What does UK IP reform mean for the games industry?

This is a guest post by my friend and fellow lawyer, Jonny Mayner. IP law is pretty important to the games industry, since it governs the stuff that games are (legally) made of. Being a clever IP expert as he is, I thought I’d ask him to explain what the UK government is doing to… Continue reading What does UK IP reform mean for the games industry?

IP Round-up: Newzbin 2, Copyright Infringement and Stormtroopers

This is a post from Jonny Mayner with additional input from Jas Purewal.  The Star Wars’ theme to the post is the fault/genius of Jonny (depending on how you feel about Star Wars, ofc). This is a quick post looking back on some high profile IP cases in the UK on which we saw rulings in the… Continue reading IP Round-up: Newzbin 2, Copyright Infringement and Stormtroopers

A beginner’s guide to IP in games

Hi everyone.  Earlier this week I went along to Dundee, Scotland for the Digital Spark conference and delivered a session on a beginner’s guide to IP in games.  I made a Prezi for the session and thought you might like to see it, so here it is: http://prezi.com/ynsvjg5hgpc6/a-beginners-guide-to-ip-in-games-jas-purewal-osborne-clarke/. Please feel free to have a look over… Continue reading A beginner’s guide to IP in games

Opinion: why PopCap had to say yes to Blizzard

Last month, news emerged that Blizzard will introduce an homage to Popcap’s hit game Plants vs Zombies in the forthcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm.   Apparently there will be a Plants v Zombies themed quest chain in the game, including the ability to…well, fight zombies with plants.  It seems that Popcap had collaborated closely with… Continue reading Opinion: why PopCap had to say yes to Blizzard

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

Blizzard wins $88m lawsuit against WoW private server owner

Blizzard Entertainment has just won a substantial lawsuit against WoW private server provider Scapegaming, including a crippling award of $88 million in damages. Read on for more on WoW private servers and this case. What was Scapegaming? Scapegaming was a WoW private server, which permitted players to play a modified version of WoW that was… Continue reading Blizzard wins $88m lawsuit against WoW private server owner

Nintendo v Playables – the latest modchip case considered

It seems that Nintendo is on a mission to gun down modchip sellers at the moment. I posted in May 2010 that Nintendo was suing New York-based modchip seller NXP Games, Inc. The 1709 Blog has just reported that Nintendo has successfully just sued another modchip seller in Holland. And, last week, Nintendo won a… Continue reading Nintendo v Playables – the latest modchip case considered

Games Law History: the Tetris saga

Legal battles have been (and still are) integral to the development of the modern video games industry.  So, I thought that I’d write a periodic series of posts looking at major legal battles in the industry, kicking off with the Tetris saga between Nintendo and Atari, which started around this time in summer 1989.  A… Continue reading Games Law History: the Tetris saga

What happens if I delete your avatar?

I’ve thought for some time that it would be interesting to write a post about the legal implications if someone was deliberately to delete someone else’s avatar, or for that matter to steal it. As it turns out, over at Terranova they’ve been having a similar discussion.  This from Richard Bartle: “So, this is a… Continue reading What happens if I delete your avatar?