Copyright and Trademark

Why are Twitch streamers receiving DMCA takedown requests?

This past weekend, Twitch streamers have received a large number of DMCA takedown requests for alleged music copyright violations in clips that were created in the past three years. Twitch, currently one of the largest video game streaming sites, is recommending that streamers delete any clips that have received takedown requests.  📢 This week, we've …

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What to Consider When Protecting Trade Secrets

The video game industry thrives on secrets. Game reveals, licensing deals, budgets and more are closely guarded aspects of the business that are part of a company’s larger operational strategy. Games, especially large blockbusters, are also made by teams of people. The more people that know a secret, the harder it is to keep. That’s …

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What is DMCA anti-circumvention?

The primary goal of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is to protect technology, devices, and/or services that are copyrighted. Anti-circumvention refers to laws that prohibit the circumvention of technological barriers for using a digital good and/or service in a way that the rights-holder doesn’t allow. The requirement for anti-circumvention laws came about with the …

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The First Amendment and Video Games – Part 5: Brown v. EMA

In parts 1-4 of this First Amendment series, I gave an introduction, provided the basics of the First Amendment and talked about what First Amendment protection means along with what speech is protected. In this post, I will give a bit of context for how those standards are applied to video games, specifically. Brown v. EMA Until …

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What is a DMCA counter notice?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) protects technology, devices or services that are copyrighted. The act was written to protect IP owners, content hosts and internet service providers. It also provides a safe harbor for hosts and ISPs when users commit infringement on their platforms. A DMCA counter notice is the response an organization submits …

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What is § 230 Immunity?

The internet is sometimes perceived as a largely unregulated place because of the sheer volume of content that can be uploaded and shared, as well as the seemingly anonymous nature of what can happen online. Providing stability in this swirling chaos are Internet Service Providers (ISPs), that act as a hub for activity and content …

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