Questions tagged [legal]

USE WITH CAUTION. Questions asking if something is (il)legal are off topic here. Use this tag for questions concerning EULAs, Terms of Service, Licensing & Public Domain queries or otherwise related to the laws that protect games, their creators and their consumers.

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Can I obtain a Steam copy of a game if I own it on the Mac App Store?

I own Construction Simulator 2015, which I bought on the Mac App Store. I would like to get a Steam copy so I can play on my (new, more powerful) Windows 10 PC, but I don't want to purchase the game ...
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How are levels for Super Mario Maker 2 licensed?

Who owns copyright on the Super Mario Maker 2 levels produced by users? My initial assumption had been Nintendo, but I have been unable to find the EULA available publicly. Do level creators have ...
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How to acquire Minecraft: Education?

I am teaching a young kid programming and he is super into Minecraft world. I found out that Minecraft: Education has this thing called an Agent that can be controlled via a code-blocks type of ...
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Is it against Minecraft's TOS to play Splitscreen on PC?

I've found a way to play splitscreen on Minecraft PC thanks to the internet where I run the game twice or thrice on the same computer on the same account but just change the name of the player in ...
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Battlefield 1: Transfer License from PS4 to XBOX ONE

I've bought Battlefield 1 downloading it from the Playstation Store, but I will need to have it on my XBOX One, without using it anymore on the PS4. Is it possible to transfer the license (by means ...
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Can I make videos on warframe gameplay?

Can I make videos on warframe gameplay? I can't deduce it from the terms, I saw plenty out there though I am still no quite sure.
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Do Steam or Battle.Net Terms of Service restrict the ability to play games remotely via streaming?

I find myself frequently moving between two locations, and I'm finding I have to move my PC from one location to another. I've thought about simplifying this, and one way to do this might be to stream ...
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Which is the correct Pokemon GO ToS to follow here?

There are two Terms of Service (ToS) related to this game: http://www.pokemon.com/uk/terms-of-use/ https://www.nianticlabs.com/terms/pokemongo/en According to the first ToS, I cannot install the ...
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What happens if I exceed Steam's transaction threshold?

I know that you have to put in billing information for Steam Community market once you make over 200 transactions in a year or $20,000 in USD, and if you exceed the $20k threshhold you get income ...
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Is there a legal way to obtain games not available in certain Steam regions?

I'm currently living in Japan. These are the games that I want to buy but for some reason (publisher's discretion?) is not available: Valkyria Chronicles Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series Is there ...
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Is using Steam Achievement Manager (SAM) against Steam rules?

First off, I'll give some background on why I'm asking this: I enjoy Steam achievement hunting, so I have no intention of unlocking all achievements. However, there are several games (E.g. Spiral ...
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What is the legality of Pokemon showdown? [closed]

http://pokemonshowdown.com has been around for a while, and it is still up and running today. Is it because it is legal to play there? Or are there other factors in play?
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Is it legal to import software(Game) from the US to India, which is not for sale in India?

I am a big fan of GTA (Grand Theft Auto) and I am a PC gamer waiting for GTA V PC version for months now. I have seen that it will be available on Jan 27th on amazon.com and we can pre-order it. As ...
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Does using Bots in WoW Break the ToS?

Does using bots in WoW break the Terms of Service if you are indeed present of the computer and chatting away like nothing is happening? I say this because I notice who are just doing the EXACT same ...
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What licenses do I need to use Minecraft in class?

The children in my class would like a private lan server set up in school for MC. However I am a noob although I have played it via a vanilla server a while ago. The school are willing to provide ...
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Legal ways of playing old games that aren't for sale any longer

There are a few old games that I want to play again (mostly Earthbound for the SNES), however I am finding it REALLY hard to get hold of a copy for a good price, as well as the requirement of ...
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Where can I find EULAs for games BEFORE I purchase them?

After impulse buying NFS: Hot Pursuit for €6.8, I noticed that Steam needed me to accept its EULA. That EULA mentioned I might have to install EA Download Manager Origin to get some content. I was not ...
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Are the Strategic Simulation Inc. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons games now in the public domain?

Does anyone know for certain whether or not the AD&D games produced by SSI in the '80s have been released to the public domain? I have seen them offered for download at several abandonware sites, ...
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Is playing MW2 via AlterIW legal?

Long ago, I bought a copy of MW2. As I run it, it requests me to make a Steam account and assign the game to it — otherwise, it doesn't let me do anything at all. Not even single player. :( On ...
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Other than being ethically correct, what are the benefits of playing with original game CDs?

Guys please don't take me in the wrong sense. I am not advocating for piracy. In fact I want to know about the advantages of playing with original game CDs so that I can attract gamers in my region, ...
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When I buy a game, what do I actually pay for?

Recently a discussion came up among friends. Some of us like to record our gameplay and put it up in YouTube, own3D, etc. Problem is, some of us are getting copyright strikes/claims, on audio as well ...
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Can two accounts play a game only bought on one account, on the same computer?

I play Garry's Mod a lot and I am over at a friends house who also enjoys games. I downloaded steam for her and I noticed that Garry's Mod is downloaded onto my hard drive. I legally own the game, ...
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What can/should you do if you buy a fake copy of a game? [closed]

I recently purchased a copy of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride from a large retail corporation. It turns out that the game is a fake, as I cannot advance beyond the first scene of the game....
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How do you know whether a game is in the Public Domain?

There's a lot of games out there whose original creators have long gone out of business. How (if at all) do these enter the Public Domain, and how can you tell? Are there other kinds of abandon ware?