Season 2 Ep #1 When Video Games Get Real- From Tanks to Tattoos

  • Season 2 Ep #1 When Video Games Get Real- From Tanks to Tattoos

    This week on IP Goes Pop! Volpe Koenig Shareholder Michael Snyder explores what happens when real world intellectual property makes its way into the virtual (video game) world.

    In this episode, Michael looks at the outcomes of two separate cases involving famous major video game franchises, and how their use of real world images ended up in court.

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01:17 Background, Video Games and Intellectual Property

03:11 Virtual Worlds, Real Issues

03:49 AM General LLC v. Activision Blizzard, Inc. et al, No. 1:2017cv08644 (S.D.N.Y. 2020)

            4:20 “Call of Duty” video game by Activision

            06:18 AM General LLC - Licensing Company for the HUMVEE military vehicle Trademark and Trade Dress

            07:57 How is the HUMVEE military vehicle used in “Call of Duty”?

            08:28 Trade Dress

            13:40 Summary of Case Outcome

14:15 Solid Oak Sketches, LLC v. 2K Games, Inc., 449 F. Supp. 3d 333 (S.D.N.Y. 2020)

            15:09 Take-Two Video Game Studio, “NBA 2K

            16:28 NBA Player Tattoo Designs and Copyright Protection

            18:51 De minimis Use, Implied Licensing

            24:04 More NBA Tattoo Cases



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