Permissions for game making

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Post » Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:36 pm

1. Must i get Permission from the copyright of the TV series and movies to use their characters and objects and more for my free games(non-commercial games)?

For example: I want to add "zig and sharko" characters for my game and it is owned by Xilam Animations, must i get permission for them for us their characters for my free games (non-commercial games).

another example: I want to use power rangers characters which owned by Saban and Nick, must i get permission for them for us their characters for my free games (non-commercial games).
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Post » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:15 pm

If you want to be legal then yes.
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Post » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:35 pm

So how i get permission to allow me to use their characters for my own free-games?
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Post » Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:21 pm

You'll have to contact them. I can't read their web site, as the language is not English or Chinese, but if you can find it, just look for their contact email, postal address or phone number and ask for permission.

Their site: http://www.xilam.com/xilam/home.html

Normally, they wouldn't let you because it comes down to control over the assets and representation. For example, the company I used to work with would right off the bat reject everyone who wants to create games after our characters unless they were hired by us or partnered with us for that specific purpose.

However, you should still give it a try. You never know if a company like them would want some extra exposure.ginsengsamurai2011-10-26 22:22:40
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Post » Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:24 am

Come up with your own characters... there's no need to copy other company's designs.
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Post » Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:38 am

If you aren't selling the game, aren't claiming ownership of the characters, etc., and crediting the rightful owners, then I don't see the problem. There are thousands of fan-games out there. Sure, some (like, 3) have been shut down, but only because the rightful owners saw them as a threat, or they were profiting from their work.
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Post » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:05 am

Even a fan game should ask permission to use characters/images/intellectual properties in any form first.
Maybe the companies close their eyes on the thousands of known (and less known) fangames out there but legally, you are bond to ask first as long as it is copyrighted material.

Naming the righful owners is a thoughtful/respectful thing to do, but it doesn't prevent you from having a permission first. If they feel like it, companies might take action towards your game (as ginseng samurai said "because it comes down to control over the assets and representation.")Kyatric2011-10-27 07:06:07
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Post » Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:07 am

Well yes, I suppose you should..but good luck even getting their attention.

I'm not trying to say crediting the rightful owners and such makes it legal, but it's definitely something you'll want to do.

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Post » Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:34 am

I wouldnt even bother trying to contact them since what you wanna make is a fan made game and finding contact to the original owner is almoust imposible in the first place.
I would just put in credits "zig and sharko (c) Xilam Animations" and there you go.
But you can try contact them if you can, I just see no reason to spend time on such thing for a non profit fan game.
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Post » Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:51 am

Considering how litigious society is in general these days, is it really worth the risk?
If your vision so exceeds your ability, then look to something closer.
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