The Red Cross sign is not public domain, even though many video games use it

Co-creators of the video game Prison Architect received an email from the British Red Cross telling them that their game had breached the laws of the Geneva Conventions Act from 1957.

Why? Because they had used an internationally protected symbol, the famous red cross, without realizing it’s not free to use. PC Gamer explains that the iconic symbol doesn’t belong to the public domain, but instead is the property of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which reserves the right to protect the sign from any acts the institution deems as misuse.

Most video games use the icon for health packs.

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