Suneet has published an article on the recent fining of Valve by the European Commission. See the article at GamesIndustry.biz here: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-03-18-geo-blocking-in-the-games-industry-a-closer-look-at-valves-ec-fine Thanks goes to Matthew Handrahan for his editing. LaG will be posting further articles in the future so be sure to sign up!
Some of you may have seen our earlier post on What a End User Licence Agreement is. This makes it clear that there are some important rights which go alongside agreeing to buy and play a game. Further, these can be skewed in the games companies favour due to their tenacious protection of their rights. … Continue reading Fair end user licence agreements
What is a End User Licence Agreement (EULA)? When a games company create a game they will have certain rights, responsibilities and information that they wish players to be bound by and informed of. A EULA provides this mechanism for informing and binding the player of a game to that particular games rights and obligations. … Continue reading An Introduction to End User Licence Agreements
As a content creator you will likely be engaging the law at various points in your creative process. The most necessary is when something goes wrong (and from my experience this is usually the first time people speak to a lawyer!). There are a number of reasons you may seek legal advice in a crisis … Continue reading When things go wrong creating content
When you engage a lawyer there are some preliminary questions you should ask. Here are some of the things which you should be considering if you have never consulted a lawyer before: Do you specialise in content creation? Have you worked in [X] area before? You want a lawyer that specialises in your area of … Continue reading 5 questions to ask your lawyer
In the course of providing legal advice to content creators as I do you see common problems present themselves time and time again. Here are a few common mistakes so you don't make them: Don't just use that piece of music, art, design or code - If someone has created something they have likely rights … Continue reading 5 common legal pitfalls for content creators
Sites you visit, applications you use and services you take all have privacy policies – but what are they and why are they important, despite many people just check boxing them? Privacy policies govern the collection, management and protection of data Transparency and empowerment around the use of your data underpin the use of privacy … Continue reading What content creators need to know about privacy policies
For any content creator there are some must do's when entering the industry. Many of these are easy to miss or skim over. Here's a list of 5 key things to have covered as a content creator: Form a company - you need an established company to trade from and making one helps protect your … Continue reading 5 legal things to do as a content creator
Intellectual property rights ("IPR") are packages of rights which apply to content. It is these rights which allow us to get the most value out of our creations. If you are a content creator whether you code, voice act, develop, design or stream that content has value in the form of the underlying IPR which … Continue reading Why do intellectual property rights matter to content creators?
On 4 September 2019 the FTC fined Google $170m for its subsidiary YouTube’s failure to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (“COPPA”). The failings related to YouTube collecting the personal information of viewers of child-directed channels without obtaining their parent’s consent, which is prohibited under COPPA. In addition to the fine Google … Continue reading What COPPA actually means for YouTube content creators