Archive for the 'video games' Category

Regina v Gilham – WLR Daily

Regina v Gilham [2009] EWCA Crim 2293; [2009] WLR (D)

“In relation to the offence of selling a device which is primarily designed, produced, or adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures, it must be established that there has been copying of the whole or a substantial part of a copyright work, but it was not necessary to consider a computer game as a whole because copyright also subsisted in the various drawings which resulted in the images shown on the television screen or monitor.”

WLR Daily, 10th November 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Grand Theft Auto player jailed for sex attacks on women – Daily Telegraph

“A teenager who sexually assaulted women in the street after spending hours playing the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has been jailed indefinitely.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Computer games: Industry acts on illegal downloads – The Guardian

“The computer games industry is launching a crackdown on people who illegally download games from the internet by writing to 25,000 people in Britain suspected of illegally sharing files and asking them to pay £300 immediately to avoid any further legal action.”

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The Guardian, 20th August 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Game sharers face legal crackdown – BBC News

“A British woman who put a game on a file-sharing network has been ordered to pay damages to the game’s creator.”

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BBC News, 19th August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Plans for computer games classifications Q&A – The Guardian

“Where do the plans for new rules come from? Earlier this year, Tanya Byron, a psychologist advising the Government, said that video game ratings should to be overhauled to make them easier for parents and children to understand.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Court slaps UK BitTorrenters with landmark damages award – The Register

“The Central London County Court has ordered four BitTorrent users to pay a video games company £750 interim damages following a landmark victory by no win, no fee copyright lawyers.”

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The Register, 2nd July 2008

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

Judge quashes mod chip seller’s conviction, blames prosecution error – OUT-LAW.com

“A man who ran a business selling computer chips that helped games consoles play pirated games has had his conviction for copyright infringement overturned on appeal. The High Court judge called him ‘fortunate’ and criticised the prosecution case.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th June 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Electronic Arts slams video game ratings proposals – Daily Telegraph

“Plans to introduce cinema-style age classifications for video games have been criticised by the world’s largest games developer.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

R v Higgs – WLR Daily

R v Higgs [2008] EWCA Crim 1324; [2008] WLR (D) 211

“To establish the offence of selling a device which is primarily designed, produced, or adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures, it must be shown that the technological measure concerned physically prevents infringement of copyright, and is not merely a discouragement or commercial hindrance to copyright infringement.The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) so held in allowing an appeal by the defendant, Neil Stanley Higgs, against his conviction on 19 October 2007 in the Crown Court at Bristol before Her Honour Judge Hagen of 26 offences contrary to s 296ZB of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.”

WLR Daily, 26th June 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Violent video games are being bought illegally by children – Daily Telegraph

“Children are illegally buying violent video games over the internet because traders are failing to check their age, an investigation has found.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Video games cause violence, most children admit to Ofcom – Daily Telegraph

“Most children believe that playing violent computer games does lead to aggressive behaviour, according to a survey by the broadcasting regulator.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th May 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Censors ‘could not cope with flood of new titles’ – The Times

“Plans to widen the use of cinema-style rating for computer games are at risk of failing, amid predictions that soon there will be too many for the censors to regulate.”

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The Times, 30th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Manhunt 2 wins battle for release – BBC News

“The ban on controversial video game Manhunt 2 in the UK has been lifted and the game will now go on sale.”

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BBC News, 14th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Tighter controls on video games – Daily Telegraph

“The classification system that prevents children from playing violent or sexually explicit video games is likely to be extended under recommendations in a report commissioned by the Prime Minister.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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