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Welcome to elspa

ELSPA(the Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association) was founded in 1989 to establish a specific and collective identity for the British computer and video games industry. Since then, the membership has steadily grown from 12 to nearly 100 companies, including […]

Software piracy – advice for retailers

Do you realise how much profit you could be losing because of these pirates? Every year thousands of pounds worth of illegal software is sold in the United Kingdom, at car boot sales, markets, mail order and other retail outlets […]

Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981

S.1 A person is guilty of forgery if he makes a false instrument, with the intention that he or another shall use it to induce somebody to accept it as genuine. S.2 It is an offence for a person to […]

Computer Misuse Act 1990

S.1 (1) A person is guilty of an offence if- a) he cause a computer to perform any function with intent to secure access to any program or data held in any computer b) the access he intends to secure […]

Trade Marks Act 1994

S.92 (1) A person commits an offence who, with a view to gain for himself or another, or with intent to cause loss to another, and without the consent of the proprietor- a) applies to goods or their packaging a […]

Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988

Offences S.107(1) A person commits an offence, when without the licence of the copyright owner- a) makes for sale or hire   b) imports into UK (not for private or domestic use)   c) possesses in course of a business […]

Screen violence effects

Following the recent upsurge in attention by the national media into the effects of violence from screen media, in particular the computer and video games industry, it may be helpful to you to be aware that there is a bibliography […]

Industry self regulation for content

In 1993 the UK games industry called in the Video standards Council (VSC) to set up a voluntary age rating system, to cover the rating of games exempt from legal classification under the Video Recordings Act. 90% of all titles […]