Yeah, good point. One easy way to accomplish what you suggest is simply
to use the drivers' last name such as Gordon, Johnson, Stewart, Martin,
whatever. Any Nascar fan worth his sault will pretty much know who and
what I mean, but it is technically not in violation of copyright law.
Someone's last name can't be copyrighted simply because it is too
common. A last name like Johnson is so common that I could claim no
relationship to Jimmie Johnson, and Nascar can't press the matter beyond
that. They would have to have absolute proof that I directly meant a
specific person or product.
Same goes for tracks. I could make a track like Datona, but name it
something like Florida Motor Speedway. They can't exactly pitch a fit
about a track designed on an actual track, but named something else.
Good ideas there.
Gary Whittington wrote:
Well,, I seen a some what interesting ways to get around this matter.
I feeling that if you can make the close to the real name. And have
the game able to edit these fields, that the game who wants to have
the realism, that it work take a little effort of the gamer to
correct the names.
Let's say we have Jeff Gordon.
You could let it be Skids Gordan.
Those who would know its really Jeff that should be the nick name of
Skids can change it to Jeff on their own.
Or If the game knows his car number.
YOu could have the info as
Or even if the gamer don't know that is, you could have a link in
your documents to a web site, that the gamer could fetch the info and
I even seen the name just have a character replace one of the letters
in the name like:
It looks like that its have to do with using the full name inside
games that the licenses justpertain. And as long as the game has an
editoring the copyrights can not touch the game since it is not sold
with the exactly names of persons or products.
This would fall in the same thing with sponsors.
If a team is sponsor by "Tide".
The same things above could be used as in "Tiddy Soap"
Gamers may guess this must be "Tide".
But if they don't I feel that what every the sponsorship is nameed, it
don't have to be the real product, but some thing that may souond like
is alright or not.
If The game is good this would be a meer point.
But allowing the gamer to change it to any thing what , being a
actually product or a made up one should be part of the game features.
And since you will be using a computer voice for the track announcer,,
it allows room for a editor in the game.
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