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Current issues in video game law.
In 2002 Ubisoft signed a deal with MGA Entertainment to publish video games based on the Bratz doll IP. In 2003 MGA tried to terminate the contract on the basis that Ubisoft was not meeting its obligations [read more]
According to a weekend report from Afterdawn, the Finnish Christian Democratic Party (CDP) is pushing for a new domestic video game inspection regime. The CDP, which holds only 7 of the 200 seats [read more]
The UK Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a TV ad for Midway's "Stranglehold" cannot be shown on British television because the ad encourages and promotes violence. The decision [read more]
In 2005 we reported that Roller Coaster Tycoon developer Chris Sawyer had sued Atari for US$5 million in respect of royalties he claimed Atari owed him. Sawyer also claimed that Atari breached a licensing [read more]
New Mexico’s 1% excise tax bill HB583 is presently under review by the House Business & Industry Committee. It is reported that, if passed, it will become law on January 1, 2009 and would [read more]
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is facing claims of trade-mark infringement from Buzztime Entertainment, a California-based maker of interactive electronic trivia games that are often found in [read more]
Despite a successful appeal to the British Video Appeals Committee (see our previous coverage), it appears Rockstar Games is still not able to release the controversial Manhunt 2 in the UK. On January [read more]
Take-Two Interactive has announced details of its compensation plan for gamers who purchased copies of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas before July 20, 2005 - the version which contains the sexually-explicit [read more]
Reported statistics about on-line gaming in China are pretty staggering: there are about 40.2 million on-line gamers, and 2007 on-line game sales exceeded $1.46 billion. The flip side is growing concern [read more]
We commented last week on the Texas lawsuit against Microsoft which was prompted by the problems XBOX Live experienced over the holiday season (see our previous post). The plaintiffs' lawyer has [read more]
GamePolitics cites various sources which claim that the Indian government is contemplating legislation banning violent video games. It's not clear what form the ban might take (for [read more]
Attention all game business people in the Metro Toronto area: The GameON Finance Forum is taking place on January 17 and 18 in Toronto.
we're proud to say that Sarah Dale-Harris, one of our [read more]
Hasbro, the owner of the board game SCRABBLE, has sued Facebook for copyright infringement, claiming that the Scrabulous game on Facebook violates Hasbro’s copyright in SCRABBLE. Hasbro is keen [read more]
Microsoft's XBOX Live network, an on-line system which allows subscribers to access content and play games over the Internet, experienced difficulties over the holiday season due increased demand [read more]
A US district court has denied an injunction application that would have stopped the sale of "Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s". The application was brought by The Romantics, who sued Activision [read more]
The Seoul Central District Court recently issued copyright infringement sentences to the producers and directors of a music video for Korean singer “Ivy”. The video used portions of the [read more]
Rockstar's difficulties with Manhunt 2 have been widely reported. The game was initially banned in the UK, and Rockstar appealed that decision (see our previous post).
Today, the 7-person [read more]
A US law firm has filed a class action lawsuit in the US on behalf of certain shareholders of Giant Interactive Group Inc., the game company in China that operates ZT Online.
The lawsuit claims [read more]
We reported back in November about a lawsuit by a group of Second Life merchants against Thomas Simon ("Rase Kenzo" in SL) and for making and selling unauthorized copies of the plaintiffs' [read more]
A pair of white-hat hackers claim to have found a vulnerability in Second Life (through an issue with QuickTime, which is used to stream videos in SL) that allows them to lift Lindens (SL's in-game [read more]
A US man says that his Wii provided evidence of his wife's improprieties. Here's the story: When the man returned home from serving in Iraq, friends and family told him that his wife had cheated [read more]
In what we like to imagine was the legal equivalent of the frenzied combat in "300", Game publisher Playlogic appears to have triumphed over game developer World Forge in a dispute over [read more]
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