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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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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 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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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 attribution sufficient for CC BY-SA 3.0-licenced music in a commercial mobile game?

I am in the process of developing a mobile game that I intend to sell on Google Play. I want to include a music licensed as: Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) If I attribute the ...
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Can I use assets from the Unity store in a non Unity project I host publicly?

I'm working on a simple game for university that I'm making using HTML and Javascript (not Unity) that I'd like to be able to put up on a public github repo and/or maybe host online somewhere. I'd ...
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What are some legal concerns I should have before consulting a web developer on an idea of mine [closed]

I have an idea for a web application but I am a little bit hesitant to consult a company due to fears of having my idea stolen. What are some preliminary tasks I should set myself before actually ...
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Using an unregistered company name

If I want to release an App with a Company Name do I have to have that registered before I can use it? I have checked and the name is not taken, so is it fine to just use a made up company name? As ...
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Intented name for my game already exists as a book title

I have found that the name I have planned for my game have been already used for the title of a book. After checking the trademark database, this is the description they have used: "Paper Goods and ...
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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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Need some Help in unity personal edition License matter

I am an independent developer, and I just started to look into Unity. I downloaded Unity Personal, and started setting it up. After sign up, a license page opened, in which I intended to selected a ...
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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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Must I buy licenses if my rhythm game lets users load music from their own library to be played in-game?

I want to create a music rhythm game, where any user can load the "map" for a song from the game server, if they have a song's sound file in their own library. Each "song map" contains information ...
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Should I patent game before putting it on Apple App Store?

If it's a huge hit, I could then patent it. Or, if I put my game up on App Stores before patenting, does this cause a problem? Would this invalidate a patent application? Should I bother to even ...
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Can I use “Finding Dori” as my ios game title? [closed]

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am creating a fishing game for which I want to give name "Finding Dori". As the film is already released with title "Finding Dory", and ...
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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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Is game localization by external files protected by a patent?

http://www.google.ch/patents/US7930167 This patent explains loading game languages from external files. I'm pretty sure that has already been implemented in many games. I'm not sure if they violate ...
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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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RPG Maker MV and outside screenshots

I'm looking into starting a project on RMMV; a medieval fantasy with a heavy focus on storytelling. For part of that storytelling, I was hoping to include "cutscenes" composed on images and text to ...
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Adding actors/musicians/famous people in a videogame [duplicate]

Let's say I want to make a videogame with several famous characters in it, you can't copyright a name and a face, right (I'm talking about names and surnames, not branded ones)? How does it work? Are ...
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intellectual property and non disclosure agreements on artwork

I am developing a game and would like to work with an artist. I am interested to know what other developers have done with regards to creating characters. How does one draft up agreements that might ...
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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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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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Legal issues with nba player names, profiles, logos? [duplicate]

I am searching for this topic and I found a similar question asked check here: Legal issues around using real players names and team emblems in an open source game however I have specific questions ...
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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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Can copying assets be legal if I'm not intending to make money? [duplicate]

I very recently started going through game development tutorials and I was thinking of trying to mimic a game I know as closely as possibly just to see if I can do it as a first project. I wouldn't ...
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Will using similar/exact name to a current Marvel superhero name for your game be a problem?

I have heard that the word 'superhero' is trademarked by marvel and DC and thus we can't use superhero as part of the name of a game we develop. But I wonder do they also have exclusibe rights to all ...
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How does copyright on sources work [closed]

If I want to create a game in which I use sources from another game that has copyright is illegal. But what if I use screenshots from a 3D game to make another 2D game (something like a questionnaire)?...
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Can I legally call ninja techniques “jutsus” in a game?

I'm making a game inspired by the anime Naruto and I want to use the word jutsu, used in the anime to mean ninja techniques. Can I do that? Does the answer change if I change the techniques' ...
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I want to make a racing game.Can I have licensed cars without paying for licenses? [duplicate]

My idea was something similar to rFactor, but very easy to mod. There will be a step by step tutorial. If I or somebody from the developers make the mods and publish them, do I still need licensing? ...
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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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Apple iOS review and interpreted code download/execution

I'm looking for some information regarding two specifics rules of the App Store Review guidelines. More specifically rules 2.7 and 2.8 : 2.7 Apps that download code in any way or form will be ...
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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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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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Legal restrictions if using Google Analytics on PC game?

I'm thinking of using Google Analytics to collect various user information (including hardware information) in my PC desktop game I'm making with Unity.I figured I can do this by setting up a new ...
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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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Can I use someone else's music/midi? [duplicate]

The music in question is not exactly owned by the other individual either, as it's simply an arrangement of a game's soundtrack as a midi or music sheet. Am I allowed to use these in my videogame? ...
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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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Is it legal to develop a game using other games skill names/flavor/mechanic? [duplicate]

I am starting to develop a new game and i'm thinking about using some names for some features coming from other games (such as WoW and D&D). I have already read this Is it legal to develop a game ...
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Can I include a public domain book in my game?

Just for fun, I want to include a bookshelf in my game with a real book (or few) that you can actually read. Would I run into any legal trouble if I included an out of print book in the public domain,...
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Personal Custom Card Game [duplicate]

I had the idea, to make a custom card game based off an Anime i like. I was wondering if it would be legal to have such printed out (using a custom card/board game service) for personal use. I would ...
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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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What do I need in order to receive payments from Valve?

I'm developer from Russia and I recently passed Steam Greenlight. Now I'm stuck on the Valve program enrollment phase. From what I've seen in the Valve forms, it is not necessary to create a company, ...
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How should I license my game so others may not distribute copies?

I've created a game and I'm unsure how to license it or what that means. I've heard of Creative Commons licenses. Should I use that? I want it so that people that download my game cannot remix or ...
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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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Legal issues around forming an international game dev team

A friend and I have been wanting to collaborate on a mobile app game. It's a 'start small but dream big' kind of venture, where neither of us has much experience, but we're hoping that if we succeed, ...
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Am I allowed to release a fan-made version of a Trading Card Game on a fansite? [duplicate]

Consider a Trading Card Game that is currently available for play in digital format only, the game in question would be HEX: Shards of Fate, but this question is intended as a general question about ...
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How common are game engine bugs, and can I claim damages for them? [closed]

Are game engine bugs (in popular ones like Unreal and Unity, not some unknown ones) common? I know engines like Unreal, Source and Unity3D are well tested and maintained, but, for example, is there ...