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Game Theft! What Game Makers Need to Know About Copyrights


While the famous FBI warnings at the beginning of every DVD tell us that any kind of unauthorized copying is a violation of federal copyright law, the truth is far more nuanced. In fact, copyright only protects against some kinds of copying under certain sorts of conditions. This lecture will discuss the top five ways in which coders and game creators are allowed to lawfully borrow, copy, and steal from other works in the culture. We will look at three recently decided cases involving Tetris, God of War, and the battle between the Java and Android platforms.

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  • GDC 2013
  • Douglas Robbins
  • Wood Robbins LLP
  • free content
  • Design
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