Blue Ridge, GA asked in Copyright, Gaming and Trademark for Georgia

Q: Can I make a web-comic using screenshots from a video game?

More specifically, can I tell the story of the game, using screenshots, edited into a web-comic format? Would the story have to be original? Is there any variation of this idea that could be monetized?

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Erik Špila
Erik Špila
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Senec, Slovakia

A: Yes, you can use screenshots from a videogame to make some new piece of author work. Considering that the screenshots are also yours. In my opinion it is same as making a YouTube videos in-game and then monetizing your gaming channel. Story should be original if you want to be an author of the story.

For monetizing variations I would need more information and more of your ideas, as there can be dozens of these available. Also some of them may not be legal, but as I said, I would need more information to answer this.

Contact me anytime if you need advice on gaming, copyright or trademark law.

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