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red hare
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Hi All,

I think there's alot of information out there about the limitations for using copyright to protect a board game, but has anyone considered copyrighting the map of a board game. Couldn't it be copyrighted just as you would any artistic work like a picture or a painting? Sure someone could make minor changes to it and then avoid infringement, but am I right in assuming that it is possible to do it in the first place?

Thanks for your input in advance!!!

ReneWiersma
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Yes, the map of a board game

Yes, the map of a board game is a unique piece of art and therefore copyrighted. Remember you don't actually have to do anything to get the copyright on something, when you create something it is automatiicaly protected by copyright.

ilta
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blah blah blah i'm not a

blah blah blah i'm not a lawyer blah blah

Someone could make a small change, and ARGUE that they weren't breaking your copyright, but they won't necessarily win. They also won't necessarily lose either.

Copyright law is tricky like that. But "Fair Use" isn't a thing you do, it's a legal defense, like "self defense" -- you can say killing that guy was self defense, but it's up to the court to decide if it actually was or wasn't.

red hare
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Thanks Rene and Ilta for your

Thanks Rene and Ilta for your comments!!!

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