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Current issues in video game law.
Crowdfunding is “a method of funding a project or venture through small amounts of money raised from a large number of people [the crowd] over the internet via an internet portal intermediary [read more]
Almost every video game publisher, developer and service provider in Canada will be affected by Canada’s new anti-spam legislation and should have a plan for complying with it.
Ignoring [read more]
Earlier this month, ZeniMax Media filed six US trade-mark applications for FUS RO DAH in association with online games and various merch.
FUS RO DAH is a spell used in The Elder Scrolls, and on [read more]
Qj.net has reported that Electronic Arts. Inc. lost its legal battle before the National Arbitration Forum against Abstract Holdings International Ltd. for the rights to the SSX.com domain name. In [read more]
We posted recently about how EA has brought a pre-emptive lawsuit seeking judicial confirmation that it has a constitutional right to depict real-world helicopters in its games.
This lawsuit [read more]
Court denies Ubisoft's motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against OG's "Get Up and Dance"
Though it's likely that most self-styled "hard [read more]
Rogers, one of Canada's leading telecommunication providers, acknowledges that the internet traffic management techniques that it uses to slow down and prioritize certain kinds of network traffic [read more]
Electronic Arts (EA) has made a splash in the social gaming marketplace once again. After acquiring social game developer Playfish in 2009, EA announced on July 12, 2011 that it is in the process [read more]
Global News recently quoted from our article on the constitutionality of Canadian video game legislation Video Game Law in Canada, as part of a story on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling [read more]
Gaming company Zynga Inc. has reportedly been sued by the Learning Company for having used and infringed on its registered and exclusive trademark phrase "The Oregon Trail" in its FrontierVille social [read more]
It has been reported that the release of Tecmo's Dead or Alive in Sweden, Norway and Denmark has been cancelled. Publisher Nintendo and distributor Bergsala decided not to release the game over [read more]
We reported recently about Sony's lawsuit against George "GeoHot" Hotz, a hacker who found a way around the PS3's security features (see our previous post) to "jailbreak" [read more]
According to arstechnica.com, Sony has taken further steps to demonstrate that its legal action against hacker George Hotz for his PlayStation 3 jailbreak should proceed in California, rather than [read more]
In February, the Australian Classification Board (which sets ratings for video games) delivered a nasty blow to the upcoming Mortal Kombat game by giving it a "Refused Classification" rating [read more]
We mentioned late last year that Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses had sued Activision over Guitar Hero III (see our previous post). Rose claims that he granted Activision the right to use "Welcome [read more]
Although sales of rhythm-based music games are on a steep decline and the "Guitar Hero" franchise is, as of February 2011, officially dead (see gameinformer's coverage and commentary [read more]
It has been reported that Axl Rose, frontman for Guns N' Roses, has filed a lawsuit against Activision for having failed to respect its covenant not to feature a former band mate in the game Guitar [read more]
Professor Doug Lichtman at the UCLA School of Law very kindly brought to our attention his podcast of a discussion with senior legal officials from EA, Activision, and Take-Two about legal and other [read more]
US prosecutors have dropped the first-ever jury case under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act dealing with modding game consoles.
The defendant allegedly modified XBOX360 consoles so that they [read more]
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