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#1 UraniumRod   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 13 May 2000 - 04:33 AM

I was just wondering if Maxis or EA had copyright on "Sim". I want to use something along the lines of SimSewer (just an example ) in the name of my game but I''m not sure that I can without violating a copyright that they my have. Any info would be great!

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#2 Drakonite   Members   -  Reputation: 215

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Posted 13 May 2000 - 04:48 AM

I would bet you large amounts of money (if I had any money) that "sim" was copywrited

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#3 Tiso   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 13 May 2000 - 09:37 AM

I ditto Drakonite. I to would bet money if i had that it was copyrighted.

#4 Kylotan   Moderators   -  Reputation: 3338

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Posted 13 May 2000 - 03:34 PM

As keeps getting said, maybe on other forums, you can''t really copyright individual words. Copyright applies to literary works. However, using the word Sim in conjunction with some other word to sell a computer game is probably bordering on -trademark- infringement.

#5 UraniumRod   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 13 May 2000 - 03:37 PM

Hummm.... thats no good for me. Well is there a national copyright webpage with a data base of all copyrighted material?

#6 UraniumRod   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 13 May 2000 - 03:42 PM

Well Kylotan thank you for pointing that out for me . With a trademark does it have to be registered with the government to be legal or can you just diclare something a trademark? If so is there a fee? Is there a webpage explaining the trademark law, or a database on line with all of the trademarks? Thanks.

#7 Kylotan   Moderators   -  Reputation: 3338

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Posted 14 May 2000 - 07:44 AM

There are trademarks, and there are registered trademarks. The difference, if any, will vary from country to country. Over here in England, it does not have to be explicitly registered, I believe. Generally, if you''re making something with a similar tradename to another product, you are in trouble if they decide to complain, -unless- the courts rule that your 2 lines of business are sufficiently different so that customers wouldn''t be possibly misled by use of the name. For instance, you could name your computer game after a Ukrainian clothes manufacturer, and it wouldn''t matter, but if you named it similar to another computer game series, you''d be on thin ice.

I''m sure you could find a site on trademark law somewhere, use a search engine

#8 Aegis   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 16 May 2000 - 04:01 PM

Speaking of copyrights... i was wondering wherabouts i can get something copyrighted, and how much it costs. i''m a bit of a newbie, so if there is some sort of building that says COPYRIGHTS HERE! that i dont know about, dont bite my head off please...

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Posted 17 May 2000 - 03:44 AM

Just put a © after your work and it''s copyighted. It''s absolutely free and applies to almost everything you produce, papers, software, pictures and so on. It''s not like patents that has to be registered and payed for.

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#10 Aegis   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 17 May 2000 - 07:07 AM

ok, cool...

#11 Obscure   Moderators   -  Reputation: 174

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Posted 17 May 2000 - 02:49 PM

Actually you don''t even need to put the copyright symbol. Creative works (music, film, books and computer games/programs) are copyright simply as a result of being created. The problem is in proving that you are the copyright holder. This is best done by getting a lawyer or other reputable persn to swear an affidavit that it exists on X date. The old chestnut that you can mail it to yourself (so it is post marked) does not work as you could simply mail an empty envelop and then put something in it at a later date.


Dan Marchant
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