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water4fire Jul 7 @ 10:07am
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Do you need permission to base a game you make on a book, using the characters and stuff from it?
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Skoardy Jul 7 @ 10:09am 
Yes.
JCrowd5 Jul 7 @ 10:10am 
yes or else that would be copy wright walking dead ha
water4fire Jul 7 @ 10:11am 
Thanks guys, that answers my question.
Gorlom[Swe] Jul 7 @ 10:14am 
Best thing you can do is to contact a lawyer and ask him/her/them for advice regarding legal matters. Asking on the internet is not a very good idea.
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C0untzer0 Jul 7 @ 11:29am 
In most countries copyright extends 50-75 years from the death of the author. In the case of anonymous works that time begins on publication. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries%27_copyright_length
So something like "Dagon" should be OK, Harry potter would get you in trouble. It's always best to do a legal search on rights to works before starting, even if you just google "Title of the book" + rights
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Qon Jul 7 @ 2:42pm 
Maybe.

You have a copyright monopoly on a specific expression of an idea and not the idea itself.
Originally posted by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright:
The idea–expression divide differentiates between ideas and expression, and states that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas, and not the ideas themselves. This principle, first clarified in the 1879 case of Baker v. Selden, has since been codified by the Copyright Act of 1976 at 17 U.S.C. § 102(b).

Copyright does not cover ideas and information themselves, only the form or manner in which they are expressed.[18] For example, the copyright to a Mickey Mouse cartoon restricts others from making copies of the cartoon or creating derivative works based on Disney's particular anthropomorphic mouse, but does not prohibit the creation of other works about anthropomorphic mice in general, so long as they are different enough to not be judged copies of Disney's.[18] Note additionally that Mickey Mouse is not copyrighted because characters cannot be copyrighted; rather, Steamboat Willie is copyrighted and Mickey Mouse, as a character in that copyrighted work, is afforded protection.
Copyright law is very tricky and sometimes it doesn't matter what the law says if you make enemies with organisations with insane amounts of money.
"the copyright to a Mickey Mouse cartoon restricts others from [...] creating derivative works based on Disney's particular anthropomorphic mouse" Says you qan't use characters other people have copyright on but "Mickey Mouse is not copyrighted because characters cannot be copyrighted" says differently.
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C0untzer0 Jul 7 @ 3:12pm 
The legal test is usually whether the original work is recognisable in the new piece. This can be very vague depending on the quality of lawyers. A safe way around it is if the work is copyrighted send a vopy of your game with a note to the owner explaining that you've created a work based on it and see if they want you to make any changes/ That's guaranteed to be cheaper than a court case.
AusSkiller Jul 7 @ 5:50pm 
There are also some exceptions such as when creating a parody of the original work, but as others suggested you should definitely get a lawyer (preferably specializing in IP law) to check exactly what is or isn't allowed in your specific case.
Giorgi Abelix Abelashvili Jul 28 @ 11:01am 
in my game i use some sentences of Stephen King's book Dark tower "Go then, there are other worlds than these, Jake Chaimbers, the dark tower" is this copyrighted?
C0untzer0 Jul 28 @ 11:10am 
Originally posted by Giorgi Abelix Abelashvili:
in my game i use some sentences of Stephen King's book Dark tower "Go then, there are other worlds than these, Jake Chaimbers, the dark tower" is this copyrighted?
Fair use guarantees that Small extracts can be used in a work, yours just about passes.
(A helpful guide to how long an extract is significant is that an actor has to be credited if they have 15 words throuhgout a piece, any less is considered "background" iirc about 8 seconds of a song is allowed on the radio in a shot before we have to pay for it.)
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Gorlom[Swe] Jul 28 @ 11:22am 
Remember if you are unsure or worried contact a lawyer (preferebly one that specialises in copyright law)
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