Wemade and Actoz Soft are in the process of a lawsuit in relation to ‘The Legend of Mir 2’. The countries where the lawsuit is being filed are South Korea, China, and Singapore, only those that have been disclosed. It is estimated that there will be more undisclosed lawsuits. Some of these lawsuits have been ongoing for over 10 years.
Whenever a judgment comes out in a specific court, Wemade or Actoz Soft posts a public notice or announces it through a press release. Among these various lawsuits, some are developed in favor of Wemade, and others are developed in favor of Actoz Soft.
However, there is one variable that will have a long-term impact before such a lawsuit. It is the attitude of the Chinese government towards copyright. In recent years, the Chinese government has been emphasizing the need to properly protect copyrights in business. This trend seems to be affecting the Chinese game industry unknowingly. In fact, large companies such as Tencent and NetEase emphasize that they have signed a contract with the original author when announcing a mobile game based on a famous work. It is for this reason that the Chinese character for 'genuine' sometimes appears in the representative icon of mobile games released in China.
In this trend, some courts in China urge compliance with copyright while disclosing various copyright-related precedents that have occurred in the game industry. There are many cases of copyright infringement of games that are popular mainly in China. In addition to copyright, there are cases of problems with trademark infringement or unfair competition.
And this stance in China is likely to affect ongoing legal disputes as well. In the case of 'Legend of Mir 2' lawsuit, various issues are intertwined, so it is expected that various courts in China will continue to issue judgments in the future. However, if China emphasizes compliance with copyright as it is now, the courts are likely to make judgments in the direction of respecting copyright.
If this happens, from the standpoint of Wemade, there is a high possibility that the rights to ‘The Legend of Mir 2’ will be recognized even a little more in China. In other words, from the standpoint of Wemade, there is room to lean on in the litigation battle in China. Whether the amount of damages increases or the number of recognized rights increases, the possibility of leading to good results increases for Wemade in any way.
On the other hand, this stance of the Chinese government is also good for other South Korean game companies. If the trend of respecting copyrights is maintained, when Chinese game companies develop games based on Korean games, they will try to sign contracts with Korean companies. And even when a problem is raised about a game that was released without such a contract, the possibility of a ruling in favor of the South Korean company is slightly higher.
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