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Paper Abstract (2014)

Paper Abstract (2014)

Hello, In the interest of sharing for future years (hope it helps!), here is an abstract for the key issue explored in my 2014 VGL paper, “A Canadian Legal Framework for Charity Video Game Marathons”. — Charity video game marathons (“marathons”) are events not well known outside the community of staunch gamers. Gamers play video […]

Video-Blog News of the Month; December 2014

Video-Blog News of the Month; December 2014

Here is my take on Sony Corporation – an enigma wrapped in a riddle from personal experience… jon  

Are Let’s Play Videos Illegal? | Game/Show | PBS Digital Studios – YouTube

Are Let’s Play Videos Illegal? | Game/Show | PBS Digital Studios – YouTube

  Are Let’s Play Videos Illegal? | Game/Show | PBS Digital Studios – YouTube. Doesn’t get any more self-explanatory as a subject. No easy answers yet – but would make for a wonderful fair dealing/use test case. jon

Au Revoir Cohort 8 of Video Game Law

Au Revoir Cohort 8 of Video Game Law

“I have learned much from my teachers, more from my peers, but most from my students…” Papers graded, marks in. It’s time to say don’t be a stranger. But more than that it’s time to thank  everyone in the eighth cohort of Video Game Law for your focus during class, your contributions between classes to […]

Future (Pedagogic) Reflections, Part Deux

Future (Pedagogic) Reflections, Part Deux

                              “joss” wrote a great and most appreciated post titled “Future Reflections” which can be found here: http://videogame.law.ubc.ca/2014/11/26/future-reflections/ In the post she makes several well taken observations about where the course and it’s pedagogic approach could lead. That post made me think about […]

Here’s a free game and a waiver of liability

Here’s a free game and a waiver of liability

To sum up: Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity was released with numerous glitches. To “apologize” for the crappy launch they are giving away free bonus content for all owners and also a free game to players who agreed to buy all bonus content upfront. However, people have discovered that to receive your free game you have […]

How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us to Greater Harm | WIRED

How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us to Greater Harm | WIRED

        A great take from Cory Doctorow in Wired magazine. The increasingly reality, as dystopian as it is, of modern day HAL 9000’s telling us in various ways “I can’t let you do that, Dave” is haunting. That we have arrived or almost arrived at that point is frightening. Worth a read: How […]

10 Big Ethical Issues In Video Games That #GamerGate Won’t Touch — The Internet Made Me Do It — Medium

10 Big Ethical Issues In Video Games That #GamerGate Won’t Touch — The Internet Made Me Do It — Medium

              This is a thoughtful and wonderful piece. Read it in its entirety here: 10 Big Ethical Issues In Video Games That #GamerGate Won’t Touch — The Internet Made Me Do It — Medium. The 10 issues are… 1. When you buy games, you don’t necessarily own them—and may not be […]

Jessica Silbey on The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property

Jessica Silbey on The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property

  This is a wonderful talk given December 2, 2014 through the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Though not directly about video-game creators it is an empirically driven look at how creators understand and implement intellectual property law and strategies. It illustrates many of the issues discussed in the course, particularly the misalignments between […]

Defamation of Anonymous Celebrities

Defamation of Anonymous Celebrities

An interesting idea came to me while writing my paper, which I think could be spun off into a topic all it’s own. When considering the problem of online harassment and privacy protection, I began to wonder: could there be a cause of action arising from damage to a reputation that is not linked to […]