Copyright and Intellectual Property
As with any creative endeavor, copyright and intellectual property is often a hot subject in the video game industry. Whether it's companies who have created games with similar names or concepts, it is sometimes difficult to draw the line between copyright infringement and inspiration.
The following collection of articles looks articles related to this issue in the video game industry.
- Brian Casillas in Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review: Attack of the clones - copyright protection for video game developers
- Mitch Stoltz on Electronic Frontier Foundation: April 8, 2015: Video game publishers: no preserving abandoned games, even for museums and archives, because all "hacking" is illegal
- Steve Chang and Ross Dannenberg on Gamasutra: Hey, that's MY game! Intellectual property protection for video games
The below articles are resources that video game developers may find useful when needing to investigate copyright laws surrounding games.
- Law of the Game: June 6, 2007: Copyright - what every gamer, developer, and aspiring game developer needs to know
- New Media Rights on Feb. 23, 2011: Video games and the law - copyright, trademark, and intellectual property
- GB Games: What an indie needs to know about copyright
- Chris Baker on Gamasutra: Nov 13, 2015: Understanding this year's biggest video game copyright ruling
News and Events
- Business Insider: Nov. 5, 2015: Kris Jenner, game studio sued over Kim Kardashian video game
- Economic Times: Nov. 6, 2015: Kris Jenner sued for 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' app
- Parker Higgins on The Electronic Frontier Foundation: Nov 7, 2014: And the games play on: EFF fights for users' rights to play and preserve abandoned video games
- Kendra Albert on The Electronic Frontier Foundation: Feb 9, 2015: An exemption to the DMCA would let game fans keep abandoned games running
- Aaron Jue on The Electronic Frontier Foundation: May 14, 2015: EFF Testifies on Exemptions to DMCA Section 1201
- Kendra Albert on The Electronic Frontier Foundation: Nov 13, 2015: The new DMCA §1201 exemption for video games: A closer look