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LeGauche
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I'm working on a design for a golf board game. If I produce original art which shows the holes of an actual golf course, do I need permission from the course to publish? I've heard that original art of a public facility is freely available for use, but also that some courses are off-limits. Anybody have first-hand knowledge? (or can refer me to someone likely to know). Thanks,

LeGauche

DSfan
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Golf course use

Why did you post the same question? Because this post is exactly the same as Do I need Permission?

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LeGauche
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Golf course use

Because I was concerned that I'd posted in the wrong forum. "Asked the Expert" seemed like a better choice.

LeGauche

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I finished a golf card game which is pretty cool and works just like the real game. The designs I used for the courses are just from watching the game on tv or playing alot of HOT SHOT GAMES. have you checked out the yellowpages? Sometimes the golf course comapny will print their course in the phone book or just by calling the course up and see what they say. Good luck on your project though.

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Golf course use

Recent discussions here on intellectual property remind me that golf course designs are likely copyrighted works of the designer the club commissioned-- or owned by the club as a Work for Hire. Either way, they are probably not public domain and may require an "art release" or something! Do check.

Chip
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Golf course use

Using pictures or likenesses of actual golf courses without permission is a no no. The designs, images, and names of golf courses are protected. I once worked for a large corporation that did a lot of business with golf courses. Generally speaking they will protect their property. You can't simply go out and use images of Augusta National or Pebble Beach for instance without permission. Even a local, public course can't/shouldn't be used without permission.

EA Sports, Microsoft, and other video game makers pay fairly substantial sums of money to use specific courses in video games. If you want to use names and images of courses, you should get permission.

Chip

Anonymous
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Duely noted about using real golf course facilities is a no-no. But as you see in the Mario games or Outlaw golf v.g.'s I bet that those courses are all made up so its okay to make up names and other designed courses for your games.

That is what makes it unqiue. For the golf travel card game I have designed I have played more then a few golf games on different consoles and have been on the course a few times and even watched the sport on tv. When I have designed the art work for the courses there is no way in the world each design would be exactly like the ones you see in real life. Unless you were going to make another Tiger Wood game or a World Tour PGA game, or Nicolas pga game then you will need some permission.

BullDog

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