copyright and screenshot

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by mag_miksch, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. Maybe a strange question, I didnt find anything about it. How is the situation
    if you make a screenshot from a game and use it as eg. background for a
    portrait.<br>Thanks and Kind Regards<br>Martin
  2. It is definitely copyrighted material you'll be "appropriating".
  3. You'll notice, if you look at the licensing information on the game's packaging and probably also in every bit of fine print that they provide as you start it up and agree to use it, that the authors and publishers of the game very likely consider their work to be protected, and reserve all rights to the images that are rendered within the game. I'm not a lawyer, but that being said: if you're doing this for your own amusement, it probably doesn't matter. But if you intend to exhibit the final work - and ESPECIALLY if you intend to sell it or us it in any way to promote yourself, it's a fair bet that you'd be infringing on the game creators' copyrights. It's really not very different than someone using a part of an image that YOU created as a backdrop for one of their own portraits.

    Get creative. You can probably synthesize something far more interesting yourself, or better yet: use the real world as fuel.

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