I am currently in the process of finalizing the technology behind a game where users are able to create "lands" of their own.
- Each land is upkept and expanded by Tokens.
- Tokens are bought from Real Money Store.
- Tokens are tradeable.
- Users are able to create images(terrain, characters, monsters etc...) that fit their local "land" theme and enable other players to interact there.
- The land creator receives tokens from visitors that like the land.
- Tokens are not changeable to real currency.
My question is whether it counts as a breach of copyright if someone creates a "skyrim" or "Star wars" land and fills it with people and locations from that universe? They still need to create the art with the in-game tools, so I assume it's original artwork with names and lore based off existing IP)
And a second, derived question is whether my profit (people paying other people with tokens that they had to have bought from me) constitutes profiting from a copyrighted IP.
Obviously each land is reportable in a multitude of categories - nudity/pornographic content, IP violation, gore, violence, hate messages etc... and I assume it will take a significant amount of work to filter through those reports.
I am talking to lawyers about it, but there's a whole world out there and many of You can give perspectives from different countries so that I can ask the right questions and hire the right lawyers.
EDIT: EULA and TOS are of course going to be properly constructed to remove any liability I would have for user uploaded content. Are there countries where I am for exmaple still liable?