This week the EU proposed a major overhaul of its data protection. As the largest trading bloc in the world, what the EU thinks about data matters. Here’s a summary that my firm, Osborne Clarke, prepared: All organisations hold and process personally identifiable data – not least about their staff, customers or suppliers, or all… Continue reading A quick guide to the EU data protection proposals
My friend Nicholas Lovell of Gamesbrief got in touch with me today to ask me about when a contract is enforceable and when it isn’t – he’d been discussing with some other Tweeters that sometimes contract aren’t enforceable in a consumer context. They were also interested in what happens in a business context. So I… Continue reading When is a contract enforceable?
I’ve been thinking about crowdfunding for a while, and I was generally aware from industry stories and client experiences that it is an interesting way to get funding for games. Besides which, I’m interested in how best to make it work legally (more on that later). Then I was asked today to look into some… Continue reading Crowdfunding is amazing
This is a post by Jas and Jonny Mayner. As reported last week (see here and here) casual game developer ZipZapPlay (owned by PopCap since April 2011) will be putting up the “Shop Closed” sign at Baking Life on 31st January 2012. The Facebook game reportedly once attracted 6.7 million users per month, but at… Continue reading What happens when a game with virtual goods closes?
I don’t need to tell you all what the US Stop Online Piracy Act is about, because the Internet has talked about nothing else for the last few days (or at least, those parts of the Internet which haven’t been closed in protest against SOPA). It caused a great, great deal of controversy, far more… Continue reading Some thoughts about SOPA
Last week I wrote my ten predictions for the games industry in 2012. One of them was that we would see more developer collapses in 2012. Sadly, that’s already taking place, with news today that UK developer Monumental Games has gone into administration. I thought you might find it useful to know a little about… Continue reading What is administration?
About this time last week I wrote the second of my monthly columns on Edge, this time about defending the rights of developers to take legal action against pirates of their games. You can read it here. The genesis of the post was me reading about CD Projekt, developer of The Witcher 1 and 2,… Continue reading On piracy
You’ve guessed it: I thought I’d jump into the it’s-a-new-year-let’s-make-some-predictions business for 2012. And, like all forward-looking predictions, I’ve mixed a few safe bets with some slightly more “punchy” predictions (which FYI is lawyer-speak for taking a massive bet on something!) Here goes, in no particular order: