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Brad Chalmers
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Hi all,

My friend and I have designed a card game which we're almost ready to publish.

It's a fast paced modern military game with unique game mechanics and we've decided to go with photo images, rather than illustrated ones.

My issue is trying to contact rights holders of certain images from China. The standard approach of contacting the website which hosts images is yet to yield success. A Chinese work colleague has said don't worry about it but I'd prefer to cover all my bases just in case.

Just wondering if anyone else has gone down this road before and how do they deal with it?

The images I'm trying to get permission to use are of Chinese Special Forces.

I can't wait to try and add North Korean units :-)

Cheers

Pydna

 
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Jeremy Lennert
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Have you tried looking for pictures that are already explicitly free to use?

Google has a filter for this in the advanced settings of its image search--I wouldn't trust it completely, but it could be a useful starting point (check the individual sites to confirm licenses).
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Brad Chalmers
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Hi Jeremy

Yes I did that for the vast majority of the cards, however these ones are not showing up through the Google Advanced Search filter.

I have a lead on a different Chinese website so I'm following that too.

Just want to get this stuff checked off so we get published.


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Gláucio Reis
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Does China even have copyright laws?
 
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Brad Chalmers
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lol - well yeah they do have copyright laws. They signed up to international agreements but I get your point.

A friend who is chinese said that it almost impossible to track down the legitimate rights holders as everyone pretty much copies everything.

But I figure I have to try.

The next game we're working on will be using created artwork - engaging an artist so at least we'll know where we stand for that project.

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