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Post » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:12 am

Is there any way to register and having copyrights for your game as an indie game developer?!
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Post » Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:03 pm

Copyright depend on your country, and nothing prevents you as a single user/person to subscribe to a copyright on some work you made.
Check out with some relevant lawyer in your country for more details though.
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Post » Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:31 pm

Where I am from, everything you make is copyrighted to whomever made it or if it's assigned to somebody else, then it's copyrighted to them. It isn't registered like a trademark or patent. May differ for you though! best research it thoroughly.
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Post » Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:00 pm

The real thing you need to be worried about is whether you are infringing on someone else's copyright.
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Post » Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:19 pm

I think in a lot of countries, such as the UK, copyright is automatic. You just need to make sure you can prove the work is yours.
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Post » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:21 pm

I read somewhere, one surefire way to protect your own IP in the event that someone tries to claim that they invented it first, is to put all of your concept art, design documents etc etc into a package, and mail it to yourself, then *don't* open it. This effectively proves that it was at least created before the date of mailing. Only open it in the event of some sort of copy infringement claim.
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Post » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:53 pm

The best solution is to go and speak to a lawyer. Watermarks or digital signatures of your work could also prevent wannabe rippers to claim your work as their own.Each sprite i create for my games are sent to my lawyer along with a unique digital signature.If someone claims my work as their own then i can go on that unique digital signature which proves that i had created that sprite or resource before the ripper got it.
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Post » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:53 am

Thank you all for your replies.Anyway yesterday I did a little research about this topic and I found these articles on Gamasutra.

1-What a new digital game trading law in Europe could mean for you.http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/173538/What_a_new_digital_game_trading_law_in_Europe_could_mean_for_you.php#.UMhqJ4OTwrU

2-What the Copycat Saw: Creative Theft in Mobile and Social Games.http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/134951/what_the_copycat_saw_creative_.php
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