Copyright Laws

This is a discussion on Copyright Laws within the Game Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; I have almost finished my first WinAPI program and my first game, it's Battleships. I hope to be able to ...

  1. #1
    Funniest man in this seat minesweeper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    801

    Copyright Laws

    I have almost finished my first WinAPI program and my first game, it's Battleships. I hope to be able to post it and e-mail it to friends to see what they think. I have however used some bitmaps and .wav files that I have on my computer from another game, Civ 2 to be precise. Are there any legality issues with me letting people play my game like I say?

  2. #2
    Intranasal Heroin User Xterria's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Buffalo, NY
    Posts
    1,035
    it's ok as long as your not selling it on the market

  3. #3
    Nick
    Guest
    Are there any legality issues with me letting people play my game like I say?
    Most commercial games copyright their artwork. You can't use
    them even if you develop a non-commercial game.

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Posts
    1,571
    Originally posted by Nick

    Most commercial games copyright their artwork. You can't use
    them even if you develop a non-commercial game.
    That is true. However, I doubt your friends will turn you in. So its really a judgement call for you. Also, you can find some free use wav's and bitmaps online! Just use google and you will be successful. Simple wav's and stuff are a dime a dozen.
    "...the results are undefined, and we all know what "undefined" means: it means it works during development, it works during testing, and it blows up in your most important customers' faces." --Scott Meyers

  5. #5
    C++ Developer XSquared's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    2,718
    Originally posted by MrWizard
    Simple wav's and stuff are a dime a dozen.
    I can't afford that kind of pricing! Do you think I'm made of money or something!?! GEEZ!!!!
    Naturally I didn't feel inspired enough to read all the links for you, since I already slaved away for long hours under a blistering sun pressing the search button after typing four whole words! - Quzah

    You. Fetch me my copy of the Wall Street Journal. You two, fight to the death - Stewie

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Posts
    1,571
    Originally posted by XSquared


    I can't afford that kind of pricing! Do you think I'm made of money or something!?! GEEZ!!!!
    LOL I had to read that 2 times to get what you were saying.
    "...the results are undefined, and we all know what "undefined" means: it means it works during development, it works during testing, and it blows up in your most important customers' faces." --Scott Meyers

  7. #7
    C++ Developer XSquared's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    2,718
    Getting a bit slow this early in the morning? (or late at night, depending on how you look at it)
    Naturally I didn't feel inspired enough to read all the links for you, since I already slaved away for long hours under a blistering sun pressing the search button after typing four whole words! - Quzah

    You. Fetch me my copy of the Wall Street Journal. You two, fight to the death - Stewie

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Posts
    1,571
    Originally posted by XSquared
    Getting a bit slow this early in the morning? (or late at night, depending on how you look at it)
    Yep! It's really not actually that late yet but I'm not running on much sleep.
    "...the results are undefined, and we all know what "undefined" means: it means it works during development, it works during testing, and it blows up in your most important customers' faces." --Scott Meyers

  9. #9
    Banned frenchfry164's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Posts
    1,552
    I don't think the companies will sue you unless you are selling it or saying you made the stuff yourself. Otherwise it would be a waste of their time. Unless they are extremely money-hungry or something.

    I don't have to worry. Everything I put in my games is completely original. I am getting pretty good at art and sound, so I do most of it myself, although my gf does some artwork as well. The only things not original is Allegro, but it is free, so I won't get sued for that .

  10. #10
    Has a Masters in B.S.
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    2,267
    yes its illegal,

    what won't happen, unless you game becomes a really big hit, you most likely won't be sued, unless you refuse to comply with a cease and desist order.

    what will happen, if the don't like what your doing they will send you a cease and decist order demanding that you stop distributing their stuff, if you fail to comply they will sue.

    i don't think companies are quite at the level of villiany yet to go after somebody sharing the resurces with a friend. free distribution and they might get a little edgy.

    Conclusion,

    using thier stuff is not a good idea. don't if you can help it.
    ADVISORY: This users posts are rated CP-MA, for Mature Audiences only.

  11. #11
    Rambling Man
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    1,050
    Don't worry, it's not Infogrames who has the legal rights to the game; like they do with Civ3. Microprose owns the rights to Civ2, however, Microprose no longer exists. Basically I wouldn't be too worried about using Civ2 art in a non-commerical game.

    Btw, Civ2 was such an awesome game!!!

  12. #12
    Banned frenchfry164's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Posts
    1,552
    Microprose don't exist anymore? They had some great games. That's a shame.

    But like he said, it is smart to use your own stuff.

  13. #13
    Registered User Kirdra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    105
    Compress the image slightly strech it a bit mix up the textures erm.. put it through a filter and it's a total different image. (and most of the time you'll get some pretty descent stuff)

Popular pages Recent additions subscribe to a feed

Similar Threads

  1. Problem building Quake source
    By Silvercord in forum Game Programming
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 07-11-2010, 10:13 AM
  2. Copyright
    By Magos in forum A Brief History of Cprogramming.com
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-25-2006, 09:43 PM
  3. Copyright issue
    By GanglyLamb in forum Tech Board
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-13-2004, 07:41 PM
  4. Copyright Links
    By Thantos in forum A Brief History of Cprogramming.com
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-08-2004, 09:01 PM
  5. The Davidian Laws of Girls
    By DavidP in forum A Brief History of Cprogramming.com
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 09-27-2002, 03:36 PM

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21