NIX HYDRA GAMES, INC. FAIR USE ASSET POLICY

Effective Date:  November 1, 2021

 

Fan Works and Merchandise Policy

 

We at Nix Hydra know how much you, our fans, love our stories, and enjoy creating your own artwork inspired by our games. We are often asked what is OK and what is not OK to create, share, sell, reproduce, etc., so we have this policy to help guide you. We do not restrict fan use of our artwork entirely, but ask that you follow this when it comes to using our artwork and brand.​​

 

  • We LOVE original fan art and fiction (as defined below). We encourage you to keep creating original work for the whole community to enjoy.

  • Making and selling limited, hand-made fan merchandise and/or fan interactive media inspired by our games (“products”) is mostly acceptable, and does not require written permission from us. However, we do not permit mass-produced or mass-distributable products (unless you have our written consent).

 

  • If your products conform to the above policy, then we need you to make it clear that your products are not official Nix Hydra Games, Inc. products, and are not authorized by us. Specifically, do not use the trademarks, icons, or logos from any of our games, and this includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • The Arcana

  • FictIf

  • Last Legacy

  • Roadkill

  • Two Against the World

  • Catch Me in Miami

  • For the Love of Gods

  • Ghosted

  • Heir to Love & Lies

  • Monster Manor

  • Hollywoodland

  • Do not make or sell products that are significantly similar to official products that are or have been offered by Nix Hydra Games, Inc. or any authorized licensed partner. You can view these on the Nix Hydra Games Store, or email store@nixhydragames.com for questions relating to merchandise.​

  • Do not make or sell products based on significantly similar artwork or design to that of the artwork found in Nix Hydra Games, Inc. games and merchandise. This includes, but is not limited to traced art, artwork taken directly from our games, or that can be mistaken for an existing asset / product created by Nix Hydra Games, Inc. 

 

  • You can only sell products directly to consumers or on limited third-party fulfilment sites. Do not sell them on large e-commerce sites such as Gumroad, Society6, Displate, Ebay or Amazon. Utilizing third-party fulfillment platforms, including but not limited to Redbubble, and TeePublic is formally allowed, but not encouraged.

  • Do not associate Nix Hydra Games, Inc. or any of our games or brands with content that runs counter to the spirit of our games, i.e. content that is offensive, inappropriate, or otherwise inflammatory.

  • Do not data mine our games for artwork, including but not limited to character sprites, backgrounds, illustrations, and UI/UX. Do not distribute the scripts in any way, shape or form.​

  • You may share our art assets for FREE to friends and family, as long as you share for personal, non-commercial purposes, and there is absolutely no option for you to monetize from this (including setting a “pay-what-you-want” amount).

 

  • Creating ‘clean copies’ of in-game assets with personal watermarks attached is considered unauthorized redistribution, and is therefore against this policy.

  • Uploading original fan fiction based on Nix Hydra Games, Inc. properties to aggregation and archive websites including, but not limited to Archive of Our Own, Wattpad, FanFiction.net, tumblr.com, etc. is permitted.

  • Original fan art in the style of Nix Hydra Games, Inc. is permitted.

 

  • We reserve the right to ask you to remove any works at any time at our sole discretion for any reason. We likewise reserve the right to update this policy at any time and for any reason.

Examples of permitted use of Official Nix Hydra Games, Inc. artwork includes but is not limited to:

  • Personal blog headers

  • Memes

 

  • Background on your own phone / computer / tablet

Examples of acceptable fan merchandise:

  • Small limited quantity (up to 50 of any single product) of products with hand-drawn or digital original art that is inspired by our games, but has clear and notable differences and does not use official logos, icons, or trademarks, to be sold on Etsy or at local cons.

  • Examples of allowed products include but are not limited to; stickers, t-shirts, prints, jewelry, charms, standees, office supplies.

 

  • Limited runs of print or PDF media such as zines, or other anthologies is permitted. However, we ask that any zine or anthology project be not-for-profit. We encourage donating any anthology proceeds to a charitable organization of the project leader or committee’s choice.

  • Small limited quantity of products inspired by Nix Hydra Games, Inc. games / characters such as scent inspired candles.

Examples of unacceptable fan merchandise:

 

  • Artwork taken from Nix Hydra Games, Inc. merchandise and sold in any product, no matter the format (e.g. stickers, pins, posters, etc.).

  • Artwork bearing a near identical design to existing artwork found in Nix Hydra Games, Inc. games being sold on any product.

 

  • Artwork taken from Nix Hydra Games, Inc. to be used as promotional materials for fan merchandise sales.

  • Original fan art inspired from Nix Hydra Games, Inc. properties being mass-produced.

 

Examples of unacceptable artwork:

  • Original fan art depicting recognizable Nix Hydra Games, Inc. characters engaging in unacceptable or graphic acts, or acts deemed to incite hate to any person regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religious background.

Definition of Fan Art:

  • Nix Hydra Games, Inc. defines fan art as any visual, mixed media, and/or transformative work composed by an artist in question.

  • Using in-game assets as bases to trace, edit, or otherwise modify for profit is forbidden.

 

  • Commission-based works of art, and soliciting art for personal use based on Nix Hydra Games, Inc.’s properties is allowed, as long as the art is your own and not lifted/traced from existing Nix Hydra art.

Definition of Fan Fiction:

  • Works of fiction, derivative nonfiction, analyses, critique, etc. inspired by Nix Hydra Games, Inc. is permitted.

Definition of Assets:

  • Sprites (character art and expressions) or parts thereof, used visually, or unpublished in game data.

  • Background artwork, or parts thereof, used visually, or unpublished in game data.

 

  • User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) assets and features, used visually, or unpublished in game data.

  • All and any artwork as presented in merchandise assets and promotional materials.

  • Above-mentioned assets in any file format.

Changes to Our Fair Use Asset Policy 

We will occasionally update this Fair Use Asset Policy. When we post changes to this Fair Use Asset Policy, we will revise the Effective Date at the top of this page. We encourage you to periodically review this policy.

Contacting Us

If you would like to contact us for any reason regarding our Fair Use Asset Policy practices, please write to us at: info@nixhydragames.com