Great game! I enjoyed playing it!
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This contest only applies to copyright law in the US and not to copyright law (or droit d'auteur) in France. The only compositions of Ravel's which are eligible for this contest are the ones which are made in 1926, as the copyrights to those expired in the US (you can use Ravel's compositions before 1926, but they won't be eligible for the contest).
Is that clear?
I think I can answer:
> So apparently anything made before 1923 will go into Public Domain on January 1 (which was yesterday at my time of writing), so does that mean I can just record a song from the 1910’s or something and add it to my game?
Close; any sound recording made before 1923 went into the public domain yesterday. The underlying compositions prior to 1923 were already public domain and have been for many decades. So that means, making covers of 1910's songs won't count, but using recordings that were made in the 1910's definitely do!
> Can I get a painting from the 1910’s and turn them into sprites?
You're allowed to do that, but in order to be eligible for the contest it must be from 1926 if it's not a sound recording.
> do I have to make something based OFF OF them and not directly copy them?
Either/or. You can make something based off of paintings from 1926 or directly copy them.
BTW, sound recordings before 1923 entered the public domain on January 1, 2022, so that means you could sample from them to your heart's delight (I realize it doesn't explicitly say it in the game jam, but they're fair game! If you don't believe me, ask Randy Lubin!)!
Thanks for agreeing to take part of this game jam, even though you're hosting another one! You remind me of CD Projekt Red in the case of managing one place (you: Gatsby Jam :: CDPR : GOG) whilst serving another (you: Gaming Like It's 1925 :: CDPR : Steam/EGS).
I really appreciate that!
Hi. Is there any way to save the game? Every time I close the game's window in order to exit the program, I lose my progress and have to start all over in the beginning.
Are you going to fix this? Maybe you'll remake the game in a different engine (such as Unity)?
I played your game. It is honestly the best twine game I've ever played! I showed it to my mom and she thought extremely highly of it as well!
I think you deserve to win best digital game of jam, even though I have yet to see the others!
If I my quote Homer Simpson, "This contest is over, give this man the $10,000!"
Awesome! So it's definitely eligible! Sorry, it's just that some of his other works were after 1925 so I just wanted to make sure what you were doing was legal in the US (it's legal most everywhere else, for sure)!
EDIT: However, looking through on Wikipedia's search terms, I think this work may not be public domain in the US, because it didn't comply with formalities before 1926: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Public_domain#Published_outside_the_Unit...
EDIT: No, I was right the first time. The US Copyright office says this:
A French short story that was first published without copyright notice in 1935 will be treated as if it hadSo you're good!
both been published with a proper notice and properly
renewed, meaning that its restored copyright will expire
on December 31, 2030 (95 years after the U.S. copyright
would have come into existence).
Though I'm not hosting, I would say "no".
This contest is strictly for games that are public domain in the United States, specifically those who entered the public domain in the United States this year, i.e. everything except sound recordings published in 1925.
If it's in the public domain in your country but not in the US, it's only legal to sell it in countries where it is in the public domain. Otherwise, you will have to obtain permission or geoblock the US from playing the game.
Keep in mind that I am not a lawyer, but I have taken an interest in copyright law.