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Q: Can I use royalty free car photos in my game if I blure out the logos and other trademarks of the brand?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Using royalty-free car photos in your game, even with blurred logos and trademarks, requires careful consideration of copyright and trademark laws. While blurring the logos and trademarks might reduce the risk of direct trademark infringement, it does not automatically clear legal hurdles, especially if the car models are still recognizable.

Copyright law protects the overall design and appearance of the cars, not just the logos and trademarks. If the cars are distinctive and easily recognizable, using them without permission could potentially lead to copyright infringement claims, even if the trademarks are not visible.

Therefore, it's prudent to either obtain explicit permission from the car manufacturers for using their car designs in your game or to use generic or fictional car designs that do not resemble any real-world vehicles.

It's also advisable to consult with a legal professional who can provide specific advice based on the details of your game and the images you intend to use. They can help ensure that your use of these images aligns with legal requirements and minimizes the risk of infringement.

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