TIGA Press Releases

TIGA launches copyright survey in bid to canvas UK developer opinion

Publish Date: Tuesday 6th November 2012

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, is surveying UK games developers on the issues surrounding copyright and their attitudes to it.


The 15-question survey asks game developers and digital publishers to indicate whether or not they have suffered from problems including 'game cloning'.


The survey also seeks to find the percentage of companies which own their own IP and whether they have taken action to enforce their IP rights.T


IGA has long argued that independent developers should not easily relinquish their IP when negotiating contracts with publishers. It has been an advocate for self-publishing which allows developers to retain their IP and publish their own games on browsers, smartphones and tablets and other platforms and has published a best practice guide to self-publishing.


Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, said:
"The games industry is changing at a rapid rate but the issue of copyright remains important. In particular, IP ownership can be crucial to building a sustainable games business. I hope that all developers and digital publishers will complete the TIGA survey on copyright issues so that TIGA can represent the industry’s views effectively on this important subject.”


The survey can be found at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1077204/TIGA-Copyright


Notes to editors
About TIGA:


TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have games publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership. Since 2010, TIGA has won 12 business awards and has been nominated a finalist for 16 other awards. In 2010 TIGA won two business awards including ‘Trade Association of the Year’ from the Trade Association Forum. In 2011, TIGA won eight business awards including ‘Trade Association of the Year’ from the Trade Association Forum, ‘Outstanding Organisation’ from the Chartered Management Institute and two Global Business Excellence Awards, including ‘Outstanding Marketing Campaign’.


Richard Wilson won the ‘Leadership Award’ from the Trade Association Forum and the ‘Outstanding Leader’ award from the Chartered Management Institute. In 2012, Richard Wilson wonthe IoD’s East of England Director of the Year Award and TIGA won a Global Business Excellence Award for running an Outstanding PR Campaign. TIGA is an Investors in People organisation, accredited to Bronze Level. TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members. This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.


For further information, please contact Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on: 07875 939 643, or email: richard.wilson@tiga.org.

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