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