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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Term for a game that used to cost money but is now a public license

What is the term for this: A game that used to cost money, but is so old that it is now available for free (though not always open-sourced).
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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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Is it legal to develop a game using D&D rules?

For a while now I've been thinking about trying my hand at creating a game similar in spirit and execution to Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale and offshoots. I'd rather not face the full bulk of work in ...
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How does a game client (offline) authenticate license from a license server (like Steam)?

So this question is pretty straightforward, but I honestly can't wrap my head around it. How does a client authenticate license from the license provider? For example, when you play a game which ...
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Use of java for game dev, must I pay for it?

I would like to start programming a video game using Java. This will be my first video game. I choose java because of portability, so I develop the game and then it run on every system. But now I read ...
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Do you need a license for weapon models?

When creating your own model for a weapon, say the M4 carbine, and using the model in your game. Do you need a license to use it commercially? I know that racing games like GT5 has a license for each ...
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Is the CC BY-SA 4.0 licence what I want?

I'm looking for a licence for my game-assets (everything like artwork, music, stories, characters... except the code) who respects those points : Assets are free to use, share, remix, adapt, transform,...
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How does one escape the GPL?

DISCLAIMER I don't pretend to know anything about licensing. In fact, everything I say below may be completely false! Backstory: Recently, I've been looking for a decent game engine, and I think I've ...
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Several questions about Unity license and revenue from games

So, what I know is if I'm using Unity Personal Edition and start earning more than $100,000 I need to upgrade to Plus or Pro, but I have some questions: If revenue from the game reached more than $...
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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 VelcroPhysics engine and release my code under an open source license other than the Ms-PL? My concern is with the following section from the ...
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What are the hidden cost while deploying game with Unity3D?

I just started learning Unity3D. I created a small 2D game, and I want to host for Windows, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8, Xbox and even on websites. I created it using free Unity3D editor. Now I ...
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Icons and imagery rights

Can someone tell me if the icons and images of TravianZ in this GitHub project are public domain? I need to create a similar game and need only the town / buildings images. Seems the project was ...
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How does Unity know that you make more than one hundred thousand dollars on the Personal plan?

How do they check if you make more than 100k? That is really puzzling me.
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Would creating a player scriptable game using Unreal Engine or Unity violate their license agreement?

I want to create a game in Unity or UE4 which allows the user to write scripts in Python and run them mainly to control the AI. I will have to find a way to enable runtime script execution first. ...
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How can I legally allow modders to use my tools that are dependent on licensed assets?

I am making a moddable game with Unity. I actually have working system for serializing/deserializing items etc. For purpose of easy item creation in Unity, I made editor-only windows that help you ...
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Can I legally modify the Unity splash to fit the game's theme?

I've been working on a retro game, and I was wondering whether I could change the Unity logo to make it fit the game's style (eg. pixelating the logo). I know how to do this, but my question is ...
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Can I use a creative common licensed CC BY 4.0 model in a commercial indie game?

I want to use this keyboard model in my commercial indie game. The site says the asset is available with a "CC Attribution" licence, linking to the information page for the CC BY 4.0 licence....
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Alternatives for publishing code for a game I'm going to sell?

I'm developing a game. I want to publish the source code (e.g. on GitHub) for others to review and get ideas from. But I want to sell the game at a later point. That might be much later though. What ...
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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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What is a fair price to pay for music licensing for a commercial game? [closed]

What is a fair price range for already existing (not custom-made) music if it's intended for a commercial game? The music I have in mind is relatively unknown (independent music) and I'm already in ...
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What's the right way to re-use open source game assets?

This is a hypothetical question, but one I always wanted to know about. Suppose I wanted to create a game in the same fantasy style as Battle for Wesnoth. Having no arts skills myself, I could write ...
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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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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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Does "Personal Use" mean I can earn from it?

I'm almost done with my personal game. One of the reasons I started this is because of monetization. I plan to monetize it using Google Admob. However, I need some icons - essential part of my game. ...
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Difference between CC BY-SA 3.0 and CC BY 3.0

Comparing CC BY-SA 3.0 and CC BY 3.0, both permits that you share ou even modify the material, under the term that you give credit, link the license and inform in case of any changes. But in CC BY-SA,...
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Making a licensed game you want to make

If I, for example, wanted to make a Spongebob game and was not asked to to do so by the company that owns the character, what would I have to do in order to get the rights to make the 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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Copyright information / issues (if any) for game

I have always been a fan of the game Heroes of Might and Magic 3 (let's call it simply HOMM3), which shined long ago, around 1998. For more information, this game was created by the 3DO company - ...
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How can I use Unity Assets made by Unity in a commercial project?

I know you can't use starter and training etc.. assets made by Unity for commercial purposes, but according to this every Unity asset made by Unity is restricted for commercial use. So that means I ...
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Do I need to obtain a license to use real car brands in a game? [duplicate]

We are small team which working on car racing game but we don't know about licensing process for branded cars like Nissan, Lamborghini, Chevrolet and etc. Do we need to buy any licence for using ...
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Do I need to worry about game name trademark when making a FLOSS game?

I am planning to do a small game using only FLOSS software (Free Libre and Open Source Software like Godot, Blender, Krita...). I am going to put it on Github with an MIT license so everyone can ...
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Terms of integrating 3rd party sdk and libraries in your engine

I am developing my own engine and integrating Bullet Physics. Now Bullet Physics is open source under Zlib license. My concern is, can original owner change the license later on to paid and how it ...
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Do i need license for make free demo based on Futurama world?

I want to make demo that shows my skills (for hiring) and chose a theme - Simulate Interactive District of Futurama world. So it will consist 3d models and maybe sounds from Futurama tv series. Also ...
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Do I need licenses to make 3D models of guns for my game? [closed]

I think a same question has been asked 2 years ago but I would like an answer for my specific situation. I'm working on an indie project, which is a low-poly style FPS game and it contains several ...
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How to setup a public github unity repo with paid assets?

From what I gathered (like in this thread or here) I am allowed to push my own game code on github and choose a license, as long as I avoid putting assets I do not own. I want to make it public to be ...
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Do I have to credit the author of a free asset from the asset store?

Am sure that some people have been asked this question, and my researches yields a no, but I want to know from here. Do I have to credit the owner of a free asset that I used for my project from the ...
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license for old vehicle/track

If I want to develop an android racing game set in the 1940-1950, with the real track of that period (that differs from the actual one), both closed and street circuit, and the real car of that period ...
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Why can we use planes and military vehicles, but not other things?

Something sounds a little odd. It seems to me the status quo that if I wanted to put a real car or motorcycle into a video game, say a Toyota or a Ferrari, everyone would say that the default position ...
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I see free asset being sold on another site. How and where do I complain? [closed]

We all know that there are many repositories and marketplaces for 3D models on the internet. The specific problem I have now is with this 3D asset for sale on a site. It was made for sale a short ...
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How can you tell if what you're buying is legal?

In the past few days I've been browsing 3D asset marketplaces and repositories (I've been doing it for ages, but a lot recently). Many assets are paid for, others are free. In the past few days I've ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...