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#Actualbschmidt1962

Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:04 PM

Usually with fan-made games or personal projects that have no financial gain, then there isn't much the IP holder can do in the land of copyrights.

But, you have to make sure that there is no money made from it.

 

Not only is this "not good advice" as Tom says, it is 100% incorrect.  It makes no difference if you make money for it or not.  (Edit to add example).  A great example is the old iPhone Lightsabre app.  This was a free download in the early days of the app store.  it used a recording of the light sabre sound from the Star Wars movies.  Lucas got wind and could have had them remove their app.  (Instead they told them they needed to change the app into an advertisement for an upcoming Lucas property).  But it was open and shut copyright infringement, even thought the app was free.

 

That's one of the biggest myths about copyright.  The myth is "if you don't make money from it, they can't sue you."  They very much can sue, and will win.

 

 

On another note:  Your subject says "Create game about film or other story book."  If the movie was itself based on a book, and the book is in the public domain, then you are probably safe making a game based on the book, as long as you don't copy anything from the movie.

 

For example, you could make a game based on "Snow White", the public domain story by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm ("The Brothers Grimm").  But if your Snow White character looked like the Disney movie character, you would be in violation of Disney's copyright (of the image of the character, not the story).


#1bschmidt1962

Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

Usually with fan-made games or personal projects that have no financial gain, then there isn't much the IP holder can do in the land of copyrights.

But, you have to make sure that there is no money made from it.

 

Not only is this "not good advice" as Tom says, it is 100% incorrect.  It makes no difference if you make money for it or not.  

 

One thing to check.  Your subject says "Create game about film or other story book."  If the movie was itself based on a book, and the book is in the public domain, then you are probably safe making a game based on the book, as long as you don't copy anything from the movie.

 

For example, you could make a game based on "Snow White", the public domain story by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm ("The Brothers Grimm").  But if your Snow White character looked like the Disney movie character, you would be in violation of Disney's copyright (of the image of the character, not the story).


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