Task 2: Research – Intellectual property

These definitions have been quoted from the website of ‘World Intellectual Property Organisation’ and there definition for copyright is: ‘Copyright (or author’s right) is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculpture, and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.’

Their definition for trademarks is: ‘A trademark is a sign capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one enterprise from those of other enterprises. Trademarks are protected by intellectual property rights.’

Finally there definition for industrial designs is: ‘In a legal sense, an industrial design constitutes the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article. An industrial design may consist of three dimensional features, such as the shape of an article, or two dimensional features, such as patterns, lines or colour.’

When a company is creating a game, for example EA Sports when creating Fifa, there will be a chance that they would buy the rights to use the football teams and their colours. For EA Sports and Fifa there main rival for football would be the company Konami with them creating the game Pro Evolution Soccer. In the game Fifa every team will have the correct logo, team name and the correct kits and this is because EA Sports have bought the rights to have them in their game, whereas in the game Pro Evolution Soccer not all the teams have the correct name, logo and kit and this is because Konami haven’t bought the rights to have them. Each game will have there own certain feature in the game that they themselves have created and they would of probably got copyright on that just so no other company could copy them and have similar style games and by having your own certain features and the rights to use the correct teams it is most likely that that game will be more popular than the other.