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Can I use unique names from other media within my game?

For example, Starcraft 1 has a unit called "Hydralisk" and from what I can tell, its unique to that game. Does this mean that I can't have a unit called 'Hydralisk' in my game? I'm not going ...
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What is the legality regarding allowing players to mod a game with real-life players in a sports game?

Let's say I'm doing an Indie sports game, and ship it with fictional players, but make the game capable of reading a config file, so that players are able to edit in real names to suit themselves. The ...
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In my browser game's website description, can I use a title of another game?

For instance, if I think my game is a cross between Age of Empires and Minesweeper, can I have written on the description of my website "A browser-based hybrid of Age of Empires and Minesweeper&...
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Can I mention other games' titles, characters, maps, weapons etc. in my game?

Let's say I was about to make a quiz game where the questions are like this: When was Fallout 4 released? What is your first pickaxe in Minecraft? Who do you have to kill as the last boss in Skyrim? ...
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Can i use the same name for a spell in my game that already exists in another game

what does trademarks and copyrights contain. how similar can a name be to a name that already exists.
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Make a game from a TV game show

I'm an indie developper and I'm planning to do a game based on a TV game show. I would like to know if I could have problems with the law if I do it. I know I should consult a lawyer but I can not ...
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When to trademark my game/game company [duplicate]

I'm planning on building an online presence of a game I'm working on once it reaches a stage that would allow for creating marketing material (screenshots, trailers, etc). Should I trademark/...
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Is 2048 a registered trademark?

It looks like 2048 is a registered trademark of Ketchapp (obviously not the original author of 2048): https://trademarks.justia.com/865/87/2048-86587551.html . How applicable is this trademark and why ...
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Copyright/property rights to using the Certificate 18 movie logo on your game or artwork without permission?

Ok so I have been making a game recently just for fun and might be making it available for download. I have done it in the past with ERSB (or whatever it called) and they give the official age rating ...
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Game title having 2 similar words with another game

Hello I'd like to get some advice because we're developing a game called "Dungeon Boss Fight" and we recently discovered that a game named "Dungeon Boss" is already available in mobile by Bigfish ...
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Using trademark or famous game characters for free (related to collaboration)?

Let's say, for example, I'm making an indie version of a Batman game using the signature DC character and my concept project of my own. It's like a fan base-project with some income earned. Then, ...
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Unity remove logo in splash screen

Heavily related to this question, as of now, Unity's TOS has changed dramatically. And searching in the TOS, it looks like I'm allowed to remove the Unity logo in my exported game. Looking at Section ...
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What are the implications of releasing without a trademark?

I've been working on a video game for almost a year now and with release looming I'm starting to panic cause I don't have a trademark (but I do have a company). I really don't want to have to push ...
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Can I publish a game with a name similar to a videogame developer?

I'm currently developing a game and hoping to sell it in the future. Right now I'm about to make a facebook page and release a trailer, and I realised my game has a similar name to an already existing ...
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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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How can I handle intellectual property violations in user-generated content?

I recently made a simulation game like Gamedev Tycoon where you are in charge of a game company and planning to release it on app stores soon. I have few questions about trademark and copyright laws,...
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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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Using brand names in game?

Playing Game Dev Tycoon I noticed they rename all the console and company brands ever so slightly. Is something like this done in parody or to avoid copyright? For example Nintendo is Ninvento and ...
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Another app has the same name as mine on the appstore!

I am about to publish a game on the android playstore and the ios appstore. It is called "PairIt". I checked a while back to see if there were any other apps named PairIt on the playstore, and there ...
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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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If I accidentally used a trademarked name or word in my title, can I just change it?

I'm closing in on a point in the development of my first game that it's ready for Steam Greenlight. I don't even have a name for it though. My project name is Asteroids, but obviously I can't use that....
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Is it legal to clone a character from other game? [duplicate]

Is it legal to make a character very similar/exact from other game? E.g. take characters from Team Fortress 2 game, remake them in pixel art and use it in my game, but just change their names(with an ...
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Is it legal to use other game's title word in my game's name?

Is it legal to use e.g. the word "Fortress" in my game’s title? There is a game called Team Fortress and I think it’s trademarked. I’m thinking of replacing the word "Team" with another word and ...
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Naming a weapon during game development: is using the actual model name in real life against copyright?

I was planning to name each weapon at the weapon shop and I was wondering if it is safe to use the real name of each weapon and model as well before publishing it via Google Play Store for my created ...
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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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Can I use the names or logos of real football teams in my game? [duplicate]

I am developing a football game and I want to know if it is legal to name teams after real football teams. What about their logos?
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I found a game with the same name as mine! What should I do?

I published my game Eyeroller on Google Play the other day. I checked there was no game on Google Play with the same name. But today I searched for "eyeroller" on Google (Yes, I should have done it a ...
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Do I need to ask Microsoft for permission to use their products logo?

I am currently making a trailer of my game for my college project, I would like to note that my game is cross platform. Do I need to ask for permission to use those images in such situation? - When I ...
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Rules to start and naming a game studio

I would like to know if there is any copyright related rules to name a game studio specially for android appstore. I searched at the U.S. Copyright Office website and found many matches for same names....
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Copyright infringement in game title [duplicate]

I'm a wanna-be indie developer, and I am working on my first flash game. But, before I even start with the code, I want to know this: When determining the title of my game, how can I decide if it is ...
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Do I have to ask for permission to use real company logos for advertising props in the world in my sports game? [closed]

I'm making a simple turn-based Android ball flicking soccer game and I was thinking of creating a theme in a sports game, like soccer for example, usually had advertisement banner on walls and a bit ...
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Trademarks - a couple of questions

I got a couple of questions about game trademarks. When should I submit a trademark for my game if I see that this is a serious project? Where do I submit a trademark request? Does it have to be ...
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Safe to advertise without a trademark?

Alright, I'm currently thinking about registering my game with Steam's new Greenlight program. Only problem is I don't have a trademarked title yet and I read the government's registration process can ...
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