Intellectual Property

We want you to know that your intellectual property is protected when you use The Game Crafter.

Who owns the copyright to my game?

When you upload a game to The Game Crafter, you still retain all rights to the game. We do not assume your copyrights or trademarks. In fact, other than our logo on the blank large pro box or inside a tuck box, The Game Crafter is not mentioned in your game components unless you put it in there yourself.

Can I sell my game through other retailers, websites, etc.?

Absolutely!  You can choose to sell your game however (and wherever) you like.  

What if I want to stop selling my game at TGC?

While we hope you don't ever want to do that, it's very easy to stop selling your game at The Game Crafter. Simply go to  My Games page, and click the Manage button next to your game and then click Unpublish. It's as simple as that. Your game is no longer for sale on our site, except to you.

How do you protect my game from theft?

Seeking out and dealing with copyright, patent, or trademark violations is not something we can help you with. Seek the services of a law firm. However, we don't share the digital components (images and PDFs) of your game with anyone. The only thing we sell are physical copies of your game, and you are paid a royalty on those sales.

If I use TGC to make prototypes, can I still get my game published elsewhere?

Absolutely. We'll happily make your prototypes for you. Whether you want to sell your game in our shop, through another publisher, by self-publishing, or any combination therein is totally up to you.

Can I make a game using copyrighted items if I don't intend to sell it to others?  

We cannot print games containing copyrighted items used without permission, even if they are intended for personal use only.  

Can I make my own Magic: The Gathering cards, for my own personal use only?  

No, you may not make any MTG cards for any reason unless you've received express written permission from Wizards of the Coast to do so, and have provided us with a copy of this written permission and contact information so that it can be verified.  

Can I make my own custom version of Monopoly?

We checked with our friends over at  USAopoly to see if there were any rules about creating custom monopoly games. They provided us with the legal text from Hasbro that is on the official versions of Monopoly that they make:

"HASBRO and its logo, the MONOPOLY name and logo, the distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its property trading game and game equipment, © 1935, 2015 Hasbro.  All rights reserved."

The understanding is that this legal text covers the Monopoly logo, Monopoly name, Mr. Monopoly images, the 4 corners of the board (GO, Jail, Free Parking and Go To Jail) the color bars above the game board spaces, the chance (question mark) and community chest (treasure chest) symbols.

There are some generic “opoly" games made by a company called  Late for The Sky. You can take a peek at the games on their site to see how much they change in their games to avoid copyright infringement. Understand that this information is presented as general guidance but has not been vetted by an attorney. However, we will not print copies of "Opoly" games unless they do not infringe upon any of the areas mentioned above.

Can I make a fan expansion for one of my favorite games?

You cannot use any images (including card back images), characters, logos, or names from the original game unless you have received express written permission from the copyright holder to do so.  

Can I have "The Pokemon Drinking Game" printed here?

No.

I want to make a game of my favorite TV show, movie, book, video game, etc. Can I make that through TGC?

If you don't own the associated copyrights, trademarks, or patents, and you don't have written consent to use those products, including but not limited to images, symbols and mechanics, then you cannot use them in your game. **This is true even if you do not intend to sell your game to others.**  If you ignore this warning and create a game containing them anyway, we will delete it. If anyone claims that you are infringing upon their rights, we'll take your game offline until you have proven otherwise.

Can I make a prototype using copyrighted items?

Not unless you've contacted the copyright holder and received express written permission to use those items in your prototype.

What if I've received permission to use copyrighted items in my game?

In that case, it's a good idea to start by sending an e-mail to info@thegamecrafter.com with a copy of the permission, as well as contact information for the copyright holder so that the permission can be verified.  If you've already placed an order for your game, please include the order number in your e-mail; this will help keep your order from being delayed or cancelled.  

Can I make a game that contains photos/names/likenesses of my favorite celebrities?

Not unless you have express written permission to do so, from whoever is legally authorized to grant it. 

Can I make a copy of an old/out-of-print game?

No, not unless you've received express written permission from the copyright holder(s) to do so.

Can I make a game that contains photos of my favorite toys or products?

No, not unless you've received express written permission from the copyright holder(s) to do so.  

Can I make a game that uses quotes from books/speeches/movies/songs?

No, not unless you've received express written permission from the copyright holder(s) to do so.  

Can I make play money that uses actual images of US currency?

No, because our play money is not small (or large) enough to meet the size requirements and is printed double-sided.  For more information about the legal requirements when using images of US currency to create play money, you can visit https://www.moneyfactory.gov/resources/lawsandregulations.html

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