Privacy/Protecting your Work

Updated on March 27, 2016 in [D] Game Dev. gossip
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13 on March 27, 2016

Hey guys. So I am planning on diving in to game dev a lot more and maybe doing some freelancing work. One thing that has been concerning me is the protection of my work, as I don’t want my work to get stolen. I have been thinking about it, and I think I generally know what I should do to protect my work, but I need a second opinion as I might be missing something.

Games- Uploaded to website

Music- Youtube/Soundcloud

Scripts- Assets Store

Artwork (2D) – Deviant Art/Watermarks

Artwork (3D) – Deviant Art/Assets Store/Watermarks

So this is probably my plan for the future for protecting my work, I just want to know if there are any other precautions to take in order to protect my work. Thanks for reading.

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0 on March 27, 2016

Well you already have Copyright on your work so if you can prove it’s yours it really is yours.

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0 on March 27, 2016

I have the same concern. If you upload your game to something like Steam you can easily contact them, and there customer service is not too bad. They could take down the copyrighted content, just make sure as job said you have proof.

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0 on March 27, 2016

On anything you create (at least in the EU and US) you have copyright, so that part is covered.
Actually detecting infringement on it and taking steps to protect your copyright is the difficult part. Especially with code.
If you’re really serious about this, then you might want to speak with a local lawyer about it.

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8 on March 27, 2016

you can buy a copyright.Its between 30 and 60 dollars.

Guru
on March 27, 2016

You always have copyright of your own work. I think you are confusing it with trademarks.

Helpful
on March 27, 2016

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Poems, paintings, plays, stories, songs, software—all are creative works worth protecting.

Generally, your original work is automatically protected by copyright when you create it. However, when you register your copyright, you get a certificate of registration that you can use in court as evidence that you own the protected work.

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on March 27, 2016

I found this on the official website of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

Helpful
on March 27, 2016

Maybe it’s different in US, but it works like that in Canada.

Guru
on March 27, 2016

That certificate is proof that you have copyright indeed.
But you don’t need it, though it’s easier to proof your right in court with it.

Helpful
on March 27, 2016

You dont need it but it stills a good idea. Personnally I prefer to buy a copyright instead of trying to protect my work via websites.Never know what can happen……

on March 27, 2016

so you mean i can copyright my name “BoubalishGames”

Guru
on March 27, 2016

No Iman, that would be a trademark.

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0 on March 27, 2016

Ok great thank you guys. That really makes me feel better.

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