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Old 03-06-2007, 11:41 PM   #1
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GPL Games and Story/World Copyright

I am currently in the process of starting to design an Open source game. I am in the very early stages and would like advice on how the GPL relates to the story and the World the Game would create. For example if the game became popular and a Book or Movie was based around the game who if any one would they have to get permission from to use the story contained within the Game.

If i understand this article correctly then they may not have to obtain permission from any one at all because the copyright may be difficult to enforce. If this is the case are there any solutions or alternative licenses to get around this.
Old 03-07-2007, 01:42 AM   #2
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licencing is one thing - copyright is another.
if you make some programm (or game) open source under the gpl - your code is freely available to everybody - but has to refer back to you when using snippits or the entire code - and people are free to make changes and redestribute.
the story though does not have to be released under the same licence, as your gamecode and your story can also be physically seperate, and you can choos a license which would protect your copyright.

copyright is dependant on the country you live in. but a lot eaier to get - (again depending on the country) in most european countries (e.g.) you have a copyright on anything you make, any photo you have taken, etc.
but you need means of proof. an easy way of proof (again i only know about european countries) is to burn the data on a cd, slip it in an evelope and post it to yourself. once you get your letter, do not open it, but keep it safe.
the date on the stamp will count as your copyright date for the contents of the cd and is recognized as valid by every solicitor.
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If you plan to make the game GPL I would probobly make the copyright related permissions very very clear.


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