Video Game Law Blog - 1981

Current issues in video game law and technological innovation.

  • FIRST CANADIAN VIDEO GAME COPYRIGHT CASE?
    (This is an archived case summary) This was one of the first Canadian cases to consider whether copyright could attach to the source code of a game. The defendant's game units would flash
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  • Pioneer Patent Case Intellivision Infringes
    (This is an archived case summary) Magnavox claimed that Mattel had, through the manufacture, use and sale of Intellivision video games, infringed Magnavox's “Television Gaming Apparatus”
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  • SPACE INVADERS CAUSE INDIGESTION?
    (This is an archived case summary) The plaintiff wanted to open a restaurant with forty tables equipped with built-in coin-operated video games, thus allowing patrons to dine and blast space invaders
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  • CRAZY KONG ENJOINED
    (This is an archived case summary) Nintendo sought and received an injunction against Elcon, who had been importing circuit boards manufactured by Falcon into the United States. Falcon was a past
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  • THERE IS COPYRIGHT IN VIDEO GAMES!
    Williams Electronics Inc. v. Artic International is a key case which established that copyright exists in video games. Williams Electronics manufactured and sold a coin-operated electronic video
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  • Pac-Man V. Jawbreaker
    The defendant published a game called “Jawbreaker” which was created by John Harris. Harris admitted to getting the idea from “Pac-Man”. Jawbreaker was already being marketed
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