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Are fan made video games using sprites/elements from their official counterparts legal?

Asked by neonez (389points) February 16th, 2008

and if so why? I’m all for them of course but I can’t see how they aren’t prohibited by some law or another at least in the United States.

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Well, if you’re building a free to play online game, then there’s no foul as long as you correctly cite the copyright information (i.e. all characters and sprites are owned by the Nintendo Corporation, yada yada yada…). You just can’t make a game with official Mario sprites, put it on a disk, and sell it to people, because the rights to those characters are owned by Nintendo and they would have grounds to sue you.

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couldn’t Nintendo sue saying that potential buyers may instead play fan games?

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