Foul play: copyright protection for online games

By Aditi Sharma, Lall Lahiri & Salhotra
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Online gaming is one of the fastest growing obsessions of today’s youth. What began with video games – first in arcades on giant sized machines and later on relatively smaller and portable devices – has moved to online games that pit the player against the rest of the world. Now gaming consoles are sought after recreational items and online games have a sizable fan following among people of all ages.

The more innovative and interesting a game, the more it earns. The multimillion-dollar contracts for the developers of these games are testimony to the large returns a fresh concept can reap.

Aditi Sharma,Associate,Lall Lahiri & Salhotra
Aditi Sharma
Associate
Lall Lahiri & Salhotra

Protecting a game is thus critical to maintaining its business viability. For it is by exploiting the game’s intellectual property that an online game can maintain its competitive edge. When this advantage is lost, either by sale of pirated versions of the game or by infringement of its copyright, businesses can incur severe losses.

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Aditi Sharma is an associate with Lall Lahiri & Salhotra, an IP boutique based in Gurgaon.

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