Re: Board Game Copyrights
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander Auslander Thomas on December 27, 2000 at 04:39:10:
In Reply to: Board Game Copyrights posted by Jeff on December 27, 2000 at 00:19:00:
: I'm interested in producing board games. It seems many games out there copy playing dynamics from previously copyrighted games. I'm not clear how close a game's playing dynamics can be to a competitor's without inviting legal troubles. Take Monopoly as an example. There are many versions of this game with all different game, card, and property names. Yet the play is essentialy the same. I can't imagine the producers of Monopoly get a cut of sales for all those knock offs, so do they have a course of action to sue?
Your instincts are good. The advice of an Intellectual Property Lawyer whom you can trust could provided a guiding hand to put your ideas in perspective.
There are issues of Patent, Trademark and Copyright all to be considered in the environment of what you want and and you can do.
M. Arthur Auslander
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