Hi guys, we’re a vfx animation studio about to dip our toes into the mobile games market and would like a bit of industry know how. Basically if we were to say make a driving game which features known car models would we have to get these officially licensed by the manufacturer’s i.e Nissan, Honda etc? Also say we had a flying object that transformed into a robot for example and looked similar to popular transforming robot design is this cool or are there certain regulations regarding likeness etc?
Just wondering how people go about these issues?
ps we’re not about to make a transformers ripoff game just to clarify!!!
For your second question, how similar? You can make transformer robots, however a yellow robot that transformed into a muscle car would be close to infringing. Plus your dealing with large companies with lots of lawyers looking to earn their pay, so unless you can afford good lawyers, it doesn’t pay to risk being shutdown.
And finally, before you do anything, you should talk to a good IP lawyer and ask him these questions. It may cost you, but the answers will be authoritative, which free answers on a BBS are not.