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Questions tagged [licensing]

Deals with legal permission to use/represent a specific entity. It can reference the appearance of a brand or software related permissions.

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I followed a youtube timelapse video to make same 3d model in blender, Can I use this in my game?

I saw a youtube timelapse video about making a car 3d model, I liked it and followed the same, I design almost same looking model (90% same), Can I use this in my game? There is no license mentioned ...
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Can I use my Unity Plus licence with Unity version 5.3.4p3?

I had Unity 5.3.4p3 from 2 years ago, and I want to use it for my current project. Since then, I've purchased a Unity Plus licence. Can I use that licence to develop and publish my Unity 5.3.4p3 ...
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How do you upgrade your Unity license from Plus to Pro?

If I buy a Plus license for Unity for only one month, can I upgrade that license from Plus to Pro in the next month? Or I am in am annual commitment to renew only the Plus license? If I need to ...
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How can I use Unity Assets made by Unity in a commerical project?

I know you can't use starter and training etc.. assets made by Unity for commerical, but according to this every unity asset made by unity is restricted for commercial use. So that means I can't use ...
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Can I use “Creative Comons BY-NC” licences music in my Freemium game?

According to creativecommons.org, a CC BY-NC license stands for a creative commons license that prohibits you to use the material in "Commercial Purposes" ...and for the Commercial Purposes they ...
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When is it possible to discontinue the Unity 3D paid license?

Lets assume we have created and published in some stores (Steam, Epic, etc) a game made with Unity paid license. Case 1. The game was soo dull and tedious that we sold less than a thousand copies ...
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Can Unity censor my content or invalidate my license for offensive content?

If I make an offensive game can they pull my license and prevent me from selling my game? Like we're talking think of the most offensive thing you can think of: you're in charge of the most efficient ...
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Can I use Adobe Fuse CC models in my commercial game?

I'm wondering if it's allowed to use Adobe Fuse CC models and textures in a commercial game? I use this software to get good shapes of character and then use Blender to modify the body or renew ...
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How do you get a license from Marvel comics for game?

I want to use Marvel comics character in my game but I don't know how to get Marvel comics character licence for game
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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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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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How to use CC photos from Wikimedia properly?

Here is the situation: I want to create a (perhaps commercial) offline trading card game. Like Magic: The Gathering. My game will be about animals. So I want to use CC photos from Wikimedia as an art ...
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lwjgl licence and requirements for commercial use

is it completely legal to use light weight java game library in a commercial 2 dimension game engine like drag and drop not straight code?if yes what are their requirements?if not what are my options?...
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How do I become a game publisher?

I wonder how I can become a game publisher locally. For example, I know a Japanese game that I want to publish in India, where I live. How do I acquire a license to do this? I tried emailing the ...
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Is it possible to copyleft license a game engine and still allow users to sell games made with it?

I have recently been studying and working on implementing my own game engine. I am interested in making my work open source so that others may use and modify it freely. However, I also want to make ...
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How does condition 5 of the Open Font License apply to using a font in my game/engine?

For my game-engine I have created an debug-console I use for more complex operations and tests, logging, etc. When looking for a good & clean font I considered using Google Fonts. Many if not all ...
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Licensing for assets in a game but it is free for commercial use

In my game, there is this music that I use and of course before releasing anything for commercial use, I have to have a license for what I dont create for my game for example ( game engine, music, ...
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Using real-life names in fantasy league

I am looking into creating a fantasy soccer league, where users can create their own virtual team of real-life soccer players. The performance the virtual team depends on how those soccer players ...
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Licensing (or similar) for my fan-game?

For the past 8 years, I've been working on a Pokémon fan-game. It's been awesome, well-received by players, and I'm very proud of the community we've built. But, as with all things "fan-game", there's ...
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Compare responsibility among copy-left license [closed]

I have checked out many source about the free and open source licenses (Wikipedia), but what I really want to know what is our responsibility when we use the open source that has these licenses. For ...
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Why don't game companies buy 3D models of cars from the respective car manufacturers?

My friend is working in a game company in India. They are developing 3D car models for racing games for other companies. They create their own car models right from the beginning. I asked my friend "...
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Can open source games be published on Steam?

Many free and open source software licenses have conditions in them that ban bundling it with proprietary modules, although, in case of the GPL at least, there are some exceptions for drivers and ...
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How to license free assets but prevent asset flipping?

I'm a hobbyist prop artist and give away everything I make for free, even for commercial use. At the moment I use the CC BY 4.0 license which is great except for the fact that someone would be able to ...
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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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Possible legal pitfalls in font licensing for mobile games?

As I start to look into finding a the right font for a new mobile game I'm developing, I'm noticing that license agreements for fonts are pretty varied. Looking on advice for what pitfalls to avoid ...
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Am I allowed to push my Unity based game's source code to github?

I got the Personal version of Unity 5.5 to play around with it1. Let's say I own the rights on all the assets I use in my project, or they are licensed in a way that allows me to use, modify and ...
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MPL 2.0 in perspective of game development and selling

I am planning to use a math library named Eigen3 which is under MPL 2.0. However, I am not sure what MPL 2.0 means. As a game developer, who want to sell ...
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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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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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Can I use the graphics or music of an abandoned game in my game?

I was wondering that if a game has been officially closed by the owner can I use their graphics or music they used in their game?
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What happens if I make more than $100k with the free Unity license?

If an indie game developer makes more than $100,000 using the free version of Unity, what happens to the money that goes over $100k? How will Unity people come to know how much money they are making? ...
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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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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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Is DirectX free for commercial use?

This question isn't gamedev per se but it is definitely relevant. Still, if it's off-topic, please direct me to the proper SE page. This question has probably already come up many times but I'd like ...
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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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Unity Licensing

I'm sorry if this gets asked a lot but google gives up answers from back in 2008 and all sorts so could somebody please clear up a couple of questions for me please. I want to make 2D games in Unity,...
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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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Licensing and commercial game development [closed]

I am thinking about developing my game and have a few questions. I am going to use these softwares and libraries : OpenGL, Visual Studio Express, GLFW. I have publishing and selling my game in plans. ...
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Alternatives to remove Unity splash screen after developing a game with the free version?

I developed a simple game using the free version of Unity. I want to understand how much it would cost me to remove the Unity Splash Screen to know if it's worth it. Right now Unity professional ...
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What events invalidate the Unity machine identification? [closed]

I bought a new solid state drive, cloned the old one to the new using CloneDrive, removed the old drive and booted. Everything went well, but when I tried to start Unity I got this popup: I am ...
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Can I use unlicensed art to develop and raise money for my game? [closed]

I've been developing a prototype for a game that has been made with art that I have neither paid for or asked for permission to use. Naturally once I move towards selling or distributing my ad-...
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If I release code under GPLv3, can I specify what parts of users' code can be released under a new license?

I have a few questions about what users of my engine could copyright in their own project. The way the engine would work would be that it would be a standalone program in Java that would load all of ...
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Do I still owe Epic royalties if I am not enrolled in the Unreal Engine subscription?

I have just started using Unreal Engine 4 and I have had a very good experience, though I have left the subscription now. I've made an Android game with it and I am planning to release it, but I have ...
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What parts of a GPL game engine must be released?

I'm hoping I can clarify this issue. Note, a similar question has been asked here, but it doesn't really give a specific enough answer that I can comprehend at this point! :- How does one escape the ...
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Do you need a license for US military badges, awards, decorations?

We would like to use in our game names and images of real US military badges, awards and decoration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awards_and_decorations_of_the_United_States_military http://en....
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How can I ensure my game complies with all asset/source licenses when preparing it for distribution?

I put together a 3D space scene demo, but I bought some models from turbosquid and using the jmonkey engine I must comply with BSD licence (jmonkeyengine) and also package the models, but I don't ...
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Can I use a song from a YouTube remix in my game?

If I found a video with a remake/remix/version of a commercial song (for example, the theme of Super Mario Bros) with a CC BY licence, I can take this video for a commercial purpose like the ...
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Copyright and patents on game design and names?

We all know that each game has elements from another game but when does one cross the line of copyright? I have a view particular questions about this since this "line" is very vague. While looking ...
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What is the license you need to publish to Xbox 360 from Unity3D?

I have a license for deploying and releasing games using XNA. What is the license I need to deploy and publish games using Unity3D, and how do I get it? I have found very little and unclear ...
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How much does it cost to license vehicles for a racing game? [closed]

I've looked and looked, and even contacted some companies but I never got anywhere. Does anyone know? I just need to see if I can do it financially.