I want to print my road trip card game where you have to look for specifics things along the way.
I do all my drawings myself so no problem with copyrights, but on some cards, you have to look for a MacDonald's or a Burger king. Would those be accepted to print?
Technically, even if you are drawing it yourself in your own hand (as opposed to using a photograph you took), if you are using a trademarked or copyrighted logo or image, it is still under the ownership of the company that owns that trademark or copyright.
You would be better off (although not better, sadly) to have a 'Burger Joint', 'Chicken Joint' or a 'Taco Stand' that may imply a certain food chain without naming them directly, and letting the player make the association...
We are not lawyers so we are not qualified to answer that question. But based on past experience with other game designers, I would strongly recommend listening to tarotbear's advice. You can never get into legal trouble with using generic names or themes. :)
Yep, it may seem like personal use means this is okay but you have to remember that The Game Crafter is a commercial entity and we would be making money producing components that have the intellectual property of others. (without their consent/approval) See the issue?
Technically, you can make ONE copy of absolutely anything for yourself - copy the Sistene Chapel ceiling, paint your own Mona Lisa, build yourself a copy of a Star Wars character or costume - but once any money changes hands - even a penny - you have broken the law.
Since TGC is a commercial site - you get a Shop Page to sell your game/deck/whatever - YOU still have to pay TGC to produce your one copy - BIG GRAY AREA - and I am sure TGC will not want to get in the middle of this issue.
Not a lawyer here, either - but if you were to get yourself a blank deck of cards and color/draw/paint yourself a single copy of anything onto those cards - you are within the copyright laws of the USA. Once it goes to a commercial printer - all sorts of laws you never heard of may apply. Best to go online and research 'Using Copyrighted or Trademarked Images' and check this out.
A generic 'Chicken Joint', 'Taco Joint', 'Rib Joint', or 'Burger Palace' card cannot be copyrighted.
Thanks a lot for your answers. Drawing a few cards again is a small price to pay to get my game printed on quality cards. Since it's a family game. my children will know what to look for even if I modify trademark logo and name on it.
Glad I found this place!