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Prototype Images and Permission

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maltezefalkon's picture
Joined: 08/01/2008

I'm pitching my game to a potential publisher and want it to look its best. I don't have the money to pay for custom art, and so I want to use images that I've downloaded off of the internet. Obviously I would need permission to sell a game with someone else's artwork. But would a publisher care, however, if I'm using "borrowed" art for my prototype? I've searched extensively and can't find anything in the public domain that matches the look and feel I'm going for.

So I find myself wondering: am I worrying about nothing? Is it unprofessional to show a prototype with unlicensed images? Would this hurt my chances at selling the publisher on my game?

Having been a long-time lurker on BGDF and the BGG forums, I just know that this issue has been addressed in the past, but for some reason, I can't seem to find a post that addresses it directly. Can someone please help me out and point me to a previous post that addresses the issue?

Willi B
Joined: 07/28/2008

I don't think you have anything to worry about.

Obviously, you cannot make money off of those images at any point with including the rights holders.

I wouldn't use rival company images or images belonging to that company unless you are working on an expansion for one of that company's games specifically - and then, only if you have made no money on it whatsoever.

If it bothers you, why not put a clause in your rulebook explaining that the images are not owned by you or credit the images?

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