A legal guide to Let’s Play and gaming videos

Let’s Play videos, and gaming videos more generally, are awesome. I started playing Minecraft thanks to Seananners’ very early videos about his love of what was then a quirky indie half-finished game just beginning to gather fans; I’ve played many games (and laughed a lot) thanks to the Let’s Play videos of my friends (and clients) at Yogscast;… Continue reading A legal guide to Let’s Play and gaming videos

More on modchips: are they legal in the EU?

Are modchips ‘legal’ in the EU?  If so, what exactly is their legal status?  One would have thought that this question would have been answered long ago but, as I’ve written about previously (see here, here and here for example) there have been setbacks and uncertainties along the way as console manufacturers take action against… Continue reading More on modchips: are they legal in the EU?

An international legal guide to games development and distribution

Last year I gave a lecture at the Gamer Tech Law conference in Seattle with the rather ambitious title of “Going Global: legal and business issues for international games development and distribution”.  As you can imagine, that’s a lot to cover – even in a lecture directed at other lawyers.  Anyway, below is the lecture… Continue reading An international legal guide to games development and distribution

Spry Fox settles with 6Waves – does it matter?

Spry Fox and 6Waves have settled their legal dispute over allegations that 6Waves had cloned Spry Fox’s game Triple Town.  News of the lawsuit received great attention and no small amount of oppobrium directed at 6Waves.  News of the settlement has received similar fanfare.  But does this really matter to the wider games or software… Continue reading Spry Fox settles with 6Waves – does it matter?

Small UK IP lawsuits get quicker and cheaper (in theory)

A long awaited development in UK civil procedure is due to make low value IP infringement claims quicker and cheaper.  It is called the small claims track, it will be open for IP infringement cases worth less than £5,000 and it will be heard by the specialist Patents County Court. My friend Rosie Burbidge, a… Continue reading Small UK IP lawsuits get quicker and cheaper (in theory)

Tetris wins the first legal victory against clones

The Tetris Company has won a court case against the developer of an iOS Tetris clone  – this is a really significant legal development in fighting clones, so I’m quite excited about it.  The case is here and is reported on extensively by the 1709 copyright law blog (via Rosie Burbidge – thanks!), which I recommend you read,… Continue reading Tetris wins the first legal victory against clones

Games Law Update: May 2012

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:

Could the Xbox 360 be banned in the USA?

It’s common knowledge there are a range of patent wars ongoing in technology right now (which I’ve previously written about here).  One of those patent wars is between Motorola and Microsoft over the Xbox 360 console – and boy, it’s getting hot.  My friend Florian Mueller of Foss Patents told me about it and it… Continue reading Could the Xbox 360 be banned in the USA?