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Legal opinion on 3D model copyright

A topic by tonycoupland created 110 days ago Views: 118 Replies: 4
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Hi,

I would like to add more voxel drawn ships to my game as unlockable extras but I wondered what the legal position is with copyright of space ships from other media. For example, I drew the model below using Magica but it bares a likeness to another space ship from a sci-fi movie series.

Since I produced the model myself - all be it inspired by another - do I need to obtain a license? I imagine getting a license as a one-man indie developer is impossible or incredibly costly, so is there another way?

I've tried googling this but don't seem to be able to find a conclusive answer.

Thanks in advance.

Tony

I have not done this before, but have worked at companies that have dealt with IP licenses.

Assuming you intend on making content that fall in the greyzone of IP copyright, then yes you will need to obtain a license. Try this site http://www.disneystudiolicensing.com/ - no harm in figuring out what it costs, and seeing if it's affordable.

Just my thoughts - If you are going to be investing x hours creating content that has commercial value, it would be better to err on the side of caution and make something that has not legal implications.

Hope this was helpful

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Thanks, yes that is helpful.

Following the link kind of talks entirely about clips and still images which I kind of where I see the grey area - they are protecting the images, but not the 'idea'.

I'm sure there must be something legally prohibitive otherwise anyone could create content that would impact their brand, but I'm not sure what this - whether its copyright law or trademark etc.

This article is helpful, but still doesn't really answer the question of if using the 'character' the milenium falcon in an unrelated game is legal or not https://legalmatterblog.com/2015/04/27/may-the-4th...

Got to bookmark that link for further reading - thanks for sharing

I remember coming across this Reddit gamedev user who is a video game attorney
This person has been a big source of help for law and related, to the community over there, and my best guess is messaging this person about your specific case

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/28z307/iama_video_game_attorney_its_a_thing_i_swear_who/

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I've put a note on Reddit and see if he or anyone else has any thoughts.

https://www.reddit.com/r/VideoGameLaw/comments/5my...

Thanks!