Hotline Miami 2, the forthcoming sequel to the excellent indie game Hotline Miami (note: I wrote that in bold, underline and italics to show how much I mean it), has been denied classification in Australia (another victim of the relatively restrictive local age rating system there). So its developer instead just told Australian fans to pirate the… Continue reading Can you pirate your own video game?
Hi everyone – sorry for a delayed May games law update. Blame the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which gave us a 2 day national holiday here in the UK (maybe it’s disloyal to blame the Queen? Oh well). Here goes:
Sorry – this is two months’ worth of games law news updates, since GDC got in the way of finalising the February update. Still, what a couple of months it’s been! Here we go…
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
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
This is guest post by John Wrigley, a gamer and law student As a law student and as an enthusiastic gamer, I can’t help but have noticed the recent controversy surrounding CD Projekt. In case you haven’t been following it, the story goes something like this: CD Projekt release The Witcher 2 without any DRM.… Continue reading The Internet v CD Projekt: a Legal Perspective
Earlier this year, Ed Fear (a producer at Curve Studios and all-round nice chap) wrote a great post on his blog about content piracy and what we should be doing about it. Essentially, he argued that it is up to the content creators themselves, not their lawyers or industry bodies, to address and deal with… Continue reading Opinion: why piracy shouldn’t be a lawyer’s problem
This is interesting: Atari is suing Tommo Video Games Distribution in the US in a $30 million claim over the Atari Flashback 2, according to Kidscreen. Details are very sparse at the moment but the allegation seems to be that Tommo is selling or distributing a counterfeit version of Atari’s Flashback 2 console, which I understand… Continue reading Atari sues Tommo for $30m over Flashback 2 console