Your Videogame and Fair Use Copyright Law

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The videogame world and the copyright office do have their collisions. In our modern digital culture, a video game can have as much popular mindspace as a popular film or television show. So, naturally, a big game can create opportunities for parody, comment, and post-modern artistic manipulation.

We saw this question on Quora recently:

Can a parody style fan game have Fair Use protection if it uses the original game’s art assets?

And here’s our answer:

Yes, although you can still get taken to court if your original game’s publisher is aggressive.

Fair Use isn’t guaranteed; it’s a legal line that gets tested in court when a case arises. There’s a couple good online tools that will help you assess and strengthen your argument like the Fair Use Evaluator .

My advice is if your game is fan-built, truly parodic, and unlikely to make a profit, go for it. The publisher is unlikely to see it.
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Warning: may or may not be game writing related. But isn’t video content inherently writing-related?

Mr. Tumnus (James McAvoy) meets several women who have recently arrived in Narnia.

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