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Nintendo vs Modchips

Nintendo vs Modchips

In one of my, increasingly frequent, excursions away from competition law into the wider world of EU law I consider the impact of the the Court of Justice’s judgment in Nintendo v PC Box on the legality of videogame console ‘modchips’ under EU and copyright law.

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The Laws of the Game – More on EU Law and DRM

There have been questions surrounding the legality of videogame console ‘modchips’ for many years. We may be about to see some authoritative answers for the first time as a number of cases come before the EU Courts. Two cases, stemming from legal actions instigated by Nintendo in Italy (Case C-355/12) and Germany (Case C-458/13), have been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU for preliminary references. AG Sharpston delivered her Opinion in the first of those cases, Nintendo v PC Box Srl, on 19th September 2013. Read More…

Xbox 180: Microsoft no Longer Dream the DRM

The announcement that Microsoft are to drop the controversial Xbox One DRM policies that would restrict the renting, sharing or selling-on of Xbox One games, which I blogged about a few days ago, has been met with joy by many gamers. For those gamers with an interest in the legal issues in videogames the announcement was tinged with a little disappointment. We now won’t have a chance to have lots of interesting interesting legal questions discussed in the terms of a popular mass market product.

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The Xbox One, DRM and EU Law

Xbox One

As a long-time fan of videogames the announcement of new generation of consoles is always exciting, but this time round the announcements of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and the Xbox One (XbOne) also had an interesting legal angle.

One of the most controversial elements of the new Xbox One console is its DRM and restrictions on the sharing of games purchased by users. In previous generations games were bought on optical media and once gamers had completed a game they were able to share it with friends or ‘trade-in’ the title at a retail store for cash or credit to purchase a new title. It looks like Microsoft are to restrict that practice with the Xbox One. Read More…

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