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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 ...
Mark's user avatar
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8 votes
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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 ...
Philipp's user avatar
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7 votes

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 ...
Maximus Minimus's user avatar
6 votes

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 ...
Philipp's user avatar
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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 ...
cmprogram's user avatar
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5 votes

How can we sell rights to our computer game

To sell the rights to something, you first have to have rights to sell. Have you filed formal government paperwork to register copyright and trademark for your game? If not, you probably still have ...
Kevin's user avatar
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4 votes
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Using trademark or famous game characters for free (related to collaboration)?

Another reason why this is not a good plan: think about the people. I doubt you have a lot of funds to make that game, and as @Philipp already pointed out, to make a game that DC would be ready to ...
Vaillancourt's user avatar
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3 votes
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Using D&D maps as a reference for my indie game

I would personally start with maps that are specifically intended for commercial use. For instance: Dyson Logos (cartographer for WotC's Fizban's Treasury of Dragons) has released over 500 maps under ...
Pikalek's user avatar
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2 votes
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Copyright/property rights to using the Certificate 18 movie logo on your game or artwork without permission?

Legally, the short answer is no, you cannot just use them. Using their labelling suggest that they have vetted & rated your product, which is presently not the case. They regulate usage their ...
Pikalek's user avatar
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2 votes
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What are the legal implications of creators streaming their development?

Vlambeer had a GDC talk about streaming development of their game Nuclear Throne that you can watch on youtube. They streamed some parts of the game that an audience would find interesting. Give it a ...
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2 votes
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Is a game based on a specific cellular automation a copyright infringement?

According to the official United States copyright website: Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. An ...
WG481's user avatar
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What is the proper, legal way to make a derivative video game?

IP can get EXPENSIVE, and it gives a third party way to much control over your game (including, potentially, an expiration date). Ever heard of Starwars Galaxies? It was pretty infamous for two ...
Mark Storer's user avatar

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