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File:Thrust InGame.png[edit]

Hi. Even if the screenshot of File:Thrust InGame.png is free, aren't the graphics likely to be a derivative work of the original version? -- Trevj (talk) 10:37, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

Hi Trevj. My understanding is that even if the games themselves are similar (and in this case the homebrew is certainly similar to the original), the art itself belongs to whomever created it, unless there are copyrighted or trademarked elements (e.g. a "Donkey Kong" character) within the screenshot that would complicate the issue. (In this case there are no such elements, just generic shape ships, fuel tanks, etc., designed by the homebrewer.) It's analogous to games like Bejeweled and Jewel Mania (jewel games made by competing companies): a screenshot of one game might appear to be "derivative" of a screenshot of the other in that the games themselves are very similar, but the screenshots themselves are still the sole property of the game publisher, who have the rights to distribute them as they wish. Hope that helps. 28bytes (talk) 17:15, 10 January 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for explaining things. I see that although the graphics understandably bear some resemblence to the original, they're less detailed and seem to be of generic appearance, as you state. I'm unfamiliar with both Bejeweled and Jewel Mania, but can understand your point all the same. Sorry and thanks. -- Trevj (talk) 10:00, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
No problem. Cheers, 28bytes (talk) 15:16, 14 January 2013 (UTC)