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Questions tagged [intellectual-property]

Any creative work or invention considered to be the property of its creator. Sometimes referred to as IP.

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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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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 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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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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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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What are the legal implications of creators streaming their development?

Is there any question of losing ownership of their work if people stream themselves coding? I can understand that streaming modeling, animations, and game design would be fine because even if you see ...
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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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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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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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Deferring royalties for assets until revenue is earned

I am developing a game and I want to use some assets that are available online for a fixed price, I want to sell my game and actually make money off of it. I have contacted the owners and they will ...
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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 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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What is the proper, legal way to make a derivative video game?

I want to make a game derived from an existing game. That game is owned by a live company. How do I go about contacting the rights owners correctly and negotiating for the rights to the content?
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Why is concept art not signed by the author?

I am a starting concept artist who would like to enter the gaming industry. I noticed that some AAA titles show their concept art with no artists signature (only a reference to game the game, such as ...
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Can I take pictures of things I own and use them in a game as art assets or is that an IP violation?

For example what if I take a picture of a Tonka truck, can I use that as an art asset? What if the toy is more generic?
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Safe to advertise without a trademark?

Alright, I'm currently thinking about registering my game with Steam's new Greenlight program. Only problem is I don't have a trademarked title yet and I read the government's registration process can ...
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Intellectual rights to game concepts

For a client I might be making a small puzzle game about getting a item out of a puzzle. The concept will strongly resemble this game : http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/355972089/...
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When should I talk to a lawyer about intellectual property for an indie team?

Let's say you have a team building a decent game and all is well technically and people-wise. You feel pretty sure you'll get to a product that can be sold. How does an indie studio (with good ...
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It is possible to use Pokemon images in a game? [duplicate]

Is it possible to use Pokemon images, names, elements in a game I would like to make? Are they still copyrighted, patented, would I get sued? (Maybe their rights have expired by now, is what I am ...
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Must know legal issues when releasing a game?

Alright, some day in the far future I would love to independently release my own game. My question is, what is the minimum amount of familiarity I need with copyright law, software patents, and other ...
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Copyrights and Usage of 3rd Party Intellectual Property

I develop a game for a mobile platform. I would like to implement a movie figure/creature/character/vehicle into the game. I wish to ask about Copyrights: Is it acceptable, if I implement famous ...
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A game community equivalent to IMDb Pro?

Is there one resource that tracks and lists games in development, similar to what IMDb Pro does for films in development? MobyGames is good for post-mortem, who did what, but what about a resource ...
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Legal and IP considerations with publishers and playable prototypes

I'm almost ready to send a playable prototype of a game to a publisher. I've never worked with publishers. What legal or intellectual property issues should I consider at this stage (if any)? In ...
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How closely can a game legally resemble another?

Most games build on other games' successes and many are downright clones. Where is the limit of imitation before legal issues come into play? Is it down to literary or graphic work like characters and ...