Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to base a fan film on a video game?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked and Answered video, I respond to Guy’s inquiry about whether permission is required for a fan film based on a video game. Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to base a fan film on a video game?

Judge: Beyoncé Video Game Lawsuit Can Move Forward

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Eriq Gardner Singer says she isn't to blame for pulling out of the motion-sensing dance video game, "Starpower: Beyoncé." Music Music Beyonce Video Gamesread more. THR, Esq.

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How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc.

Gordon P. Firemark

If you’ve wondered how composers and songwriters get noticed, and have their music licensed for use in movies, on television, in video games, and other media, you’re not alone. The post How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc.

'Madden NFL' Creator Loses Appeal Over Video Game Royalties

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Electronic Arts gets the win because Robin Antonick failed to introduce source code at trial to show how later versions of game were similar to his original.

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Video Game Streamer Twitch Sues Over Bots Artificially Inflating Broadcasters' Popularity

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The gamer-watching platform says it needs to protect a "fair playing field." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Video Game Lawsuit Suggests Guns 'N Roses Reunion Won't Happen

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Eriq Gardner A few weeks after Guns N' Roses gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Axl Rose might be in court explaining why he didn't want an image of Slash performing a GNR hit in a video game.

'NBA 2K' Video Game Maker Beats Lawsuit Over Biometric Face-Scanning

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A judge rejects gamers' privacy complaint because they haven't alleged a concrete injury. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Paramount Hit With $10 Million Video Game Lawsuit

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A Swedish gaming company says the studio shut down its digital entertainment division and walked away from a co-production deal on games. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Tech Business Paramount Pictures

IMG Worldwide Demands Insurers Pick Up Cost Of Fighting Ex-Athletes In Video Game Litigation

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Eriq Gardner Famous former athletes including Bill Russell continue to pursue compensation from lucrative video game licensing deals. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

U.S. Copyright Office Considers New Rules Impacting iPads, Video Games, Blu-Rays

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Eriq Gardner The government has begun its triennial rule-making on anti-piracy exemptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech Apple Piracy

Viacom Owes Additional $383 Million in 'Rock Band' Video Game Dispute, Arbitrators Say

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Paul Bond The media conglomerate sues to overturn the recommendation of accountant-arbitrators, who say former shareholders of Harmonix were shafted. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business Activision Blizzard The Beatles Viacom

Judge Throws Out Ex-Quarterback Lawsuit Over 'NCAA Football' Video Game

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edit@hollywoodreporter.com (Eriq Gardner) A New Jersey judge finds that a video game publisher's right to free expression outweighs the player's right of publicity. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business

Beyonce Denied Second Attempt to Escape $100 Million Video Game Lawsuit

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An appeals court says there are triable issues as to whether Beyonce breached a licensing deal by walking away from a dance video game. read more. The Business Music THR, Esq. Beyonce Business

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Hollywood Docket: Supreme Court plays video games; Don Henley vs. Republican; Lane Bryant vs. ABC & Fox

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case testing the validity of a California statute that bans the sale or rental of video games to minors. The justices agreed to hear the case only a week after overturning a.

Why Has the Supreme Court Taken So Long On Video Game Ruling?

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Eriq Gardner What's taking the high court so long to decide whether states can ban violent video game sales to minors? read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Supreme Court Affirms Ninth Circuit; California Video Game Law Unconstitutional

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On First Amendment grounds, the Supreme Court has struck down a California law which limits the sale of violent video games to minors. The majority found that the state had provided no compelling interest to "abridge the freedom of speech

Madden Football Video Game Creator Sues EA for Billions of Dollars

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Eriq Gardner The man who created the NFL game says he’s owed millions in royalties — and potentially billions -- in profits for the franchise, which has sold more than 85 million copies in the more than 20 years since it hit the marketplace.

Helicopters In Video Games Under Fire As Electronic Arts Heads to Court

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Eriq Gardner EA asks for a declaration that the First Amendment gives it the right to depict real-life helicopters against one manufacturer's trademark claims. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech

Video Game Developer Sues Beyoncé For $100 Million

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Eriq Gardner Gate Five claims singer made extortion demand just before last Christmas. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music

Fox, Paramount Accused of Using Stolen Computer Graphic Technology for Hit Films

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A VFX firm demands an injunction on "Deadpool" and three other blockbusters plus one huge video game. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

What's Easier For Children: Buying Violent Video Games or Sneaking Into R-Rated Movies?

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Eriq Gardner The FCC answers the question in a new report read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

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'Star Wars' Card Game Sabacc Sparks Lawsuit From Lucasfilm

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The fictional game plays an important role in the franchise canon and Lucasfilm says a video game app maker is unfairly capitalizing on its fame.

Unintentional Comedy from the Supreme Court Hearing on Video Games

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Eriq Gardner Highlights from yesterday's hearing on whether to regulate the sale of video games to minors. read more. Movies Movies Business

Supreme Court Strikes Down California Law Banning Violent Video Games To Minors

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Eriq Gardner In 7-2 decision, Supreme Court justices say law protecting minors from violent video games isn't compelling enough to abridge free speech. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Judge Explores Boundaries of Authorship With Nods to 'Star Wars,' Spike Lee and 'Love Actually'

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Modded video games get likened to movies in a tour de force of legal writing. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Game developer claims Atari owes $30M on "Dungeons and Dragons"

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By Eriq Gardner The video game and online game industries continue to stratify much like Hollywood once did — some companies have become producers and some have developed into more of a publisher/distributor role. We still remember our first video. Tags: Contracts & Riders Litigation Video Games

Video Games and the First Amendment After Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association

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Jon Garon, NKU Chase College of Law, has published Beyond the First Amendment: Shaping the Contours of Commercial Speech in Video Games, Virtual Worlds and Social Media. Here is the abstract. In Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association (2011), the Supreme

Hollywood Docket: How Many Video Game Lawyers Are There in the U.S.?

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Eriq Gardner Entertainment law news including FCC activity, Nicollette Sheridan's lawsuit, and the best video game law firm. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

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More On Video Game Case

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From the New York Times, an article on yesterday's important ruling, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association

Court allows video gamer to argue he is addicted to Lineage II

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By Eriq Gardner A federal judge in Hawaii is allowing a video gamer to tell a jury about the severe withdrawal he suffered after being booted from the MMORP game Lineage II. Craig Smallwood, representing himself in court, sued NCSoft, Tags: Decisions Roundup Litigation Video Games

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Massive judgment in World of Warcraft copyright infringement case

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By Eriq Gardner A federal court has thrown down the gauntlet against the operator of a private server used to play the MMORP game World of Warcraft, awarding Vivendi subsidiary Blizzard Entertainment a staggering $89 million. Tags: Copyright Decisions Roundup Video Games

Class action claims fraud in Second Life land sales

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Lawsuit challenges 'Guitar Hero' ads claiming patent

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Video Games with Gay Content

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If you’re a gay gamer (a gaymer ), you might have wished from time to time to find a game or two with some gay/lesbian content. Lucky for you, someone has prepared a list of such games. The games they don’t like, but you might, for glbt reasons, are: “Army of Two,” “Bully,” “Fable 2,” “Grand Theft Auto IV,” “Mass Effect,” “Saints Row 2,” various “Sims 2” games, and “Valkyria Chronicles.” Tags: gay video games

The Supreme Court of Canada On Music Used Within Video Games

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Emir Crowne, University of Windsor Faculty of Law, has published Supreme Court of Canada Rules that a Musical Work Within a Video Game Downloaded from the Internet Does Not Attract Additional Royalties. Here is the abstract. In Entertainment Software Association

Beyonce Settles $100M Lawsuit With Video Game Company

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The Business Music Video Games THR, Esq. Gate Five alleged the singer walked away from a motion-sensing dance project. read more. Beyonce Tech Business

Canada's Highest Court Shakes Up Copyright Laws

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Music rights owners lose big in a bid to collect tariffs for compositions used in downloadable video games. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Tech Business

Electronic Arts Fights Rival, Athletes, Insurers and Game Creator in Wave of Litigation

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Eriq Gardner Is the video game company sufficiently disclosing liability from various lawsuits? read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Sony defeats video game equal rights claim

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By Eriq Gardner We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal -- unless, of course, these men are pursuing happiness inside a massively-multiplayer-online-role-playing game. Computer and video games continue to yield some interesting law. Tags: Decisions Roundup Litigation Video Games

Sony defeats video game equal rights claim

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal -- unless, of course, these men are pursuing happiness inside a massively-multiplayer-online-role-playing game. Computer and video games continue to yield some interesting law. Tags: Decisions Roundup Litigation Video Games