Questions tagged [legal]

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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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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Is using the student version of 3DS Max and Unity3d legal?

I am developing an indie game together with my friend using Unity3D engine. I bought "Silo 3D" for modeling two month ago and for texturing I use 3D coat. We plan to sell our game in the future. For ...
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Is it legal to mod a MMORPG game to make it look like another franchise and profit from it?

Let's say I take World of Warcraft and I mod it to make it look like a Dragon Ball game and I obtain profit from it, would it be legal?
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Legal - Will code-naming a project after Marvel property be a problem?

I am developing a game, and since I haven't decided on a name yet, I've named it say, Project Deadpool. I plan to release the game as a beta. Will this cause any problems. It is just a name until a ...
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Can I use icons, which I am not allowed to use in commercial applications, in a free game

I wonder if I can use commercially-not-allowed icons in a mobile game which will be free for download. My game will include ads. Will ads make my game a commercial product?
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How do I protect my game's IP?

I have developed a game and I'm not sure what the best way to protect it is. Any information would be appreciated. The game works a lot like darts same strategy but with a different board and ...
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Is it legal to make a game out of a book? [closed]

I want to learn what legal constraints are on the copyrighted material. If I want to make a Quidditch (the fictional game in Harry Potter series) game, should I pay some kind of copyright to the book'...
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Farseer Physics Engine and the Ms-PL License [closed]

Am I able to produce code for a game which uses the Farseer engine and release my code under an open source license other than the Ms-PL? My concern is with the following section from the license: ...
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If I purchase game assets from an artist, should I ask them to explicitly sign over all rights to the art?

To cover all worst-case scenario legal bases, does a developer need any form of written communication from an artist confirming both the purchase of, and explicit transfer of all rights to, the art ...
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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 there a way to legally create a game mod? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How closely can a game resemble another game without legal problems Some questions about it: If I create a funny version of a copyrighted game and sell it (crediting the ...
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Can I bring features of an Android game into another Android game?

Platform : Android Overview : Fifa 14 by EA sports has a manager mode, kick off and tournament mode in it, which was the last game of its series on android to have these features. Fifa 16 has great ...
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Can I Base My Game on Another Game and Earn Money? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How closely can a game resemble another game without legal problems I want make a game similar to Pocket Tanks but for Android and then sell it. Since I am not directly ...
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Can I legally make a free clone of a game and use the same name? [closed]

I gather from Is it legally possible to make a clone of the game? and How closely can a game legally resemble another? that I should not try to profit from a clone if it is using the same assets, and, ...
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Why are payments for a game sometimes called “donations”?

Why are money payments (by SMS, or VISA) sometimes called "donations", and not "payments" or "purchases"? Is it a legal part of monetization (some details will be appreciated in this case), or just a ...
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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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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 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 Nyancat for my game? [closed]

I tried to find the information regarding the copyright/ownership of the Nyancat but couldn't find anything concrete. Can I use Nyan as part of the name of my game? Can I use the Nyancat graphics for ...
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How to make name of your trademark-game-clone findable

I know you can't copyright gameplay, so I can clone a succesful game. I'm not completely sure if you can completely take over all the rules (when rephrasing them to go around copyrights on text). But ...
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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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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 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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