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?

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.

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Judge: Beyoncé Video Game Lawsuit Can Move Forward

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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.

Video Games with Gay Content

Digital Media Law

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

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

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

Tattoo Artist Sues Over Copycat in 'UFC Undisputed' Video Game

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Video Games THR, Esq. Chris Escobedo identifies the tattoo on UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit as his own, and says it is protected by copyright. read more. Style Tech Business

'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.

Video game publishers escalate fight for their rights

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The trade association for game publishers has filed a lawsuit in Illinois District Court against the Chicago Transit Authority. Tags: Advertising Free Speech Litigation Staffing Video Games By Eriq Gardner The Electronic Software Association looks to be getting a little more aggressive in sticking up for its rights.

Video game designer-turned-space traveler awarded $28 million by jury

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By Eriq Gardner Famed video game designer Richard Garriot has just taken one hell of a trip. Two years ago, the man behind blockbuster role-playing games Ultima and Tabula Rasa spent $30 million of his own money to be a. Tags: Decisions Roundup Labor Video Games

Green on New Frontiers for the Derivative Work Right in Video Games @j_remy_green

Media Law Prof Blog

Remy Green, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobsen, LLP, is publishing All Your Works Are Belong to Us: New Frontiers for the Derivative Work Right in Video Games in volume 19 of the North Carolina Journal of Law and

EMI Sues Over Def Jam Rapstar Video Game

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Eriq Gardner The complicated business of a video game that features rap songs. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Tech Business

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.

Lawsuit May Endanger Survival of NCAA Video Games

JetLawBlog

O’Bannon was a star basketball player for UCLA in the mid-1990s, and now he’s at the forefront of a class action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA for its use of his likeness (and those of other athletes) in NCAA-licensed products, particularly video games.

'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

Swiss Pass Resolution Banning the Sale of Violent Video Games to Minors

JetLawBlog

In European news, Switzerland has taken a giant leap in the effort to regulate video games. Recently, the country’s parliament passed two resolutions concerning the sale of violent video games. Games corresponding to a “Teen&# rating in the U.S.

Unintentional Comedy from the Supreme Court Hearing on Video Games

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

Paramount Hit With $10 Million Video Game Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

U.S. District Court: Chicago Transit Authority Cannot Ban Video Game Ads

JetLawBlog

The Entertainment Software Association ( ESA ), an association of computer and video game publishers, won an injunction against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in the U.S. Warning: Above Image Causes Violence.

Video Game Playthrough Footage Should Be Fair Use

The Legal Satyricon

by Christopher Harbin It’s pretty easy to get duped into buying a crappy video game. A lot of video game marketing is pretty shady. Submitted for your consideration: the Madden “bullshot.&# Bullshots are promotional screen captures released by game companies that bear absolutely no resemblance to the final product. Gameplay footage released by game companies can be even more [.].

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

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

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

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.

Violent Video Games and the First Amendment

Media Law Prof Blog

Renee Newman Knake, Michigan State University College of Law, has published From Research Conclusions to Real Change: Understanding The First Amendment’s (Non)Response to the Negative Effects of Violent Video Games on Children, in volume 63 of Southern Methodist University Law

“I Know it When I Play it”: Supreme Court Announces it Will Consider First Amendment Protection for Violence in Video Games

JetLawBlog

Whether we like it or not, video games have become an undeniable force in our world. But the intersection of video games and constitutional law? This is because unlike animal cruelty films, video games already operate under a rating system, much like movies.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

More On Video Game Case

Media Law Prof Blog

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

The Court and Violent Video Games

Media Law Prof Blog

Dorf on the upcoming violent video games case before the Supreme Court (Schwarzenegger v. Findlaw's Michael C. Entertainment Merchants Ass'n (EMA)). The Court will hear arguments tomorrow. Briefs here

Julie Hilden On the California Video Games Case

Media Law Prof Blog

FindLaw's Julie Hilden says that California video game law might well be upheld. Read more here

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

Supreme Court Affirms Ninth Circuit; California Video Game Law Unconstitutional

Media Law Prof Blog

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

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

Beyonce Fights to Withhold Sensitive Documents in Video Game Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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Possibly privileged paperwork includes the singer's artist-manager relationship with her father. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Tech Business Beyonce Jay-Z

The Regulation of Video Games

Media Law Prof Blog

Emile Loza, Technology Law Group, has published Video Software Dealers Ass'n v. Schwarzenegger: A Rising Ninth Circuit Case on the Constitutionality of States' Regulation of Minors' Access to Violent Video Games, at 25 Computer & Internet Lawyer 1 (May 2008

Appeals Court Rules on Use of Athletes in Video Games

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Whether or not the First Amendment protects celebrity exploitation is a hot topic in the legal system. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Tech Business

Gawker Sued For Posting Illustration that Inspired Video Game

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Eriq Gardner Artist files copyright infringement lawsuit against gossip site for publishing her depiction of the underworld. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech

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

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

Madden Football Video Game Creator Sues EA for Billions of Dollars

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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.