A Post IP World

A Post IP World

Two thoughts re: whether we really are in a post IP world when it comes to video games. 1) Many minors play video games. I don’t think a plaintiff would have much luck enforcing a EULA against one. Particularly relevant in the technology context since I’m sure there are many teenage programmers out there who […]

Thoughts on Today’s Class

Thoughts on Today’s Class

A few thoughts on today’s class. 1. All our discussions on EULAs reminded me of this story I had read some time ago, and was able to miraculously find without much difficulty using Google: http://www.cypherpunks.ca/dell.html 2. It also reminded me of this: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20002689-71.html 3. When I draft a contract, my primary goal is to clearly state the […]

Swedish Tech Start-ups Outdoing European Rivals

I just tweeted this with the #ubcvgl tag but thought it worthwhile enough that I would post about it as well. The Globe and Mail has an article discussing how well Swedish tech start-ups (including specifically those related to gaming) are doing: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/european-business/swedish-tech-start-ups-outdoing-european-rivals/article8183599/. The article discusses various reasons why the Swedes may be doing so well: […]

Game engine to remix games

Game engine to remix games

Check out Craftyy, a game engine that allows you to create new games based on other peoples games. Thoughts on tools like these? http://www.craftyy.com/ jon

News of the Week; Jan. 30, 2013

1. Virtual Superheroes Are More Heroic In Real Life: http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/virtual-superheroes-more-heroic-real-life-130130.htm#mkcpgn=twdsc2 2. One pilot’s mistake leads to massive battle in EVE Online: A misclick causes The Battle of Asakai: http://www.destructoid.com/one-pilot-s-mistake-leads-to-massive-battle-in-eve-online-243509.phtml 3. Five approaches to ‘good’ violence in games: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/185004/Five_approaches_to_good_violence_in_games.php#.UQ7iJKXUQco 4. Little Evidence Sandy Hook Shooter Was a Gamer: http://www.ign.com/blogs/andreweisen/2013/01/25/little-evidence-sandy-hook-shooter-was-a-gamer 5. The Journal News Fallout – Limiting the First Amendment to Protect the […]

Interesting Berkman Center Conference Live Webcast: Wednesday Feb. 6

Live Webcast: Social Media and Behavioral Economics Conference: http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2013/02/social-media-and-behavioral-economics-conference.html And lucky you, it ends before class Wednesday if you are in the mood to get up at 6 AM. jon

“Call of Duplicity?”

“Call of Duplicity?”

Disturbing and fascinating. Anyone care to apply the “Double Standards Test” to this? “Shooters: How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers”: Simon Parkin Thursday, 31 January 2013 http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-02-01-shooters-how-video-games-fund-arms-manufacturers jon

Resale of used games – consumer protection issue?

Resale of used games – consumer protection issue?

Hot on the heals of yesterdays discussions (both Jas & I) regarding contractual prohibitions on the legalities/cases dealing with the re-sale of digital property (as well as Michela’s musings on digital property – scroll down under “What is Your Take”), check this out: German Consumer Advocacy Group Files Complaint Against Valve for Steam’s Used Games […]

In the “Pass the Q-Tips, did I hear that right department?”

Sen. Lamar Alexander: “Games are a Bigger Problem Than Guns: http://www.gamepolitics.com/2013/01/30/sen-lamar-alexander-games-are-bigger-problem-guns

Week 5

Jon’s Talk Jan.30, 2013: “Creators, Consumers & Users” Download the PowerPoint Slides Jas Purewal’s Talk: “Going Global: legal and business  issues for international games development and distribution” Download the PowerPoint Slides