Video Game Law Blog

March 19, 2005

Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and is currently remaking King Kong, has sued New Line Cinema for a greater share of licensing profits from the LotR movies. One of his specific claims is that New Line did not pay for scripts and song lyrics used in an unspecified Electronic Arts video game.

Although the full details of the claim are not clear, the action highlights a couple of points. First, video games are clearly an important source of potential licensing revenue for content creators, and it is crucial to address them explicitly in licensing transactions. Second, on a related point, video game creators must be very sure that they have the right to use every bit of third-party content included in their games.

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