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Law-ification Full Indie Summit – Vancouver August 10, 2014 Jon Festinger Q.C. Centre for Digital Media Festinger Law & Strategy http://videogame.law.ubc.ca @gamebizlaw jon_festinger@thecdm.ca
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  • Slide 1
  • Law-ification Full Indie Summit Vancouver August 10, 2014 Jon Festinger Q.C. Centre for Digital Media Festinger Law & Strategy http://videogame.law.ubc.ca @gamebizlaw jon_festinger@thecdm.ca
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  • LAW-IFICATION Gamification going the other way.
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  • What this talk is not A how to or A how not to or..a guide to the perplexed
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  • If you want those things http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/freepublications/en/co pyright/959/wipo_pub_959.pdf
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  • Or http://store.lexisnexis.ca/store/ca/catalog/booktemplate/productdetail.jsp?prodId=prd-cad-01004
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  • What this talk is about? Do you, as an indie developer, feel there are increasingly more legal issues and legal choices than used to be the case? What, legally speaking, should be keeping you awake at night? WHATS TRENDING?
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  • My (pre-) list Copyright Trademark Patent Contracts (post IP) Confidentiality Privacy Surveillance
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  • Quasi-empirical methodology sort of
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  • http://videogame.law.ubc.ca
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  • News of the Week
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  • 1. Starting withCrowd-Funding http://www.gamepolitics.com/2014/07/22/kickstarter-suspends-areal-crowd-funding-campaign#.U-gYylYgjio
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  • http://www.gamepolitics.com/2014/07/17/yogscast-yogventures-backers-were-not-obligated-do-anything#.U- gZglYgjio
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  • 2. Consumer Protection http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2014-08-06-sony-faces-killzone-shadowfall-lawsuit-over-graphics
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  • http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2014-08-07-big-fish-accused-of-unfair-of-deceptive-trade-practices
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  • http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2014-08-06-codemasters-offers-refunds-for-pc-port-of-mobile-colin-mcrae
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  • http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/07/british-regulator-ea-misled-by-calling-dungeon-keeper-free-to-play/
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  • Where consumer protection is going http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/06/kim-kardashian-hollywood-and-the-viral-oops/
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  • What is helping it get there? BIG DATA
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  • With some very poor judgment care of Facebook http://pando.com/2014/06/28/facebooks-science-experiment-on-users-shows-the-company-is-more-even- powerful-and-unethical-than-we-thought/
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  • http://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8788.full
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  • And other stuff too http://thenextweb.com/dd/2014/06/29/legal-loophole-advergames/
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  • All of which ends up here http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/us-business/facebook-in-hot- water-for-social-study/article19434632/
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  • And here http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/technology/more-than-20-000-join-privacy-action-against- facebook-1.1889192
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  • Here too http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-847_en.htm
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  • here http://www.osborneclarke.com/connected-insights/publications/game-developers-watch-out-german-data- protection-authorities-publish-guidelines-mobile-apps/
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  • And someday maybe here http://motherboard.vice.com/read/we-need-a-legal-framework-for-biohacking-our-brains
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  • 3. Net neutrality really? http://nypost.com/2014/06/04/netflix-plays-the-blame-game-over-slow-streaming-speeds/
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  • In Canada, too http://www.michaelgeist.ca/2014/08/ghost-icravetv-crtc-asks-bell-answers-mobile-tv-service-net-neutrality-case/
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  • http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/07/fcc-chair-accuses-verizon-of-throttling-unlimited-data-to-boost-profits/
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  • http://www.gamepolitics.com/2014/08/08/president-obama-does-not-support-internet-fast-lanes#.U-gh15RdUxg
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  • What does this have to do with indie game developers? http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/23/5744804/authors-getting-screwed-in-face-off-between-amazon-hachette
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  • EVERYTHING The gatekeeper anti-trust issue http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/04/amazon-hachette-self-published-authors-stephen-king- james-patterson
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  • But sometimes, the gatekeepers win http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/supreme-court-puts-aereo-out-of-business/
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  • http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2014-06-25-net-neutrality-the-biggest-problem-facing-games-lanning
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  • 4. Correctness (is it really political?) http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/08/dmca-mea-culpa-randy-queen-apologizes-for-response-to-criticism/
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  • http://killscreendaily.com/articles/doom-metal-women-and-videogames/
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  • http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/22/5926193/women-gaming-harassment
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  • http://www.gamepolitics.com/2014/07/22/gamasutras-game-developer-salary-survey-2014-highlight-gender-gap- video-games-industry#.U-glbpRdUxg
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  • http://www.salon.com/2014/05/08/nintendos_anti_gay_cop_out_why_its_demented_same_sex_ban_is_no_game/
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  • http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/05/op-ed-its-time-for-nintendo-to-move-beyond-white-characters/
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  • http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2014-06-12-inclusivity-always-seems-to-end-up-on-the-cutting-board
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  • & too many other articles And, yes. Violence in games seems a less prevalent issue then was the case Legal aspects to follow
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  • http://www.bchrt.bc.ca/
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  • http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/07/riot-starts-getting-tough-on-toxic-players-with-instant-bans/
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  • 4. Game media: How important is this? (If its important there are ton of legal aspects) http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/29/5949903/more-than-20-million-people-watched-dota-2-international-4
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  • Seems important? http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2014-07-01-twitch-tv-1-million-channels-and-rising
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  • 5. Im important, really I am.. Personality rights http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/16/manuel-noriega-sues-activision-over-character-in- call-of-duty-video-game
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  • http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/07/lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta-v-saying-a-character-is-too-similar-to- her/
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  • http://www.ibtimes.com/lindsay-lohans-gta-5-lawsuit-kindest-thing-you-could-say-its-publicity-stunt-1621156
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  • Karen Gravano & GTA V
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  • Lady Miss Kier & Space Channel 5
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  • Beaver & Bieber
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  • Dillinger & Electronic Arts John Dillinger & Dillinger Tommy Gun
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  • Not quite look at me No Doubt & Activision Publishing, Inc. (No Doubt v. Band Hero)
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  • And the clearly legitimate http://www.gamepolitics.com/2014/07/03/ncaa-video-game-settlement-payments-detailed#.U-gqPpRdUxg
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  • 6. Miscellaneous http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/222617/Artist_claims_she_invented_Angry_Birds_files_complaint_seeking_compensation.php
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  • & just when you thought the world could not get more ridiculous http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/08/thailands-military-junta-bans-dictator-simulator-tropico-5/
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  • THANK YOU
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  • Always include a cat picture
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