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Be inspired by another game. Copyright issues?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by larsp777, Nov 12, 2021.

  1. larsp777

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    If I would be inspired by another game could that cause copyright issues?
     
  2. DimitriX89

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    Inspired to what extent? Ripping off whole characters and plot points?
     
  3. Lurking-Ninja

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  4. SamTheLearned

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    Most likely no. You'll be fine in most cases unless you are actually taking models/art.
     
  5. Joe-Censored

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    Copying directly from a copyrighted work creates copyright issues. So inspiration, most likely you're fine. If you're not pulling a cut/paste, and not stealing characters, it is actually pretty difficult to violate copyright.

    Violating trademarks though is a bit easier to accidentally do, because instead of copying directly it is concerned with whether your original work creates confusion with someone else's trademark. If your game includes a 3 legged robot with a cylinder body and a sphere head, you're likely violating Disney's trademark for R2-D2, even if your robot is otherwise a different character.

    IANAL
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2021
  6. RichAllen2021

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    Don't do what US Gold did way back in the late 80s (pre Interweb) and make a "Warts and all" clone of Super Mario, they did and Nintendo found out and sued the crap out of them for copyright infringement.
     
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