Publication of an Age of Empires screenshot in a book. Copyright protection?

Discus and support Publication of an Age of Empires screenshot in a book. Copyright protection? in XBoX Games and Apps to solve the problem; I'm seeking permission to use this screenshot (Age of Empires PC Game) for publication in a book on maps. I am not sure if I am allowed to publish... Discussion in 'XBoX Games and Apps' started by SimonKuestenmacher, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. Publication of an Age of Empires screenshot in a book. Copyright protection?


    I'm seeking permission to use this screenshot (Age of Empires PC Game) for publication in a book on maps.

    I am not sure if I am allowed to publish this map under the "fair use" guidelines. I couldn't find an email on the microsoft website to ask a relevant department. Any help would be highly appreciated!


    Publication of an Age of Empires screenshot in a book. Copyright protection? [​IMG]


    My book features 100+ maps. This screenshot is meant to accompany a map showing the “fog of war” (the black and unexplored areas in the Age of Empires screenshot). I am speaking positively about the game and the style of map in my book.

    This is where I found the screenshot: https://www.old-games.com/download/6039/age-of-empires

    :)
     
    SimonKuestenmacher, Oct 13, 2019
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  2. ThisGameIsSucky Win User

    Publication of an Age of Empires screenshot in a book. Copyright protection?

    Age of Empires has had a lot of developers over the years, contacting anyone of them through their websites (assuming they're not defunct) should constitute a foundation for getting permission to use their games assets in a publication. You're most likely
    not going to reach the people you're looking for on the forums. Writing a letter to Xbox Game Studios (because they're the current publisher/apparent owner of the series) may also be a good start. You'd have to look up a physical address online, I'm unsure
    as if we're allowed to post stuff like that on the forums. Their contact office phone number should also be online as well if you wanted to attempt to call them about it.

    This Wiki articles shows a majority of the developers over the years.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Empires
  3. AridLizard Win User

    Publication of an Age of Empires screenshot in a book. Copyright protection?

    it should fall under "Fair Use" as it is used for "review/criticism" and is only a small percentage of the total new work (your book)

    most importantly, it doesn't deprive the copyright holder of the commercial value of the original work (your book is not a market substitute for Age of Empires).

    this link might be helpful, although it is a long read and some of it is heavy going.

    https://www.morse.law/news/writers-guide-to-fair-use

    I hope this is of some help
  4. MightyQuinn75 Win User

    Publication of an Age of Empires screenshot in a book. Copyright protection?

    Well the team has done a great job in helping. I just wanted to say how interesting the book sounds. I use digital games now. However, I adored the gaming maps that used to come in cases so much I have lots of them on my living room wall.
  5. NeoDan123 Win User

    Publication of an Age of Empires screenshot in a book. Copyright protection?

    I would suggest you have a look in the link below. It gives you a rundown of what the legal department has set out regarding the use of intelectual property.

    I see there is a contact email to find out more about using clips, screenshots etc.

    https://www.xbox.com/en-us/developers/rules
  6. G v zauBerBerg Win User

    Publication of an Age of Empires screenshot in a book. Copyright protection?

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