May 18 was a sad day for video game lawyers, because on that day US Federal Judge Charles Kocoras permitted a settlement of a case between Tecmo and video game modders. NinjaHacker.net, whose webmasters Mike Greiling and Will Glynn were named as defendants in the lawsuit initiated by Tecmo, offered a community to create and distribute mods for Tecmo games such as Dead or Alive 3 and Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball. Tecmo, famous for making electronic near-naked characters fight and… play extreme beach volleyball, argued that NinjaHacker.net's mods violated US intellectual property and unfair competition laws, and of course the DMCA. Now that the case has settled, we may never know the legal accuracy of Tecmo's claims. As video game lawyers in search of truth and justice, we can thus only hope that this settlement collapses and everyone involved is ruined.
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