Copyright Aid Forum Index
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in   Main siteC A Main Site 

Same title and subject

 
   Copyright Aid Forum Index -> Copyright Law

Post new topic   Reply to topic    Copyright Aid Forum Index -> Copyright Law
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
chamberzezz
New Member
New  Member


Joined: 12 Sep 2013
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:36 am    Post subject: Same title and subject Reply with quote

Hello,

I'm new to this if I'm honest I have no idea what I'm doing but I'll just go for it.

Basically need advise on a small subject. A group of friends and I are currently in the process of making an independent computer game. We've been slugging it out for over a year now. During that time was also gave the game a title.

But, only yesterday it was brought to our attention that an author will be releasing a book with the same name and much to our dismay, the same genre. Zombies.

As far as I know, the setting is different, characters and plot.... To be honest if there was any similarities then that would be spooky.

So, my question is this. Will we need to change the name? It's kind of stuck with us so it will be a pain to change it (our little baby) ... But if we have to, then we'll have no choice.

Many thanks
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
AndyJ
Oracle
Oracle


Joined: 29 Jan 2010
Posts: 1529

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi chamberzezz,
Based on your account there should be no problem here. First of all you created your game and choose its title completely independently of the book and that is a complete defence under copyright law (known as independent creation). The author of the book would have to prove you had had prior access to his manuscript in order for you to copy any aspect of it.
Secondly, titles of books are generally regarded as too short to attract copyright.
And whether or not your game includes any features found in the book, the author would have to show that a substantial part of his work had been copied, which, given the generic nature of zombie fiction, would only relate to something utterly novel which he had included in the book that could not to be found elsewhere within the genre. Given the plethora of books, TV programs, films, graphic novels etc featuring zombies, I don't think you need have any worries.
_________________
Advice or comment provided here is not and does not purport to be legal advice as defined by s.12 of Legal Services Act 2007
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
chamberzezz
New Member
New  Member


Joined: 12 Sep 2013
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your reply Andyj. Really appreciate it. It's put my mind at rest.

I guess the only thing now is if we want our game to have the same name. But we do like it Smile

Thanks again.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Copyright Aid Forum Index -> Copyright Law All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1
 

You must be logged in to post  Log inLog in
Want to join in? New members are always welcome  RegisterRegister & join the discussion

 

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum



This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group