TIGA launches copyright survey in bid to canvas UK developer opinion

By November 6, 2012Press Releases

TIGA, the tradeassociation 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.”

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.

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