Games Lawyers: Join Us @ Video Game Bar Association Euro Summit

Attention games lawyers: For the third time, the Video Game Bar Association is putting on the one-day Euro Summit as a part of gamescom congress. When: Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 11:45 AM to 5:00 PM (+ drinks afterwards) Where: Congress-Centrum Nord, Cologne (directly at gamescom) Cost: You (only) need a gamescom congress ticket, starting at […]

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A New Player in the Consumer Protection Game: German Antitrust Authority A...

A recent amendment to the German Competition Act has given the federal antitrust authority (the “Bundeskartellamt”) additional jurisdiction to investigate violations of consumer protection law. While the authority will not be able to impose any fines, it can launch sector-wide investigations and intervene as an amicus curiae in court procedures, and has already created a […]

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Business Immigration 101: Getting Developers Into Europe

Games companies most often have a very diverse and international culture – but sometimes it can be a challenge to hire non-Europeans in the EU. Here is a hopefully helpful overview of business immigration rules in some major EU jurisdictions: EU Immigration 101 – Osborne Clarke von Konstantin (Konni) Ewald

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Beware of the (Watch)Dog: German Authorities on Mobile App Privacy Policies
September 1, 2014
In a joint effort, a working group reuniting all German Data Protection Authorities (“DPAs”) has now published its long awaited guidelines for developers of mobile games and apps. The 33 page document defines legal requirements for apps and also addresses the underlying technical framework, and announces more intense enforcement action in the weeks and months ahead. Read more
Let’s Play! But Who Wins the Copyright Battle?
August 27, 2014
The concept of “Let’s Play” is simple: Gamers make a video of themselves while playing and comment on the event like a TV reporter during a telecasted sporting event. Live-streams and video clips of game performances produced this way are uploaded to video platforms accessible for the interested public. The market for Let’s Play videos is booming. While in Germany the online audience of Let’s Play users is growing constantly, there are already entire dedicated streaming channels for Let’s Play content in the US, on which registered users follow extensive gaming sessions.

However, from a German and European copyright point of view, this market raises some issues and uncertainties that have yet to be addressed in case law. Read more

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