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
Trademarks are an indicator of origin and must be registered to be effective. Trademarks can be sold or licensed and can gain significant commercial value. Think carefully about registering and monetising your trademarks, including obtaining legal advice. Trademarks operate as an indicator of origin distinguishing your goods from others. They have to be registered as … Continue reading An Introduction to Trademarks in games
Copyright exists when you create a work and protects it from being copied.Be aware of who owns copyright in works you are using and commissioning (like music, art etc.).Enter into contracts to pro-actively manage rights ownership and use. Copyright is typically the core right at play in video games as one of the suite of … Continue reading An Introduction to Copyright in games
Hello and welcome the the Law and Games Blog! I am the Founder of the Blog, Suneet Sharma and I hope to bring some insights to you via this new blog focusing on legal issues around gaming. I currently work as a Legal Executive at SEGA so will be pulling on my knowledge from that … Continue reading Welcome to the Law and Games Blog!