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Posted: 15th Jun 2020 19:40
I have a couple items I got here for free or got on the store.
One is a small bot that looks like the R2-D2 character from StarWars;
named R4-D5.
The other items are the light sabers from Graphix.
Does anyone think it would be a problem to utilize these assets
in a released game?

Would some crazy constipated Uber corporation like Disney fret
over that a tiny impoverished person (me) uses 2 little items that
slightly resemble items in their works? Who knows- IDK??
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Posted: 17th Jun 2020 10:37
They would absolutely fret over something like that, no matter how small and insignificant.
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Posted: 17th Jun 2020 12:29 Edited at: 17th Jun 2020 12:32
Disney are weird about their franchises, they're notorious for pursuing claims against people, yet actively encourage fan art, and tend to give away rights left right and centre, for example all the time Lucas owned Star Wars, the 501st was the only recognised official fan club/reenactment group, and the only ones with the armoury rights to storm trooper armour, now Disney owns Star Wars, they're selling rights to make Armour, and society status to anyone with a few bucks. It's all about money with Disney now, so watch your step around their IP's. If just making games for yourself, friends and family, then you should be ok, but if i goes beyond that to public distribution or selling the games i would tread very lightly, the slightest whiff of money and Disney will send Pluto round to bark at your door.

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Posted: 17th Jun 2020 12:49
May the Force be with you.
Making a game to sell is quite an adventure, with more levels than the game itself.
Always make sure that all the material used in the game is 100% non-copyrighted.
No trademarks, images, sounds, videos, models, textures, etc.
When you download any material before you read the fine print, a model may be free to download but not to use, at least not commercially. (royalty free).
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Posted: 17th Jun 2020 13:11 Edited at: 17th Jun 2020 13:12
This is a grey area, but my G-Sabre's are my work from my mind, the grey area comes from branding 'LightSabre' and 'Starwars' are the trade marks and copyrights, a car is a car and for most they look the same difference is 'Brand' all the weapons in GameGuru are the same as most real life weapons including names.

I look like Tom Cruise LMAO do you think that is copyright infringement ! you see it is very grey but as far as my G-Sabre's are concerned i would use them in a released game, i would also use the street lights i have made i dont think many councils would chase me for infingement but we do sometimes live in a silly world, i dont think Disney would chase you for those items at the most maybe a 'Cease and Desist' but realistically unless you are going to make millions from them i dont personally see any issue.

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Can I claim that my copy is fair use/fair dealing, or de minimis?
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Fair use is a complex area and by its very nature tends to be quite subjective. When a case goes to court a judge will typically make a decision based on a number of factors including the purpose of the use, the nature of the work, the significance of the copied content and the potential impact to the owner's income and reputation. It's important to understand that while the judge may have guidelines and past cases to refer to, there are no simple rules and the outcome can be hard to predict. There have also been cases where a judge has ruled that a use was allowed only to have the decision reversed after appeal; a notable example of the was Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films.

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