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Old 02-24-2010, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default Let's Learn Law! #1 - Copyright AGAIN

Mario is copyrighted material. You won't be able to use it. Sorry!
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:42 AM   #2
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Mario is copyrighted material. You won't be able to use it. Sorry!
lego too, although as long as you don't call it lego you're pretty much fine
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:02 AM   #3
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lego too, although as long as you don't call it lego you're pretty much fine
I agree. Call Lego something like Meg-o and Mario something else! Be creative!
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Old 02-24-2010, 02:27 PM   #4
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Fangames are generally considered Fair Use (not so much the legal term) of the likeness of a character, I believe. Who made the original work may not accept it, but most people do.
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That's incorrect. Whether your game is a "fangame" (is there some legal definition of that?) has nothing to do with anything. If you use someone else's copyrights without their permission, you're infringing. You may not get caught, but if you do, you will have to face lawyer-wrath.
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Old 02-24-2010, 03:39 PM   #6
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I'm not saying you're not infringing, because you are, I'm saying that most people seem OK with it. The thing people are going to have the biggest problem with is blatant copyright infringement: i.e. taking the graphics or music and just using them. Trademark infringement will be secondary to that, but unless they have a trademark on the game's name, the character's name, etc, what can they do about that? The best thing to do would be make a game that's similar but not the same and title it "[game name]: a[n] [original name] fangame" to try to avoid all of that entirely.
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