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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Legal status of games with similar titles [closed]

I've been working on a game for around a year and a half named Planetfall, in which you build a colony on a new planet. I've bee working on it with that title since before the announcement of Age of ...
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How do i protect my game assets as an individual? [duplicate]

For my first games, they will be well made, complete, but extremely simple, while i father enough funds to actually fund a game company. But because I plan on releasing quality content under {insert ...
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How do I get rights to an game? [duplicate]

I' looking to get rights to an game called Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS. I am a Nintendo 3DS Developer trying to make a remastered version for the Nintendo 3DS. How would I go ...
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Can I put a Creative Commons license on my game?

Title says all, I would like to publish my game under a Creative Commons license. What licenses can I use for a game if any?
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Make a game from a TV game show

I'm an indie developper and I'm planning to do a game based on a TV game show. I would like to know if I could have problems with the law if I do it. I know I should consult a lawyer but I can not ...
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Can I put real monuments like white house, statue of liberty in my open world game? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on open world game. But I am confused about one thing that, is it ok if I put real monuments and sculptures like white house, statue of liberty etc. in my game? Please help if ...
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Copyright laws on famous buildings and monuments in games?

I am working on a commercial card game based on the middle east. We would like to have famous buildings and monuments in the game, such as the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai. Are there laws that would prevent ...
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Can I remake a game I don't own any copyright to? [duplicate]

Can I remake a game I don't own any copyright to? There's a online browser game which I played 5 years ago. Some time ago, this game was shutdown because its developer went bankrupt. I want to re-...
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Public domain piece found on You Tube but recorded by someone else

I want to use a public domain piece found on YouTube but it was recorded in midi form by someone else. I only want sections of it, not the whole thing. Do I need permission?
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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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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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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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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 popular classical music as my game's soundtrack?

Can I use popular classical music in my game as a soundtrack? I'm concerned about copyright protection. I don't plan to make money off of my game. Will I break some law if I do that?
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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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Naming a weapon during game development: is using the actual model name in real life against copyright?

I was planning to name each weapon at the weapon shop and I was wondering if it is safe to use the real name of each weapon and model as well before publishing it via Google Play Store for my created ...
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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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Can I use a no longer protected by copyrights game's sprites?

I've been looking around but couldn't really find anything conclusive. First of all, as the title says, in case a game's copyrights expire can I use its sprites for my own game and claim copyrights? ...
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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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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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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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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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Using “screenshots” in a game, is it allowed?

Lets say I have a game that is some kind of a quiz, and its questions are themed around gaming. For it to be interesting, I would need to make references to well-known games and game-related stuff. ...
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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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Is it legal to copy a game's melody?

Is it legal to remake a videogame e.g. Team Fortress 2 theme song using 8bit style and use it in my own game? Basically, if I keep the melody exactly the same, but remake it from scratch, will I get ...
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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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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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Copyright notices on a web game portal

I notice that for several games on Kongregate, the copyright notice either uses the author's handle name (login name), the name of the group that produce it or a domain name. Are all those valid ...
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How to monetize and protect a engine's and its framework's copyrights and patents?

I created a game engine that handles: Rendering levels with 2d textured curved surfaces Collisions with curved surfaces Animationn paths on and navigation in 2d-sapce I have also made a framework ...
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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 ...