...