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My youngest daughter just ran the install for Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo. She liked all the new additions. I thought it was cool that the copyright updated from 2012-2013 to 2012-2016. Odd, right?

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    Not really odd, that’s just how games work. The copyright range basically states the beginning and end of that particular intellectual property (the game rather than the entire franchise) from first release anywhere to last release/update anywhere. This is why remastered games have their date range set to the original game’s release.

    For an example in general, say you released Game X in 1999 and it originated in Japan, then got released in the US two years later, then got an update in both locations simultaneously in 2002. In Japan, the copyright would simply be 1999, then 1999 – 2002 after the update. Meanwhile, the US version would end up starting as 1999 – 2001, then change to 1999 – 2002 after the update, matching the Japanese one.

    Just an interesting quirk of the system and how they categorize copyrights in games.