Video Game Law Blog
Current issues in video game law.
An Australian computer security expert has found that the PS3's computing power makes it a powerful tool for cryptography cracking. This does not mean that casual gamers can suddenly start hacking [read more]
Davis LLP’s Video Game Law Blog celebrates its third birthday. Since its inception in 2004, the blog has been a vehicle for members of the Davis LLP Video Games & Interactive Entertainment [read more]
Upset by the fact that the ESRB rated the revised Manhunt 2 game as "Mature" instead of as "Adults Only", four U.S. senators - Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh and Sam [read more]
In response to more disappointing news, Atari, Inc. has publicly questioned whether it will continue to carry on business.
The release of Atari, Inc.'s second quarter results indicated that [read more]
A class action lawsuit has been filed in California against Microsoft and Bungie, alleging that Halo 3 causes the Xbox 360 to crash or freeze, and therefore that the software is not "fit for [read more]
The “Something Awful” website has apparently posted a link on its site to a pornographic cartoon featuring Jade Raymond, spokesperson for Ubi’s Assassin’s Creed. According [read more]
It's been a while since we've posted anything in our ongoing Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate. Probably that's because we have great difficulties finding any law-related aspects to the debate [read more]
All within a few days, Singapore announced that it was banning the science fiction RPG "Mass Effect", then announced that the ban was lifted and that the game will be issued an M18 rating [read more]
Atari has announced that it will no longer carry out game development. Instead, as set out in its official statement, the company will focus on "title acquisition, sales and marketing, and physical [read more]
A Georgia (USA) resident has started a class action suit against Microsoft, claiming that Microsoft improperly allowed the man's son to subscribe to Xbox Live using the man's debit card, and [read more]
For advertisers, at least. Media giant NBC Universal has announced that it will start selling ads into IGA Worldwide's inventory of game titles. Industry commentators note that NBC Universal is [read more]
The ESRB has investigated the Manhunt 2 hacking/content issue (see our previous posthere), and has upheld the game's current M rating. The ESRB concluded that the content that is accessible by [read more]
Atari, Inc. announced that its net loss for the first quarter ended June 30, 2007 was $11.9 million. By comparison, Atari’s loss for the first quarter ended June 30, 2006 was $7.3 million.
The [read more]
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been busy investigating video game companies including Take-Two Interactive, Activision and Electronic Arts. The investigation into EA’s stock [read more]
Game publisher Atari Inc. has announced that it is in danger of losing its licence to the Dragonball Z franchise.
In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Atari disclosed [read more]
Our very own Dani Lemon was recently featured in a Canadian Lawyer article about life as a video game lawyer. She says she likes it. Go figure!
Click here for the article. [read more]
In 2006 a US district court judge held that fantasy baseball leagues can use player names and stats without permission (see our previous post).
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has now upheld [read more]
Davis LLP is excited have opened its office in Second Life. The office was started by the firm's Video Game Law & Interactive Entertainment Group and currently focuses on intellectual property, [read more]
Jack Thompson, well known for taking on the video game industry, appears to have filed documents in the Florida courts against Microsoft and Best Buy claiming that Halo 3 (about to be released) is [read more]
The American Federation of Musicians, a musicians’ union, is allowing its officers to enter into agreements with video game publishers to use video game music in trailers, advertisements, soundtracks [read more]
The Office québecois de la langue fran¸aise and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada officially made public the agreement reached in connection with the availability in Quebec [read more]
Here's an article published in the Lawyers Weekly this week, in which we discuss some of the virtual law going on in Second Life. The article was written by freelance writer Luigi Bennetton. [read more]
After initially warning Atari, Inc. last month, Nasdaq has again notified the software publisher that it is in danger of being de-listed from the exchange.
The latest warning arose after Atari [read more]
Quebec Government Minister Christine Saint-Pierre stirred things up in Quebec today by her declaration to Le Soleil newspaper that all video games coming to Quebec would have to be made available [read more]
Recent reports alleged that Metallica filed suit against Harmonix and Red Octane on the grounds that Guitar Hero III and Rock Band violate Metallica's copyright in its music. This of course led [read more]
Epic has filed a Motion to Dismiss Silicon Knights (“SK”) mid-July lawsuit and a cross-claim, alleging that SK’s lawsuit is merely a strategy, designed to force Epic to renegotiate [read more]
In 1995, OJ Simpson was acquitted in criminal court of murdering Ron Goldman. Two years later, Goldman’s family won a civil suit against Simpson. The court awarded the family over $33 million [read more]
A while ago we mentioned a Florida lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging that Xbox360s scratch discs to the point that the discs are unreadable (see here).
Another similar lawsuit was launched in [read more]
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