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    Typical errors in publishing contracts

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    Today at 7 p.m. the 19th Open Stage Games will take place in Stuttgart, where I will talk about typical problems in publishing contracts for computer games(see this post). In advance, I would like to make available the corresponding PowerPoint presentation. More

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    Affiliate/CPA Advertising: Attention to cookies by banners and links

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    Cookies go around Recently, I have written a few things about the ECJ’s cookie decision. Many clients or potential clients asked me which area was still affected when running a website. And one of them is advertising, which many websites finance themselves. And this is a problem that should not be underestimated, because in the […] More

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    Mixer and imprint as well as other questions

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    Microsoft’s streaming platform Mixer has just begun a real battle between the streaming giants, with the software giant first dropping Ninja from Twitch and most recently Shroud. Ninja now generates 42 million streaming hours and Shroud 39 million hours. In total, Mixer now has more than 200 million streaming hours per month. So Mixer is […] More

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    Publishing contracts and recycling of code

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    Creating and correcting publishing contracts for computer games is just as much my day-to-day business as contracts for freelancers and other agreements. Again and again, in addition to questions of deductible costs, copyright is not only a problem, but can also quickly become a trap/risk for a developer studio, which is sometimes not noticed until […] More

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    Gamertag/Nickname “stolen”, what can be done?

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    The problem with stolen gamertags In recent months, more and more clients, especially well-known streamers, have approached me because their gamertag has been misused in a game, blocked in certain worlds or on certain servers of a game, or because the clients have been blocked have even received requests to make a specific payment of […] More

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    Never, Never, Never Sign a Contract Without a Lawyer

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    I have been in the computer game industry for over 20 years and worked as a lawyer for over 12 years. Already because of my large network in industry, also internationally, and also the large number of publishing contracts, terms and conditions for online games and much more that I have seen during this time, […] More

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    Consumer protection and computer games in Italy

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    The following article was originally written by Andrea Rizzi of www.insightlegal.it and will be published here in German and in an adapted version. The Italian Antitrust and Consumer Authority (AGCM) has recently dealt with consumer protection in the video game industry. With the appointment of a new AGCM commissioner (i.e. one of the three officials […] More

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    Is it allowed to reproduce Italian cultural monuments in our own works?

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    The following article was originally written by Andrea Rizzi of www.insightlegal.it and will be published here in German and in an adapted version. The Italian courts have recently demonstrated their willingness to enforce the Italian regime, which requires that any reproduction of Italian ‘cultural assets’ (as defined in the Italian Code of Cultural Property – […] More

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    New age rating for computer games in Italy; all the information!

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    The following article was originally written by Andrea Rizzi of www.insightlegal.it and published by me here on the blog in German. Italy has recently published its first state system for age rating and classification of content. On 12 April 2019, the Italian Regulatory Authority (AGCOM) published the new regulations, which (i) audiovisual works intended for […] More

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    France: Steam must allow resale of games

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    Steam and other video game license providers are currently under pressure in Europe to violate the Geoblocking Regulation(see this article). Now there is more “trouble” for the vendors, as a French court has ruled that Steam must offer users the option to resell licenses. The so-called “first sale” principle is relevant, which roughly corresponds to […] More

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    Are rules of the game protected in Germany?

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    Time and again, the question arises in the area of computer game tenants whether game rules are protected or whether one should “copy” them. The answer of a lawyer is “It depends”. In principle, rules of the game are not protected. However, the concrete results of a game, such as names, graphics, texts, setting, possibly […] More

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    “This is how online gaming can get really expensive”

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    On the question of whether loot boxes should be considered a gamble, I have already written something here. A few provocative legal versions of the Free2Play model, however, can be found in this article. Recently, I also gave an answer to my esteemed colleague, Neden hurabasic, who conjured up an article at Bild+. You can […] More

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