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How "fake" do invented names of a football game have to be in order to avoid copyright infringement?

I'm not a lawyer, this is not a legal advice site, this opinion is offered as is. You should consult with a lawyer to have a definitive answer. There are no specific rules that govern this. The ...
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What do I need to legally use copyrighted music in my game?

First and foremost, I am not a lawyer. You should always consult a lawyer in regards to legal questions - the legal system is often very fickle, and often changes dramatically from location to ...
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How to attribute authors of assets for my indie game

The CC-BY license requires that you credit the author of the work, not the platform that conveyed it. So yes, when you take lots of assets from lots of different creators, you must credit each of them ...
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How "fake" do invented names of a football game have to be in order to avoid copyright infringement?

While I am not licensed to provide legal advice, I can point out some important information regarding this topic to help you make an informed decision. First, as to the question of whether there have ...
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Can I remake a game I don't own any copyright to?

It depends on the game and the nature of the remake. Game mechanics cannot be protected by copyright, trademark, or patent. You can freely copy the mechanics of any game you want, as the basis of a ...
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What do I need to legally use copyrighted music in my game?

The singer is just a small part of a music track. It consists of: The vocals provided by the singer The text of the lyrics The composition of the melody The arrangement of the melody The performance ...
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Using non-copyrighted music for a paid game

There is no such thing as "non-copyrighted" music. The moment someone creates a creative work, they have a copyright on it. What you could mean is: Music in the public domain due to age. But that ...
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Is it okay to copy a game's formula? (damage, etc)

Yes, that is legal. Caveat: You may not steal their code, but you are allowed to reproduce what the code does. The code is allowed to end up looking the same, if you can reasonably claim that is ...
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Would using Minesweeper as a part of my game be illegal?

The answer depends on what you mean by "using minesweeper" and possibly what legal issue you're concerned about. If you're literally taking the code from Minesweeper and using it in your ...
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Can I publish a game with a name similar to a videogame developer?

“Lucid” might or might not be ok for you to use. They may argue it may create confusion in users and send a cease & desist. Note: some companies may even send a cease & desist without a good ...
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Can I remake a game and freely distribute it? or at least privately keep the remake?

If the game, assets, etc. do not belong to you (ie. you did not create them yourself without copying from another source, or pay to obtain a licence to those assets), you do not have permission to ...
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Is it legal to use the exact same proportions as Minecraft's Steve character model in software without permission?

I am not a lawyer, and you should not put too much value into the legal opinions of anonymous strangers from the Internet. But personally, I would not risk it. While I doubt that Minecraft Steve will ...
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How "fake" do invented names of a football game have to be in order to avoid copyright infringement?

IANAL. Why attribute the creation of names to a human at all? Another option is to have the names be randomly generated from a list of the first and last names. If you get a collision (first name, ...
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Can I use models of real cars with logos removed to avoid copyright infringement?

I'm not an expert, but I think that it's still copyright infringement on the design of the car. If you make a similar style of car, but not the same model, that's okay. There's tons of creative ...
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What do I need to legally use copyrighted music in my game?

In the 90s I worked for the largest computing magazine in Hungary and we had a cover CD, some 30 000 copies a month. We offered up and coming musicians to put their music there for free. This was ...
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How do I get rights to an game?

You find out who currently owns the IP and you make them an offer. It's that simple, but... First complication is that the owner of an IP is not necessarily the same as the developer, who in turn is ...
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Can I mention other games' titles, characters, maps, weapons etc. in my game?

First of all, I am not a lawyer, so I can not provide legal advise. When you are serious about this, do not rely on legal opinions of anonymous strangers on the Internet. Consult a real lawyer. There ...
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For Google Play, what kinds documentation can I provide to prove I have permission to use a third party's music in my game?

Ideally you should have some manner of legally binding contract between you and your artist & I would expect that would satisfy their documentation requirements. As a somewhat related topic, you ...
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How can I tell if I can use a song from YouTube in my game?

I am not a lawyer. If you want serious legal advise, ask one. Do not trust anonymous strangers on the internet with providing legal advise to you. But my layman interpretation of international ...
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Tetris Copyright Issues?

"Tetris" is a trademark of The Tetris Company, LLC. Game mechanics are not patentable or covered by copyright, but the name trademarks "Tetris" and "tetrimino" (note the spelling) are theirs. However,...
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Unity remove logo in splash screen

The option to remove the Unity logo from the splash screen is one of the perks of the paid tiers (Plus and Pro). So the simple answer is: pay for Unity, and you can use the built-in features to turn ...
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Using trademark or famous game characters for free (related to collaboration)?

Absolutely not. Do not do this. A general rule of thumb, is that you should not use or reference any property that you do not exclusively own, e.g. you should not even be saying "This game is like a ...
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Using trademark or famous game characters for free (related to collaboration)?

While it is theoretically possible to end up with such an agreement (they sue and you negotiate this as a settlement), you should not bet on it. You obviously violated their copyright and their ...
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Can I legally use movie sounds for game production?

Using stock sound effects is actually very common in the film industry (like the infamous Wilhelm Scream). But movie studios actually pay for the rights to these sound effects, usually in form of ...
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What do I need to legally use copyrighted music in my game?

Licensing from the authors This can be complicated if a copyright collecting agency or a licensing agency in involved. If you deal directly with the authors, they can issue you a license. If that ...
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