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IANAL (I am not a lawyer), this does not constitute legal advice. (Sidenote: Is it even necessary, i.e. do lawyers actually say this on the internet? Doesn't everyone assume that any advice you receive over the internet is suspect, and you should consult a professional?) Paul Edward Nowak has a great thread on the geek related to many of the common ...


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No singular registry exists. Nor, particularly, is it needed. Copyright expires after some 20-90 years, depending upon country and current laws. So, anything older than 1920 or so is fair game. (Pun intentional.) But note also, if you simply reprint a work with an expired copyright, you can't copyright it in most jurisdictions. The name, however, is ...


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According to MTG Salvation: All foil cards are black-bordered, even those from the last white-bordered core sets, except those from Unhinged which are silver-bordered. A black-bordered foil Thorn Elemental is valid anywhere any other Thorn Elemental is. You can find it, for example, here. Some sites just don't show separate images for foil versions of ...


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0) I am not a lawyer. I am definitely not YOUR lawyer. I don't even play one on TV. 1) go read the circular on Trademark at the USPTO.gov website. 2) Realize that, if you aren't in the US, you need to find the equivalent for wherever you are. Canadian IPO — UK IPO — French IP Agency Directory of Intellectual Property Offices 3) Realize that anywhere you ...


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There will be very different answers to your questions depending on where you plan to sell your expansion. I think Europe in general is much more restrictive about mentioning trademarks without explicit permission than for example North America. You'll probably want to consult a lawyer before going ahead with this.


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The artwork and language may be copyrighted so at a minimum you'd have to create your own. What you should do is call them up and see if they are willing to license their product. Some will, some won't. Here's one good link.


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Images tend to be copyrighted. You'd have to take into consideration both the rights of the photographer, and the depicted person. I'd expect you would have to get both the player's and the photographer's permission to use the images. That permission will most likely cost you a lot of money, especially for people like Messi. You should probably just read ...


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Welcome to the awful world of copyright, intellectual property, license and patent. First of all, a game is not an invention: you can't patent it. Taking inspiration from another game would be a problem of intellectual property. Intellectual property is a very fragile notion. In fact, in most countries, taking the character of Pikachu, making it blue with ...


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Here is what the US Government Copyright Office has to say about the matter: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl108.html Quoting the first paragraph from the above: "Copyright does not protect the idea for a game, its name or title, or the method or methods for playing it. Nor does copyright protect any idea, system, method, device, or trademark material ...



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