As practice, and for a fun project, I made a 3D model of a set of special dice that are intended to be used for a specific game I invented. I plan to share and refine the work over time but before I go public I want to ensure that the idea can't be used commercially but can be shared freely (basically Creative-Commons Sharealike NonCommericial).

How do you license a work like a 3D model and its associated gameplay material in such a manner that it has legal grounding? Would I need to file a copyright?

Copyrights are automatic - legally, you get the copyright as soon as the work is fixed, whether or not you register the copyright. But registration gives you some extra protections.

You can't copyright the idea of your game. Copyrights are for works, not ideas, after all. You can copyright your model, assuming it's not something too obvious like a model of an ordinary pair of dice. It needs at least a little bit of creativity.

Licensing your work can be done however you like. If you think a CC BY-NC-SA license is appropriate, feel free to use that license.

  • One addition, the design of the dice themselves could be protected by a protected design, a trademark, or even a patent; depending on how novel your design is. – JeffUK Mar 15 at 16:56

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