This article addresses application of copyright protection to sports video games, discusses relevant important issues, and is aimed at disclosing intellectual property approaches applicable to the various elements of that entertainment and sports technology. The main focus is put on issues such as copyrightable subject matter in sports, proprietary rights in sports video games, national approaches to copyright laws, complex issues of vesting copyright, and relationships between creators and users of video games. Particular attention is paid to protecting the athletes moves that appear in video games and elaboration of the copyright issues in Ukraine. It is suggested that categorized copyright protection is an adequate and flexible approach to sports video games as an independent and significant genre containing various copyrightable objects.
Shmatkov, Daniil, Copyright Issues in Digital Society: Sports Video Games (September 2021).