Q: Game Copyrights, and Intellectual Property
I am planning on making a 2D Platformer game (when finished, I want it to be released on Steam, and possibly outside of the US if sales are good). I will be making the music for the game - I don't know too much on how copyrights work besides the fact that I have to file it, and I don't know how to do that. What are some key things to consider in terms of law when making a game to protect it, along with the IP...?
A: The game product you envision has elements that, as the fruits of your original creative effort, are separate subjects of copyright: the code, the visual appearance, and the music. To assure the greatest protection for your work(s), you should register the copyright in each of these elements. Then you will be prepared to license the game for reproduction and sale, and to take action against any unauthorized exploitation of your work. You should consult with me or another experienced copyright attorney to take the appropriate steps to manage your valuable assets.
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