|Wait a minute girl! |
The copyright club may
be not as exclusive as you think
Card and board games
Firstly, from Katfriend Adrian Kleinheyer (Bardehle Pagenberg) comes news that Spiele-Autoren-Zunft e.V. (SAZ, this being the German board and game designers association) has launched a petition to have board and card game designers acknowledged as authors under the German Copyright Act. The core claim is that
However, the story behind the struggle of German game designers for their rights started quite a long time ago.
In 1988, following game leading company Ravensburger's refusal to indicate the name of the game designer on game boxes, 13 game designers signed the Coaster Proclamation, in which they made it clear that none of them would give their games to a company if the author's name was not written on the box cover.
In 2011 SAZ launched the "Games also have authors" campaign to have game designers' names mentioned in publications and promotional contexts relating to their games.
Another interesting piece of news concerns football and video games and is something which comes from the US. No need to say that all this was brought to this Kat's attention during one of her daily visits to The Hollywood Reporter's website.
Apparently there will be soon a jury trial over American football videogame Madden NFL, and this will involve discussion on topical issues, including whether it is possible to protect the design of football plays and formations.
As explained by Eriq Gardner, contrary to plaintiff Robin Antonick's submission, defendant Electronic Arts argues that football plays cannot be subject to copyright protection because they do not fall into any of the eight subject matter categories defined by the US Copyright Act:
|OK, but can you at least |
describe what a 'work' is under
the Berne Convention?