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Reuse a game's GFX, images - of a defunct game company - for commercial game dev.

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Greets.

 

Am I right to think, it is allowed freely to reuse games' gfx of defunct companies in my indie developments even for commercial purposes?

 

eg. 

ancient game:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_Faerghail

from publisher :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReLINE_Software

as for the Developer, I cannot find them:

Developer(s) Electronic Design Hannover

 

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And here's another case,

an ancient title, with an active pulisher (Electornic Arts) and developer (Interplay):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bard's_Tale_(1985_video_game)

Should I ask for their permission?

 

Thanx for any info. Bye.

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No you are wrong.  No matter how defunct the company is somebody, somewhere still owns the rights.  Unless the company has open sourced their stuff then no you cannot use it.

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Many thanx for both of you!  

 

A wild, naive thought:

And possibly "creating" a fake of their pictures / images - ie. copying it with minor modifs - like in paintings world, a non-original Mona Lisa, would also make someones very-very angry with me.

 

thanx and ave

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A wild, naive thought:

And possibly "creating" a fake of their pictures / images - ie. copying it with minor modifs


Don't. Make original art.
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Legally, copying an existing work with minor modifications (or even just recreating it by yourself without modifying it) without permission is called a derivative work, and everything you were told above about using defunct artwork also applies.

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