Is it legal to take Public Domain resources for RPGMV Game?

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I have downloaded images from WikiCommons (Public Domain), I would like to know if it is allowed to use this content and modify it to create resources in RPG MV, I am a foreigner and I do not know how copyright works, I just basics it I know, but I know it is a complex issue.
A serious example: to take something already created and modify it to x% to consider it new.
I create my resources based on predetermined resources, but I just wanted to ask that.
An apology if this topic is not in its correct category and my low knowledge about of this topic.
 
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If you are sure that it is indeed public domain and not held by any copyright, I dont see a problem.
 

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Public domain means that it can be used for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, royalty-free, with the owner yielding their copyright rights. So yes.
 
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@cossio if it really is public domain then there is no problem using it.

However, most images you find on the internet are not - you need to make sure that they are from a reliable website that clearly puts them into public domain.
 

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Thanks, right now i have more clear this topic, i think.. this topic can closed 8).
 

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Don't close it yet. OP had contacted me on Steam so it would be nice if people can share their thoughts on something more specific to this.
Is wikimedia commons considered 100% reliable if something there is under Public Domain license?

For example:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mona_Lisa,_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci,_from_C2RMF_retouched.jpg

Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Picture is under PD, the question is, can you create a tileset containing a painting of Mona Lisa?
How do we approach it? Do we give the obvious credit to Da Vinci?
That was a part of his question and I am also curious to know the answer.
 
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Leonardo (it is incorrect to refer to him as "da Vinci") died in 1519 so it's safe to say copyright does not apply to his works. You can do whatever you like, and you could credit it but you don't have to. (The Mona Lisa is so recognisable that most people will know it anyway.)
 

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Leonardo (it is incorrect to refer to him as "da Vinci") died in 1519 so it's safe to say copyright does not apply to his works. You can do whatever you like, and you could credit it but you don't have to. (The Mona Lisa is so recognisable that most people will know it anyway.)
Well yes, my thoughts exactly. But my thoughts is not what applies to the Copyright Laws around the World, thus making the assumption that it should be like that is an one way ticket to trouble, so, that's EXACTLY why I am asking. First to make sure if Wikimedia Commons is always accurate and second if it is ok to be used by other artists under PD.
 

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can you create a tileset containing a painting of Mona Lisa?
it's safe to say copyright does not apply to his works. You can do whatever you like, and you could credit it but you don't have to.
Only if you do it completely by yourself.
If you for example use a photograph of the Mona Lisa, then that Photograph has a copyright to the photographer in addition to the copyright of Leonardo.

Of course no one will bother to even check this in case of Mona Lisa, but it would come into part of the discussion with lesser known works that are less often referenced and photographed.
 

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in that specific case yes, and if nothing is mentioned as to who created the picture then it could be limited as credit to Leonardo.

But that is only because it is both a well-known website and a well-known painting. If you get a picture reference from a random home-user private page on a third-world-country-hosting then I wouldn't use it even if it claims to be public domain. It might be or might not be true.
 

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