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Hi, just wondered if any of you guys can answer this quickie.....Game companies copyright their games and their characters etc, why is it that fan games are allowed that make use of the same characters etc. An example of these is Zelda and Sonic fan made games. thx in advance

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Are these fans distributing these games for money?
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and do they make any of these character''s look bad?
if no to both then, i personally don''t see why they couldn''t be allowed to use these characters.

or maybe nintendo and sega just don''t know.

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these games are all free, and the characters are exactly the same, like they''ve just taken a ss of the characters and backgrounds and used them in the games.

thx

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Hi, just wondered if any of you guys can answer this quickie.....Game companies copyright their games and their characters etc, why is it that fan games are allowed that make use of the same characters etc.

They asked.

The fans make a request for permission to use the characters and adhere to strict guidelines. Simple.

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If that were true they would be swamped with such requests lol, there''s quite a few sonic fan games and several zelda fan games, which is one I am hoping to design, a lot smaller than the commercial versions with modifications, only thing really that I wanted is to call the character link, and the place hyrule, thats more or less it, everything else will be different, and it will be free like all fan games.

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I don''t think you can violate copyright if you are freely distributing a game.

You can protray the character in the worst light possible but at the end of the day it''s your right (freedom of speech and all that) and since your not making money from it your not classed as a competitor. If your not a competitor then copyright can''t effect you.

I suppose there might be problems if you are copying game data (sprites and stuff) due to intelectual property rights. But if your taking it from a screen cap or your own drawings (no matter how exact), i don''t think they have any ground for complaint.

Lastly, i can''t see the big N trying to sue a bedroom programmer for this stuff anyway. It''s bad publicity, and nobody likes that.

zipless

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I don''t think you can violate copyright if you are freely distributing a game.

You can protray the character in the worst light possible but at the end of the day it''s your right (freedom of speech and all that) and since your not making money from it your not classed as a competitor. If your not a competitor then copyright can''t effect you.

I suppose there might be problems if you are copying game data (sprites and stuff) due to intelectual property rights. But if your taking it from a screen cap or your own drawings (no matter how exact), i don''t think they have any ground for complaint.

Lastly, i can''t see the big N trying to sue a bedroom programmer for this stuff anyway. It''s bad publicity, and nobody likes that.

zipless


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quote:
Original post by zipless
I don''t think you can violate copyright if you are freely distributing a game.

You can protray the character in the worst light possible but at the end of the day it''s your right (freedom of speech and all that) and since your not making money from it your not classed as a competitor. If your not a competitor then copyright can''t effect you.

I suppose there might be problems if you are copying game data (sprites and stuff) due to intelectual property rights. But if your taking it from a screen cap or your own drawings (no matter how exact), i don''t think they have any ground for complaint.

Lastly, i can''t see the big N trying to sue a bedroom programmer for this stuff anyway. It''s bad publicity, and nobody likes that.

zipless


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