So... what's changed?
By Tim Colwill on May 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm
Most games companies operate under license from gun manufacturers when it comes to displaying their weapons in-game; signing contracts that allow their use in line with the gun owners right to receive royalties for their trademarks. Now, however, EA have announced that they’re not going to be doing that anymore.
So does that mean they’re moving away from violent games which use realistic guns — especially in the wake of the recent controversies with the Medal of Honor: Warfighter site actually linking to arms manufacturer sites where you could purchase your own guns? Nope! They’re still going to be using the same, real-world brands, but they’re just… not going to pay for the rights anymore.
EA is now asserting fair use rights, claiming that the company has no need to pay for something if they’re displaying it in a reasonable, real-world manner. “We’re telling a story and we have a point of view,” said EA’s Frank Gibeau to Reuters. “A book doesn’t pay for saying the word ‘Colt,’ for example.”
Reuters also noted that there hasn’t been a single case so far when a gun manufacturer has sued a game maker for using their firearms without a license.