[Clipart] pacman baddies

Greg Bulmash oneminuteinspirations at gmail.com
Wed Jan 30 12:16:46 PST 2008

Looks like there may be a complex web of copyright and/or trademark
issues across international boundaries.  While there are lots of
unauthorized pacman rip-offs in the U.S. that suffer no consequences,
a court upheld Namco's copyright in a Japanese case and awarded Namco
over 3 million yen plus interest back in 1984.


- Greg

On Jan 30, 2008 8:42 AM, Nicu Buculei <nicu_gfx at nicubunu.ro> wrote:
> Greg Bulmash wrote:
> > My dad used to do IP law in the video game industry in the 80s, mainly
> > for Nichibutsu (Crazy Climber) and Irem (UniWarS).  I remember him
> > telling me that Pac-Man and Space Invaders weren't properly
> > copyrighted, which is why there were so many knock-off machines in
> > bars.
> >
> > I can't be sure, but I think you'd be clean, at least on the ghosts
> > from the original game, even if they were precise copies.
> Thanks for sharing!
> My main concern is about trademarks, I don't want the images to be
> tagged as "may be a PD Issue" because I used the game name inside the
> description.
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