Can you feature David Cameron in a video game legally?

Yes probably, is the answer.  Read on for my explanation… Kotaku has written a piece on The Politics of Presidential Appearences in Video Games, triggered by President Obama’s appearance in Madden NFL 11.  Which has got me thinking: could UK Prime Minister David Cameron object to be included in a video game? The legal bit:… Continue reading Can you feature David Cameron in a video game legally?

What Vernor v Autodesk means for games

Edit: the case name is ofc Vernor v Autodesk, not Vernor v AutoCAD – thanks Brian! The recent US case of Vernor v Autodesk has caused a storm of controversy over whether you actually own the software that you purchase, or just license it (meaning that you can’t then sell it on to others).  This… Continue reading What Vernor v Autodesk means for games

Games and the Digital Economy Act: an Update

Earlier this year I wrote about the impact UK Digital Economy Act, which was passed by the Labout government earlier this year, and the impact the Digital Economy Act will have on games once it comes fully into force.  Now that has taken a step closer.  Read on for more…  So what’s going on? The… Continue reading Games and the Digital Economy Act: an Update

So the Duke Nukem lawsuit is over, then

Just a quick post here: as you all probably know by now, Gearbox has taken over development of the loooong-awaited next Duke Nukem game, Duke Nukem Forever.  There’s a Wired interview with Randy Pitchford of Gearbox here. Reading this interview made me want to write this very short post for two reasons: (1) I’m excited… Continue reading So the Duke Nukem lawsuit is over, then

Analysis: are age ratings coming to social and mobile games?

Are we seeing the start of a trend towards governments extending their games classification rules to mobile and social games?  If so, this is going to cause some serious friction with the games industry. Examples: in August, the Australian Labour Party promised (if re-elected – which now looks highly likely) to apply its notoriously restrictive games classification laws to… Continue reading Analysis: are age ratings coming to social and mobile games?

Analysis: are age ratings coming to social and mobile games?

Are we seeing the start of a trend towards governments extending their games classification rules to mobile and social games?  If so, this is going to cause some serious friction with the games industry. Examples: in August, the Australian Labour Party promised (if re-elected – which now looks highly likely) to apply its notoriously restrictive games classification laws to… Continue reading Analysis: are age ratings coming to social and mobile games?

Digital Chocolate sues Zynga over Mafia Wars

Digital Chocolate is suing fellow social games developer Zynga in the US over Zynga’s game Mafia Wars.  Digital Chocolate, which released its own Mafia Wars cell-phone game in 2004 (5 years before Zynga’s Mafia Wars), argues that it owns the rights in Mafia Wars and that Zynga has knowingly infringed those rights.  Digital Chocolate claims that Zynga has “falsely… Continue reading Digital Chocolate sues Zynga over Mafia Wars

Setback for Jagex in Runescape lawsuit

Jagex, developer of the popular browser MMO, has suffered setbacks in its ongoing lawsuit against Impulse Software, the maker of a bot for Runescape called the “iBot”.  This follows attempts in 2009 by Runescape to take legal action against a gang of UK phishers. First, a quick summary Impulse’s bot (like most bots) allows players… Continue reading Setback for Jagex in Runescape lawsuit

Advertising Standards Authority to take control of in-game advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority is set to assume oversight over UK in-game advertising under new rules introduced this week. This has the potential to change fundamentally the (previously unregulated) UK in-games advertising landscape in the future. Read on for more..  How is advertising regulated in the the UK and what is the ASA? The UK… Continue reading Advertising Standards Authority to take control of in-game advertising

Sony brings landmark modchips lawsuit in Australia

Sony is bringing a potentially landmark lawsuit against a PS3 modchip seller over the legality of modchips in Australia. Most recently, Sony secured a temporary injunction against the seller, Ozmodchips.com, banning them from selling any modchips while the lawsuit proceeds. In this guest post, Melchor Raval comments on the lawsuit and what it could mean… Continue reading Sony brings landmark modchips lawsuit in Australia