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Lies and Seductions, a single player game about seduction, lies, and betrayal.
Designed under the creative lead of Petri Lankoski at the Aalto University school of Art and Design
Image: Lies and Seduction team .

According to the Copyright Act (404/1961), a person who has created a literary or artistic work shall have copyright therein [1]. The expression "literary or artistic work" includes all literary, scientific and artistic products, regardless of the manner or form they are expressed in [2]. Therefore, video, computer and other games and their components are protected by copyright if they exceed the required level of originality.

Copyright requires that the work exceeds the so-called required level of originality. In other words, the work must be an independent and original product of the author's creative work. According to the general rules for interpretation created in case law, the required level of originality is exceeded if it can be assumed that no-one else would have produced a similar work, had they undertaken to create one [3]. There are no other requirements to achieving copyright protection. Ultimately, whether or not the required level of originality is exceeded is decided on a case-to-case assessment of the entire work.

Copyright is always credited to the physical person or persons who have created the work. Thus, in case of video and computer games the copyright is credited to the author(s) of the game.

Notes and References

[1] Copyright Act

[2] Harenko – Niiranen – Tarkela (2006): Tekijänoikeus, kommentaari ja käsikirja, WSOYpro, Helsinki.

[3] Haarmann (2005): Tekijänoikeus ja lähioikeudet, Talentum, Helsinki.