Legal issues of writing a book about a video game?
October 14, 2011 12:26 PM Subscribe
What legal issues might I run into when writing an instructional guide book for a video game?
posted by joshrholloway to Law & Government (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in writing a tutorial/manual/instruction manual/guide book for a relatively popular video game. I'd like to publish the book in electronic and (eventually) physical form, and charge a nominal fee for it.
Am I allowed to use trademarked terms, such as the name of the game, characters, etc.? Am I allowed to use screenshots of the game? For an enhanced ebook, what about videos? I know that fair use can generally cover works created for educational purposes, but does that mean I can't charge for it?
Also, to throw another monkey wrench into the works, the developer of the game is not in the US, so are there special international laws that apply here?
(Yes, I know you are not my lawyer.)