Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils rebuked by advertising watchdog – BBC News

Posted August 27th, 2015 in advertising, children, complaints, news, video games by sally

‘The UK advertising watchdog has ruled against online games Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils in a crackdown on adverts pressuring children to spend money.’

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BBC News, 26th August 2015

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Violence against women not glamorised in age-restricted computer game online ads, watchdog says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 27th, 2012 in advertising, children, complaints, internet, news, ombudsmen, video games, violence by sally

“An advert for a computer game that contained ‘scenes of graphic violence’ involving fighting between a man and several women wearing ‘sexually provocative clothing’ was not likely to cause widespread offence or distress to viewers, was not socially irresponsible and did not glamorise violence against women, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th September 2012

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New video games age-rating regime comes into force – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 30th, 2012 in children, consumer protection, news, penalties, video games by sally

“Retailers that supply age-rated video games to children who are below the specified age could face up to six months in jail and a £5,000 fine under a new age classification regime in operation in the UK.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th July 2012

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Ofcom to investigate ITV over ‘IRA’ video game footage – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2011 in complaints, media, news, video games, video recordings by sally

“Media regulator Ofcom has launched an investigation into how ITV mistakenly included video game footage in a documentary that supposedly showed the IRA shooting down a helicopter with weapons supplied by Muammar Gaddafi.”

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The Guardian, 10th October 2011

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Regina v Gilham – WLR Daily

Posted November 12th, 2009 in copyright, law reports, video games by sally

Regina v Gilham [2009] EWCA Crim 2293; [2009] WLR (D)

“In relation to the offence of selling a device which is primarily designed, produced, or adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures, it must be established that there has been copying of the whole or a substantial part of a copyright work, but it was not necessary to consider a computer game as a whole because copyright also subsisted in the various drawings which resulted in the images shown on the television screen or monitor.”

WLR Daily, 10th November 2009

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Grand Theft Auto player jailed for sex attacks on women – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2008 in news, sentencing, sexual offences, video games by sally

“A teenager who sexually assaulted women in the street after spending hours playing the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has been jailed indefinitely.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2008

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Computer games: Industry acts on illegal downloads – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2008 in copyright, internet, news, video games by sally

“The computer games industry is launching a crackdown on people who illegally download games from the internet by writing to 25,000 people in Britain suspected of illegally sharing files and asking them to pay £300 immediately to avoid any further legal action.”

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The Guardian, 20th August 2008

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Game sharers face legal crackdown – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2008 in copyright, damages, internet, news, video games by sally

“A British woman who put a game on a file-sharing network has been ordered to pay damages to the game’s creator.”

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BBC News, 19th August 2008

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Plans for computer games classifications Q&A – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2008 in children, special report, video games by sally

“Where do the plans for new rules come from? Earlier this year, Tanya Byron, a psychologist advising the Government, said that video game ratings should to be overhauled to make them easier for parents and children to understand.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2008

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Court slaps UK BitTorrenters with landmark damages award – The Register

Posted July 3rd, 2008 in copyright, damages, news, video games by sally

“The Central London County Court has ordered four BitTorrent users to pay a video games company £750 interim damages following a landmark victory by no win, no fee copyright lawyers.”

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The Register, 2nd July 2008

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Judge quashes mod chip seller’s conviction, blames prosecution error – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 30th, 2008 in appeals, copyright, news, video games by sally

“A man who ran a business selling computer chips that helped games consoles play pirated games has had his conviction for copyright infringement overturned on appeal. The High Court judge called him ‘fortunate’ and criticised the prosecution case.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th June 2008

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Electronic Arts slams video game ratings proposals – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2008 in news, video games by sally

“Plans to introduce cinema-style age classifications for video games have been criticised by the world’s largest games developer.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2008

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R v Higgs – WLR Daily

Posted June 27th, 2008 in copyright, law reports, video games by sally

R v Higgs [2008] EWCA Crim 1324; [2008] WLR (D) 211

“To establish the offence of selling a device which is primarily designed, produced, or adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures, it must be shown that the technological measure concerned physically prevents infringement of copyright, and is not merely a discouragement or commercial hindrance to copyright infringement.The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) so held in allowing an appeal by the defendant, Neil Stanley Higgs, against his conviction on 19 October 2007 in the Crown Court at Bristol before Her Honour Judge Hagen of 26 offences contrary to s 296ZB of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.”

WLR Daily, 26th June 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Violent video games are being bought illegally by children – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 24th, 2008 in children, internet, news, video games by sally

“Children are illegally buying violent video games over the internet because traders are failing to check their age, an investigation has found.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2008

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Video games cause violence, most children admit to Ofcom – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 19th, 2008 in children, news, video games, violence by sally

“Most children believe that playing violent computer games does lead to aggressive behaviour, according to a survey by the broadcasting regulator.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th May 2008

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Censors ‘could not cope with flood of new titles’ – The Times

Posted April 30th, 2008 in news, video games by sally

“Plans to widen the use of cinema-style rating for computer games are at risk of failing, amid predictions that soon there will be too many for the censors to regulate.”

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The Times, 30th April 2008

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Manhunt 2 wins battle for release – BBC News

Posted March 14th, 2008 in news, video games, violence by sally

“The ban on controversial video game Manhunt 2 in the UK has been lifted and the game will now go on sale.”

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BBC News, 14th March 2008

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Tighter controls on video games – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 11th, 2008 in children, news, video games by sally

“The classification system that prevents children from playing violent or sexually explicit video games is likely to be extended under recommendations in a report commissioned by the Prime Minister.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2008

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