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#Legal System

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Amsterdam 1666

Ubisoft ends lawsuit with Assassin's Creed creator, hands over 1666 Amsterdam

Ubisoft and Patrice Désilets have kissed and made up. Or at least buried the hatchet. Today, the Assassin's Creed creator announced plans to withdraw legal action against Ubisoft after reaching an agreement with the publisher that wi...

 
1666: Amsterdam photo
1666: Amsterdam

Ubisoft's canceled 1666 resurfaces as trademark

Patrice Désilets was the creative director of Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft's cash cow from which all its games seem to be modeled (endlessly reproducable open-world systems from now until end, amen). He left the company in 2010 and went...

 
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Ark

Ark: Survival Evolved developer seemingly forks over $40M to settle lawsuit

Ark: Survival Evolved has found success on both PC and Xbox One since its summer 2015 Early Access launch. However, recent legal matters threaten to heavily cut into those profits, especially if today's purported development proves to ...

 
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Grand Theft Auto Online

We've spent $500M on GTA Online microtransactions

Rockstar has generated over half a billion - yes, billion - dollars through microtransactions on Grand Theft Auto Online. The news was revealed as part of ex-Rockstar North’s president Leslie Benzie’s $150m lawsuit against ...

 
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Rockstar lawsuit

Former head of Rockstar North sues developer, alleges $150M in unpaid royalties

Back in January, we reported that Leslie Benzies resigned from his position as the president of Rockstar North after taking a 17-month sabbatical. As it turns out, that isn't entirely how it happened. Benzies insists that Rockstar willfully...

 
Hostile takeover
Remember when French conglomerate Vivendi gave up ownership in Activision Blizzard? You might struggle to remember the exact moment for a while -- three years is a long time -- but I assume you'll have a flash of realization ...   read

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Oh really?

Uh, those logos look awfully familiar, UCLA School of Law

Listen, I'm no attorney. I don't have a J.D. and I haven't passed the bar. But, I have played entirely too much Rock Band in my life -- enough to recognize four distinct logos. That's why, not-attorney as I may be, it doesn't seem righ...

 
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Fallout 3

Germany lifts Fallout 3 ban en route to re-release speculation

Germany banned Fallout 3 in 2009 over its violent content (it also missed India and, briefly, was under fire in Australia). Eventually a censored version was offered for German players, but the original, uncensored version is no longer bann...

 
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Lumberyard

Amazon's new game engine has a 'zombie clause'

Normally, the Amazon Web Services Terms of Service is an interminable slog of legalese and jargon, a veritable Dagobah-esque mire only decipherable by super ambitious law-school kids. And with the addition of Amazon's new Lumberyard game en...

 
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NBA 2K16

Tattoo studio sues Take-Two Interactive for $1,144,000

A tattoo studio is suing NBA 2K16 publisher Take-Two Interactive for $1,144,000. According to Hollywood Reporter (via Eurogamer), Solid Oak Sketches filed a copyright on Monday for the tattoos of eight different NBAers - including LeBr...

 
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Evil publisher fight

Ubisoft and EA clash over 'Ghost' trademark

Publishers Ubisoft and Electronic Arts are primed to go to war over the word "ghost." The former filed a Notice of Opposition with the United States Patent and Trademark Office this Friday, disputing a pair of trademark applications EA file...

 
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Let's Play

The USPTO updates refusal of Sony's 'Let's Play' trademark application

A few weeks ago, Sony tried to trademark the phrase ‘Let’s Play’. Seeing as it’s a ubiquitous term for commentated gameplay that’s been used since the Something Awful forums coined it back in 2007, it’s n...

 
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Microsoft

Xbox 360 disc-scratch lawsuit appeal referred to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will decide if Microsoft has a case to answer in regards to a class-action lawsuit that maintains Xbox 360 consoles were scratching discs as the result of a design defect. If this sounds familiar, it is - this is a case th...

 
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Jonas Savimbi

The family of an Angolan rebel is suing Activision for Black Ops 2

Jonas Savimbi played a pretty important role in Angola’s history. He regularly fought against the Portuguese, who had colonised the country, and then also fought against the new ruling political party, the MLPA, up until his death in ...

 
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Not my wife!

Man sues Bethesda over Fallout 4 addiction

Move over, Florida Man, we're getting intentional weirdos. According to the Russian-government-owned news publication RT, a Siberian man is suing Bethesda and its Russian localization crew over his addiction to Fallout 4, which cost him his...

 
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Shkreli schadenfreude

League of Legends team chairman and general villain arrested on fraud

It would be difficult to have avoided the name (and mousy little face) Martin Shkreli if you've been online recently. Shkreli, a pharmaceutical executive, made headlines after raising the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim by more than ...

 
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Nintendo

Nintendo successfully fends off another patent case against Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo's hardware seems to be a magnet for litigation. Everyone thinks the Wii U or the 3DS infringe on their patents, but Nintendo proves time and time again that they don't. The Japanese platform-holder has another successful defense to...

 
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Itagaki

Buy tickets to see Dead or Alive's Itagaki in court

I say "Dead or Alive's Itagaki" because perhaps you forgot about the brash Team Ninja head. You wouldn't be at fault. Since leaving Team Ninja in 2008 all he's managed to put out is Devil's Third, an incredibly poorly received Wii U game th...

 
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Carpenter told to sue

John Carpenter didn't sue Hideo Kojima because 'he's a nice guy'

John Carpenter (Ghosts of Mars; Gorgon, the Space Monster) recently talked to Hollywood Reporter about his successful plagiarism suit against French director Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional) whose recent film Lockout rips off Carp...

 
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UK Law

The new UK Consumer Rights Act guarantees digital refunds

The UK has some fairly decent consumer protection laws, compared to the nonsense I’ve heard happen in other countries. The only problem is that they could be fairly vague, and fighting for your rights often involved getting our hero D...

 
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Fair Use

American courts say companies must consider fair use when removing videos

Since 2007, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been in a legal battle with Universal. Lenz v. Universal was filed because of Universal throwing a DMCA takedown notice on a family video of a child dancing to Prince’s Let’s Go...

 
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Pokemon Championships

Pokemon World Championship attempted shooting suspects denied bail

Last month, two armed men were arrested for allegedly threatening a mass shooting at the Pokémon World Championship. Now, Kevin Norton (18) and James Stumbo (27) have been denied bail, meaning they will be required to stay in jail fo...

 
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Shame, shame

FTC comes down on Machinima for 'deceptive' Xbox One marketing

In late 2013, around the time that the Xbox One launched, YouTube content creation group Machinima struck an advertising deal with Microsoft. The marketing campaign would feature videos from Machinima's network of influencers. More specific...

 
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Get 200 amiibo

Unofficial 'amiiqo' can save amiibo data without buying the toys

People are varying degrees of upset over Nintendo's not-unexpected decision to lock content -- even if it's mainly costumes and the like -- behind amiibo pairing. The "amiiqo" is an okay answer to these complaints. The completely unauthori...

 
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Pixels

Legitimate videos DMCA'd off Vimeo by Pixels movie copyright enforcers

Pixels was a bit of a train wreck, wasn’t it? It currently sits at a meager 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the general consensus on the film is people would rather pour salt into a papercut in their eyeball than have to watch it again. P...

 
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Gameboy Advance Emulator

Nintendo pulls browser-based GBA emulator

Nintendo have put an end to a browser-based Gameboy Advance Emulator. The emulator didn’t actually have a name, but instead was a Github page that hosted many Javascript versions of popular GBA games such as Pokemon Emerald and Advanc...

 
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Desura

Desura owner Bad JuJu files for bankruptcy

A couple of weeks ago, it came to light that digital distributor Desura, and its indie bundle site Indie Royale, has been failing to pay developers on its platforms. Well, it looks like they might not be getting that money at all now, ...

 
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Don't get cocky

Expensive dick moderation helped kill the last LEGO MMO

Someone think about the children! Like my own personal brand, LEGO is a family-friendly, name-stealing company. And so the open-ended, Minecraft-like builder LEGO Worlds has some problem what with immature idiots' propensity to build cock. ...

 
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Oculus

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey accused of fraud

Oculus VR founder, Palmer Luckey, is being sued for breach of contract. According to The Recorder, Hawaiian virtual reality company Total Recall Technologies “seeks compensatory and punitive damages” against Luckey for...

 
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BBC Drama

Rockstar Games is suing the BBC

Rockstar Games has filed a lawsuit against the BBC. This is because of the Beeb’s upcoming drama Game Changer, which details the early days of the studio and its hit Grand Theft Auto as well as the much-publicised conflict between Roc...

 

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Associate Editor for Destructoid UK. Has a, quite frankly, disturbingly large collection of Monsters Inc. merchandise that nobody ever seems to ask him about. Still, he's mostly harmless. --- ...

 

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Inquisitive Ravenclaw

Starting tomorrow Ill essentially have $35 in my Do I go the $13 route (I own SSFIV already but not on the I also cant use the WiiU games), or just beat-the-average?

 
ikiryou

Well, my happy-go-lucky new job is probably going out the door, thanks to the mathematically-challenged temp before me who farked up the warehouse So long sexy forklift/Aliens cosplay

 
keisal

I guess U-verse has internet data caps now, but if you have a TV plan with them it remains Even though mine will be unlimited this still pisses me Its the principal of the

 
Confuseddalek

So far today I have fallen through a ceiling, and hit my head on a sink on the way Blacked out, and woke up to find myself in the womens restroom that is full of One woman was pushing my head with her foot to see if I was still

 
ZombZ

I want to write a blog and have been doing some has eventually led me to an article on a certain my naivete I checked the comments for opinions and inspiration only to be reminded why I dont go there

 
YoeriB

Wooow were getting a the punisher series!

 
MeanderBot

*sniff sniff*

 
MeanderBot

Whoops, there I go pressing the post button out of *ahem* Catgirls!

 
Sarah Jane Farron

I was out with a friend in the city centre today and realised its kind of really fun to listen to nearby conversations between other The amount of dumb its So many people are dumb and quite amusing to listen

 
OverlordZetta

Question! Is there a way to do something about how some of the front paged blogs are under a different tag? I was confused and wondering where Torchs mech one went (wanted to look up some of the shows) until I found it was under a different

 
Torchman

That feel when you finally deal with some problems with your computer that have been bugging you for

 
Nathan D

I love seeing people out and about that make me seem perfectly normal by Feels

 
Pixie The Fairy

Rae woke up in a sandy ruin, her head aching from the crash, though she was thankfully She spots a dusty chest near her and opens Then a voice asks, Become classy or be total anime trash?

 
iam16bit

Im really digging Affordable Space

 
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Dangus Taargus

So after just finishing every previous Star Fox game made before Zero, and having now just played through the first 4 missions of What the fuck is wrong with people? This game is absolutely Pro Tip: Go to training Get

 
Rad Party God

Apparently, Doom has a permadeath option and youll leave your helmet where you died, kind of like the blood pools of Dark

 
Luca Blight

Before I go to bed I decide to give you not one but two cat Good night everyone :)

 
KnickKnackMyWack

Finally got General Pepper to say WHAT?! in Star Fox :D

 
GWJosh

This week on the cast, I spoke to Overflow Games about the development of their first Kickstarted title: Cornerstone the Song of Tyrim

 
Vadicta

Now, theres a

 
JDelwynn

Dear diary, I did something stupid I bought an always online game to play I promised myself I wouldnt do that after bying The Crew, but I had a And why the hell would I use Destructoid as my diary?!

 
Fuzunga

Were talking about cat girls today?

 
ACESandElGHTS

So many Why is Philco so sweaty? Why is he so ANGRY? What sort of heckling was he getting that he would stuff a tambourine down his pants and give someone a death stare -while- flipping off a camera? Su Su Sudio,

 
Parismio

YES!!!

 
Kaleido Ruby

Ive got an extremely annoying and an extremely annoying (in a different sense) entry on SMM Also, give me some ideas of things to I seem to get more of a kick seeing ideas than making (See comments)

 
klaw616

Thank God for this Youtuber for making this awesome God for Jim Fucking Sterling Son despite his absolute hatred of Star Fox Zero (Which I havent I just really want it to be above all else #FucKonami

 
GaruSlicer

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