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Using 'real' cars for a tabletop game Licensing

Discussion in 'Copyright, Trademark, Patent Law' started by Ryan83, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. Ryan83

    Ryan83 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Hi, I'm an indie game designer and I'm developing a tabletop (card and dice) game based on rally driving. I'm about to start modelling the cars in 3D and would ideally like to base them on real rally cars from the last 30 years.

    What is the law regarding using the likeness (exact 3d replica) of a car and using real car names for a print-on-demand resale item?

    To expand the question further, would I also be permitted to use the actual car sponsor logos (such as Martini Racing, Castrol, Mobil 1 etc) if I included a disclaimer stating that the game was not endorsed by any car manufacturer or their affiliated sponsors.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. disagreeable

    disagreeable Well-Known Member

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    You would need to obtain permission from the corporation manufacturing the car in the countries you wish to license/sell the software.
     
  3. Ryan83

    Ryan83 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    It's not software, it's a card and dice game.

    What if I just used the likeness of a car and called the car something else?

    Also, would the law be the same for an artist who paints a picture of a car and sells the prints?
     
  4. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    You're in the UK. This is a US focused law forum only because only a smattering of us are conversant in laws outside the US.

    Plus, you'd need to be aware of EU laws in this area, too.

    See a solicitor near you for starters. Good luck.
     
  5. Ryan83

    Ryan83 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Sorry, I should have said the game is being manufactured and sold predominantly in the US.
     
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    disagreeable Well-Known Member

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    You would need permission from the corporation, the racing team and the Sponsors of the car.
     
  7. Ryan83

    Ryan83 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Ok thanks. And if I was an artist painting a real car with real sponsors? Would I need permission to re-sell the prints?
     
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    disagreeable Well-Known Member

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    yes you would need their permission.

     
  9. Ryan83

    Ryan83 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    ok thanks. It's just that I was speaking to a prolific F1 artist who said he hadn't had any issues in the last 10 years so I don't think it's as black and white as you state. If it they did take issue with it though, I would get a cease and desist and I would just alter the branding a little.
     

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