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As a business, game development is fraught with legal concerns and issues, especially on copyright, terms of service, and licensing fronts.

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What resources can I use to determine if the name of my game violates any copyrights or trademarks?

I'm a indie/hobbyist game developer. How do I check that I'm not infringing any copyrights or trademarks when I release my game? I'm not making megabucks so it's not financially feasible to get ...
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Is It Okay To Use Real Designs In My 2D Game? [Cars and Weapons] [duplicate]

I am making a 2D mobile game that includes cars and weapons (like GTA let's say). I am using real car and weapons designs to make 2D images, however, I use made-up names for the both cars and the ...
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My game got stolen, what do I do?

I recently released my first game on the Google Play Store (yay!), and a few days later I found my game had been reuploaded to two different shady-looking sites (Softonic and Fibonapps). Needless to ...
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Using a particular font in a commercial game

I'm working on a game I intend to sell, and I want to use this font. The license says: "You may NOT copy or distribute the font outside of the licensed household, company, school or institution. ...
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Should I get an official content rating, like from the ESRB, or just rate my game myself?

I'm developing a game out of my garage basically with the intention of selling it on my own website and hopefully on Steam, and I've been wondering if I should try to get it rated by an official ...
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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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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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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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How do I publish to Google Play if I'm under 18?

I've finished my first Unity and want to release it on the Google Play store but can't because I am under 18. The main issue is that Google Wallet requires you to be over 18. How could I work around ...
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Can I sample audio sources from others without asking?

As the title says, would it be considered legal if I take a part of an audio source (any media like music, dialog, video, etc.) to use in a project, whether it is for commercial or non-commercial ...
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How can I open source my Unity project when I use third party assets?

I know you are not allowed to open source a Unity project that contains asset store items that are either paid or under the default license. I am just wondering if there's any way to make my git ...
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Is it ok to remake a 2D game into first person and then releasing it for free? [duplicate]

I saw a video online where someone made a first person version of flappy bird, so I was wondering... If I were to remake a 2D game into a 3D game and change the perspective to first person, and then ...
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Is it legal to develop a game using software which is unavailable in my region due to legal reasons?

I was wondering: what would happen if I published a game while the software I used is not available in my area? I was planning to make a game using Unity Personal, and it just happened that it's not ...
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Why is account sharing so bad?

In games where you have to use an account to sign in or otherwise authenticate yourself (e.g MMO games), it is often prohibited to share your account with other people. For example in the World of ...
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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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Will my “Block Buster” game infringe on the Blockbuster (movie rental) trademark?

I'm developing a small puzzle game called "Block Buster" and I was wondering if there will be any collision with already existing "Blockbuster" (movie rental company) registered trademark. Does the ...
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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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How to handle a Google Play game's privacy policy

I am trying to release a mobile game (insert obligatory sellout statement for Chunk of Space) on Google Play, and I'm worried about their privacy policy system. Basically, if you mark your game as "...
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If a game is made for Windows or MacOS, and sold for profit, is Microsoft or Apple entitled to royalties, even if it's sold on a different website?

I.e. sold on some website some game developer made, and NOT sold on Apple Store or Microsoft Store. 2) Also, for any game made and sold for their platform, does Apple or Microsoft look at the game/...
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Is using Warehouse3D models in your game allowed? [duplicate]

I know there's a question like this already here, but it's been closed and was asked 6 years ago. It doesn't really offer much help. I was wondering if anyone has used models from 3D Warehouse in ...
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Should I develop the game first or get NDA?

So I have been working on my game for a while now. And I now I have other people contributing to the project. I fear that someone will tell their friends and/or family then my 'great' idea is lost. ...
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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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Could I get in to trouble for “rickrolling” users in my commercial game?

Not sure if this question is too stupid but, theoretically speaking... Could you get into trouble for using something like Application.OpenURL in a commercial game to rickroll a player or would that ...
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Can free Unity Store assets be used in non-Unity games?

Does Unity Store allow to use assets listed as free in games built without the use of Unity engine? It's a pretty big place for free assets and I wonder if this isn't against the Unity Store's usage ...
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What models am I allowed use when selling my game?

I have purchased models through Daz3D, and I have downloaded a lot, for free. The 3D models were downloaded as .MMD or .FBX. ...
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Can I use fonts under C:\Windows\Fonts for text in my game?

I'm using Unreal Engine and their UMG system which comes with only one font by default ("Roboto"). The engine allows importing new fonts so I'm wondering whether I can use the fonts already available ...
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What legalese is required in a game installer?

So I've seen a lot of installers, and on almost (if not every one, I don't keep track), all of them, there is a EULA, and specific items that are seen on all installers. However, I'm going to be ...
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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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Am I allowed to sell a XNA game by myself?

I've just started the development of an XNA game, and I'm asking myself if it wouldn't be better to use an open-source alternative since I absolutely want to keep the complete control over my game. I ...
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Licensing classic (vintage) car models for game

I know that I cannot use real car models in a game without permission. However, I am interested in a classic (vintage) cars from era before 1950. Some of the companies no longer exist, or were bought ...
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Can I sell a game made with OpenGL?

I love creating games, and I've always made games using OpenGL and not with game engines such as Unity or Unreal. Can I legally sell the games I made with OpenGL?
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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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Is it legal to sell or monetize games created with the Unity 3D free edition?

Is it okay to use Unity 3D programming and gaming software to create mobile game apps for Android and iOS? I am using a free version of Unity 3D and planning it to sell my current game app I've ...
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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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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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Implementing an existing (but out of print) game electronically

One of my favorite games is the old Avalon Hill class, PanzerBlitz. I would like to implement it electronically, and have a couple questions related to that: Would I be in legal trouble if I do this?...
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Is it legal to use formulas from a professional game?

The Pokémon series uses a total of 5 different formulas to determine how much experience is required to get to the next level. Likewise, in RPG games, each character has a formula for determining when ...
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Is it a good idea to imitate the same name of app to gain number of downloads? [closed]

Is there a way in order to recognize the game app's name and become popular for downloads in order to earn more money? I tried to check a certain name of the game and the search result appeared to ...
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Should I talk about my game concept?

I have what I think is a great idea for a small android game. It might be crap, but for the sake of the discussion, let's assume it is potentially good. I'm currently learning game development as a ...
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What makes MMOs with real-money economies legal?

I beieve most MMOs with an in-game currency tied to a real-world currency (e.g. Guild Wars 2's gems or Eve's PLEX) do not allow in-game items to be traded back into real cash for a bunch of reasons—...
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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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License for a casino game with virtual money (chips)

Do I need a specific license for operating a casino game (lets say poker Hold'em or video slots) that players are supposed to play with virtual money (chips) only? I am speaking about games like Zynga ...
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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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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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Making an indie with friends: Legal considerations

I am close to finishing a game I am making with 3 friends. 1 other coder, and 2 graphic designers. We agreed from the start to split revenue (40/40/10/10). However we have no contract, and I know ...
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Do you need special permission to personify companies as characters?

in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series a number of human characters are personifications of games companies ie. Compa = Compile Heart Red = Red Entertainment Tekken = Namco Falcom = Nihon Falcom Cave =...
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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. ...