I hoped I would not have to write this post, but here we go…
- The Brexit referendum does not automatically mean the UK’s departure from the EU, but it will very likely start the process.
- Legally, the UK would need to start both an EU exit process (known as ‘Article 50’) and begin its own internal legal arrangements for exit.
- This is likely to take some time: at least two years for the formal EU exit and almost certainly several years more in practice for the full process to complete.
- Brexit will have a substantial impact on UK laws from employment to business regulation to intellectual property. Some areas, such as contract and corporate law, may be comparatively less affected.
- It is very early days yet and there is much still to be established – many businesses will likely adopt a ‘watch and wait’ approach in the short term.
Continue reading Implementing Brexit – what happens next?
It’s coming to the end of the year and you know what that means…yes, it’s another bad holiday legal joke! Here we go…(oh, and happy holidays/best wishes for 2016!)
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Hi everyone – this is a quick message to wish you all a great holiday break and best wishes for 2015! In the meantime, I found this dusty old letter from a corner of our old client files recently and thought you might like to read it…(click on it for the full version!) Continue reading Season’s Greetings from Gamer/Law
Back in July 2014 I wrote a post about whether a dictator (Manuel Noriega of Panama) could control his online image in a video game (the hit game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)? We now have an answer: nope. In a short judgment which is interesting for all kinds of reasons, a Californian court has come down resoundingly on Activision’s side and dismissed Mr Noriega’s claims. Read on more… Continue reading Activision v Noriega analysed: don’t make way for the bad guy
News broke today that the European Commission, one of three arms of the European Union, will be holding a consultation over the next two days regarding in-app purchases and free to play games and any mobile apps that call themselves ‘free’. This post is my initial analysis of this interesting (but not unexpected) development, which potentially bodes a future of big changes for this part of the mobile industry.
Continue reading European Commission consultation on free to play games and ‘free’ mobile apps: an initial analysis
The Internet recently has been full of stories about trade mark action being taken the Games Workshop, a British company well-known for creating the “Warhammer” and “Warhammer 40k” series of table-top and computer games. Specifically, it has been seeking to protect its claimed trade mark rights in the name “Space Marine”, an iconic character in the Warhammer 40K universe, against the author of a Kindle ebook called “Spot the Space Marine”. The Internet, in the main part, was scathing.The EFF, for example, called Games Workshop a “trademark bully”. Continue reading Games Workshop and the Space Marine trademark spat
Hi everyone – I’m sorry there’s been a few months gap since the last games law update, but it’s been pretty busy in my personal life and I’m afraid my assiduous squirreling away of useful links for you suffered. Here’s October 2012 in brief to help make amends… Continue reading Games law update, October 2012
It’s conference season right now, so guess what? I have more slides for you! Last month I spoke at Social Gaming 2012, a conference bringing together the gambling industry and a few select figures from the interactive entertainment industry…including me. I was asked to give a presentation on the use and legal status of virtual goods and currency, which led to me speaking for an hour or so about why virtual goods and currency are popular and a summary of the current legal developments regarding them around the world. Continue reading The use and legal status of virtual goods and currency