Spacewar! one of the early computer games
Photo: Joi Ito
As such, video and computer games are a new phenomenon on the market which has evolved rapidly. Games have not always been protected by copyright and in general, game-related case law became established only at the end of the 1990's. There have been three clear trends relating to the copyright protection of video and computer games :* Initially the copyright protection of games was widely rejected. This was explained mostly by referring to the games' technical nature and lack of originality and creativity.
- Later on, copyright was considered to only cover games as computer programs or simultaneously as computer programs and audiovisual works.
- Nowadays games are considered partly copyrighted computer programs and partly audiovisual works.
Notes and References
 Lai, Stanley (2000): The Copyright Protection of Computer Software in the United Kingdom, Oxford.