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Copyright laws can seem confusing and difficult to navigate. To tell the truth, they are complicated. However, they are also important for creators to understand. Copyright laws determine what you can publish as your own original work, as well as what can lead to lawsuits against you. To give your work the best chance of survival, it is a good idea to become familiar with copyright and fair use law. Copyright and Fair Use Law…
Take-Two Interactive Software is a video game ownership company that owns many successful video game properties including 2K Sports and the Rockstar Games. Examining Take-Two’s privacy policy is a good way to get a feel for how privacy policy, and specifically Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is applicable in the video gaming industry. Responding to Criticism of Take Two’s Privacy Law Take Two’s privacy policy applies across the board to all of its products and all…
Privacy law encompasses the laws that deal with regulating and using people’s personal information which can be collected by governments, individuals or third parties. In the world of video games and online gaming, privacy law comes into play due to End User License Agreements or EULA. EULA’s are license agreements between a software product and a user that dictate the terms under which the product can be used and often have clauses allowing for the…
An End User License Agreement, or EULA, is a type of contract between a software application and its user. Specifically, a EULA works as a licensing contract, allowing the user to license the software within the permitted guidelines. Because a EULA is a license, it works differently from a typical contract. Licenses vs. Contracts A licensing agreement differs from a traditional contract in the same way that buying a car outright differs from leasing one.…
A guide for content host responsibilities to content creators under the DMCA The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is intended to update copyright law to deal with the regulation of digital media. When you upload any videos onto YouTube or make posts on social media, it falls under the DMCA. At its core, the DMCA exists to protect IP owners and to outline a specific set of rules for content hosts (e.g. YouTube, Instagram) in…
How to defend your content against predatory YouTube copyright abuse. Recently YouTube has run rampant with false or unfair copyright claims on content creator videos. Despite the fact that the content in the videos not infringing on any copyrights, corporations who believe their copyrights may have been violated are filing copyright claims with YouTube and unfairly taking the monetization away from content creators. YouTube is required to comply with the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)…
Things to know before you post sponsored content online as an influencer. The DMCA creates “safe harbors” for online content hosts. If a content host follows the rules outlined in the DMCA to qualify for safe harbor, then their liability is limited in cases where their users infringe on other people’s copyrights. For example, if someone uploads your video to YouTube without your permission, as long as YouTube follows the rules outlined in the DMCA,…