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Distribution licence?

Postby yulia » Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:52 am

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Hi, i have a few questions to ask, i kept searching and i found this site.
Hopefully anyone here can give me an answer regarding some licensing info and also will appreciate some advice.

In order to run a business, mainly to offer gaming service like - board games/card games
To name a few -Risk, Scrabble, Pictionary, Cluedo, Uno, Monopoly...etc

Is there any required fee or licensing involved with the game distributor company?
Or it's free to use once purchased?

Re: Distribution licence?

Postby Derek Pater » Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:15 pm

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I have contacted my Inventor friend who has developed new board games, I am not sure on this so I have asked someone who knows!.

You will have the answer posted here in the next 2 days

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Re: Distribution licence?

Postby Derek Pater » Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:15 pm

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Hopefully other Inventors on this Forum have more information for you?

Hi Derek

Interesting question.

May be it like a disco with music
once you purchase the song you can play it and all can listen.
Or like a pool hall once you purchase the table you can charge a fee
to play a game pool.

cheers Jack

Re: Distribution licence?

Postby CriterionD » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:58 pm

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As far as "free to use once you purchase" is concerned, it depends what you purchase. Software (usually copyrighted) likely comes with a licensing agreement, and one copy is probaly good for personal use but...

And then you have to be concerned with trademark issues. If consumers would be confused into thinking you were associated with any of these games or there manufacturers, you would run into issues.

Are there in force patents? Once you buy something, there is usually an implied licene. Of course though, there are complications that could arise, partially as a result of actual complications which could arise, and partially as a result of litigation hungry lawyers.

In summary, you may very well be good to go, but its tough to say without more info...
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Re: Distribution licence?

Postby yulia » Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:41 pm

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sounds good..

yes it's exactly my concern like said
May be it like a disco with music -once you purchase the song you can play it and all can listen.
Or like a pool hall - once you purchase the table you can charge a fee to play a game pool.

and thanks for the replies.. anywhere i can dig up more information on these?

Re: Distribution licence?

Postby CriterionD » Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:32 am

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yulia wrote:May be it like a disco with music -once you purchase the song you can play it and all can listen.


That is not true. After you purchase a song, you generally CANNOT play it in public without violating someone's copyright rights. You have to purchase performance rights first, or something to that extent.

http://www.ascap.com/licensing/licensingfaq.html

When you are talking about playing games in public, however, copyright law might or might not come into play depending on exactly what you are referring to.
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