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Hans Otto
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I made a card game and used some copyright images to make a prettier prototype. I guess for private use I don't have to fear anything. But what shall I do, if I want to share my game on the BGG-Game Design Board? Remove all images or maybe write a specimen over the the images?
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Sturv Tafvherd
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replace the art with something from public domain, or something you drew.
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Markus Weihrauch
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Stormtower wrote:
replace the art with something from public domain, or something you drew.


Absolutely agree to that! Especially here in Germany this can get pretty expensive when "just using" images from Internet.

Maybe you can find some good "unexpensive" stock photos from a single artist which you can contact to get some kind of a discount (or even for free with some attribution etc.).
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Christian Link
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I always thought it quirky to use photos of your play-testers as much as possible when making a prototype, this is easily done by inserting a by-line in the waivers they sign to play-test and taking their photo. Then photoshop away!
Warning: A complete "re-theme" can easily occur as a result of having to change graphics.

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alright. thanks guys! I will redesign them, before I make them public
 
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I've had pretty decent luck recently finding good images on Wikimedia Commons. Most of the images there require attribution (CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, etc) but there are a lot are public domain images too.
 
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Seriously, don't worry about it at all - just post them up and if your game's any good you'll create some buzz and have plenty of time to swap stuff out later. They'll create much more buzz with some half decent pics in there as opposed to being totally ignored when stuffed full of abysmal '80s clip art.
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willsargent wrote:
Seriously, don't worry about it at all - just post them up and if your game's any good you'll create some buzz and have plenty of time to swap stuff out later. They'll create much more buzz with some half decent pics in there as opposed to being totally ignored when stuffed full of abysmal '80s clip art.


No. definitely worry about it. The last thing you want is to crash and burn your reputation as a designer by using artwork or photos without permission. Whatever buzz you might enjoy will be negated by the infamy of your career's death.
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