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 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 ...
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Can i use art from another videogame as base for my art? [duplicate]

For example: if I take the 3d models and textures from GTA: San Andreas and I modify them making better models and textures, can i use this new art to make a game with a different gameplay and sell it ...
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Can I include social networks' name and logo in game credits without incurring in legal issues?

I'm planning to release an alpha version of a video game I'm working on as a personal project. I'm also creating a "Credits" section, that is meant for me to give credit to used sources, and to other ...
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Can I legally use retro video game music in a quiz game?

I am considering making a video game music quiz game, where you guess the game that the music is taken from. For example from NES and SNES games. In that regard I was wondering if anyone know of any ...
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Are names of characters copyrighted? [closed]

I am not developing a game or creating game characters. What I am trying to do is give a name to the software that I am creating in my spare time. It seems there is a game character by the same name (...
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Can I use my self made piano version of a popular copyrighted song as my game background music?

I am making a game, the theme of the game is kind of romantic, and I, myself, have made a piano version of a modern pop song that would fit with that theme. The song in question is still under ...
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Who should be contacted to request permission, for commercial songs (and cost ballpark)

While playing to Fifa, it occurred to me that there is probably a license that EA pay to musicians to play their songs in their game. Does anyone know if there is a standard license for indie games, ...
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Whose name should I put next to my copyright notice? [closed]

I've seen other developers put their own names next to their copyright notice while others choose to put their studio name instead. I read that having a studio name could potentially protect me ...
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Pokemon formulas and copyrights? [duplicate]

I am developing a multiplayer RPG-like strategic combat game. If I use the formulas of Pokemon games in this game for damage calculation, does I risk any copyright issue ? What areas of the game is ...
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Is it legal to use the game mechanics of risk if I don't use their name? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing an idea for a conquest-style board game similar to Risk. I was wondering if I would be legally entitles to use some game mechanics that appear in that game so long as I don't ...
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When do I copyright a game? [closed]

I don't know how to copyright a video game idea. I don't know if I should make a game document and get that copyrighted first or make the game then copyright it. The main gist is.. I am lost.
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Is it legal to clone a character from other game? [duplicate]

Is it legal to make a character very similar/exact from other game? E.g. take characters from Team Fortress 2 game, remake them in pixel art and use it in my game, but just change their names(with an ...
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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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Can I use hawaii state in my game commercially? [duplicate]

I want to make game more realistic, for that I need a state . So, I decided to take hawaii state, as it can be seen through google maps with street view, 3d view and much more and will help me a lot ...
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Can I use New York City in my game?

I want to make game more realistic, for that I need a city. So, I decided to take New York City, as it can be seen through Google Maps with Street View, 3d view and much more and will help me a lot to ...
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Can I use the idea of grappling hook and wingsuit from just cause 3 and use it in my game?

I really liked the idea of grappling hook and wingsuit, and I am inspired by it.And I have already created the model,texture,animation,script which are required for it by myself.So,my simple question ...
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Are weapon names or pictures copyrighted/licensed?

Will I get a copyright strike or something if I use a picture of a weapon and the name of it? (e.g. a shop where you can buy guns, AK-47 with the pic)
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Questions on the legal protection of games and their parts (assets, sounds, title)

we started new pirate game, and I just want to ask some questions about rights. So I am new in game dev, I guess there are a lot of answers, but I guess professionals can advise something for first ...
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Are metal slug art assets free use?

I'm making a mobile game and I've gotten by with completely free art assets so far, but I have an explosion from metal slug. I love it and it's perfect, but I don't want to get sued. I've seen metal ...
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Is it ok to use copyrighted assets for educational purposes?

A friend and I were wanting to create a Pokemon battle simulator in our mobile development class as our final project but are worried whether or not it would be permissible under "Fair Use" for ...
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Is it possible to publish an app based on a board game? [duplicate]

Usually the boxes says "all rights reserved" and "registered trademark". What does it mean? Could others make an app with the game's name and mechanic? Is it possible to sell it, put banner ads or ...
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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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When are games legal to mod? [closed]

I'm just curious when and what games are legal to mod and what are the processes I must follow to keep the mod project from becoming illegal. To be specific i'm trying to do a side project while in ...
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How much a game can borrows from a franchise before becoming a fangame/infringing the copyright [duplicate]

Let's say you like the theme/world of a franchise, for example SpongeBob SquarePants, and you want to make it into maybe a business game where you hold an underwater restaurant. Make burgers, invent ...
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May I distribute a game engine that is based on textbook examples?

I have purchased several game programming books to start my journey as a game developer. One of them teaches its readers by building a game engine's parts in each chapter until finally you have a ...
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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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Can names of abilities or spells within a game be trademarked/copyright? [duplicate]

Okay, say I want to create an RPG similar to and takes inspiration from such games as Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls, Shin Megami Tensei, Pokemon, etc. and I would like to use familiar names in some ...
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Using old planes in video game; copyright?

So i'm developing a small video game for class and for reasons we need to stay away from copyright material. I was wondering if I would have to worry about old WW2 planes being considered copyright ...
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How do I determine if I'm allowed to use an asset from the web in my game?

I need to incorporate other people's work into my game project. I must admit (with a little embarassment) that I am almost completely ignorant about copyright. I only have a vague idea of what it is, ...
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How or when to add a copyright notice in published games?

I've seen lot of videogame title screens show a copyright notice together with the company name. I'm about to publish my game and I am looking for possibilities or requirements on how or when to add ...
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Are references to other games considered an infringement of copyright?

My team frequently reminisces about the games we grew up with in the 1990s, and we'd like to include references and Easter eggs that pay homage to this decade and that will invoke nostalgia or even ...
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Can i use Soccer/football team names in my web, iphone and android apps? [duplicate]

If i don't use logos, player names, sponsors or any images can i use team names in a for profit app? The reason i mention these is that i have seen countless references to images and badges but not ...
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Is it OK to use player supplied music in my game?

Is it copyright infringement if I create a game based around music beats but allow the players to use their own mp3 files?
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iOS gaming with copyrighted characters? [closed]

Can I use animate characters in an iOS game if I do a citation in the credits. Ex Steven univers in a fighting game and I list Rebecca Sugar in the Credits or by the character bio.
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Can I use an asset that looks identical to another persons product?

A question on intellectual property law for anyone that's made game assets before. I'm considering making a commercial game, in this game there will be some assets that look identical to real life ...
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Can I use sounds from UT2004?

What if I use some sounds from the game Unreal Tournament 2004? I can export them from .uax archives via UnrealED tool into .wav ...
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Can I incorporate a small fraction of a song into my iOS game?

I was wondering if I can use a small portion of a song without running into any copyright issues. I would give full credit to the artist as well.
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Do I need to copyright my game before releasing it on the Android Play store?

I am developing a game on Android and I was wondering if I have to copyright it before putting it on the store (so no one can steal the idea)?
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How do I avoid removal from Play Store due to copyright infringement?

I made a simple Batman puzzle game using some Batman posters from the internet. There are apps on Google Play Store and Windows Phone Store that also feature these kind of Batman pictures, but they ...
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Can I use copyrighted images and music in my game? [duplicate]

I am working on my first ever project , and I have used some copyrighted images(images taken from some other well recognized games). Is it even possible that I edit the images a little bit and then ...
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Can I use the names or logos of real football teams in my game? [duplicate]

I am developing a football game and I want to know if it is legal to name teams after real football teams. What about their logos?
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Same name and copyright / fanfiction question [duplicate]

OK, so this is still about a game... only a web-based browser game, in this case NationStates, a political/social role-playing game that's text/image-based, interactive fiction. It's a political/...
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I found a game with the same name as mine! What should I do?

I published my game Eyeroller on Google Play the other day. I checked there was no game on Google Play with the same name. But today I searched for "eyeroller" on Google (Yes, I should have done it a ...
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Can I make a “fan game” with characters of one game that already exists? [duplicate]

(I'm sorry about my english, I'm from Chile) Hi! I'm making a game based on Alone In The Dark, and the history would happen before the events on the game of PS1. However, I would like to make a game ...