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If my game would have outlines on the characters just like in the mobile game Brawl Stars, but with a completely different implementation (I sure hope so. I mean, I don't have access to their codebase to check), and the characters themselves look completely different. Would this cause legal issues?

The intent is to create a cartoon effect, rather than just copying.

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Yes, this is fine.

Copyright covers creative expression, not ideas. The sprite is copyrightable, the idea of "a black outline would make things look cartoony" is not- even if Brawl Stars had been the first to do it.

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