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8:15 PM on 08.03.2012

The DTOID Show: Zynga, Dishonored, and QuakeCon 2012!

Happy Friday, lovelies! We've got a jam-packed show today, full of all the QuakeCon and copyright infringement news you can handle! We've also got footage of Assassin's Creed III's AnvilNext engine, a list of famous people l...

Tara Long



EA suing Zynga over copyright infringement  photo
EA suing Zynga over copyright infringement
by Jim Sterling

Electronic Arts has announced that it will be twisting the knife into the beleaguered Zynga by taking it to court -- suing the trouble company over its new social game, The Ville. EA alleges that The Ville is a rip-off of The Sims Social. Man, we knew EA was gunning for Zynga, but they brought out the cannons now.

"The core legal issue is our belief that Zynga infringed copyrights to our game, The Sims Social," wrote EA.  "In legal terms, our claim is that Zynga copied the original and distinctive expressive elements of The Sims Social in a clear violation of the U.S. copyright laws.

"The legal reasons are solid. But for creative teams who feel that their hard work and imaginations have been ripped off, there’s obviously an emotional element too."

The full allegation can be read here, as Maxis manager Lucy Bradshaw attempts to garner sympathy in what can only be described as the villain face-off of the century. Seriously, Electronic Arts versus Zynga. What next? Two pedophiles having a fistfight? 

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7:30 PM on 08.01.2012

The DTOID Show: Aliens, Zynga, Ada Wong in RE6, & PAX

Today's episode of The Destructoid Show is brought to you by a flock of magical falcons who carried it here in a net woven out of gossamer spider-silk. Okay, not really. I just wanted to write something interesting. Sega rel...

Max Scoville

10:00 AM on 08.01.2012

Zynga shares plummet, lawsuit coming, gravy train crashes

Farmville creator Zynga is ... buggered. After a few years of living large and sucking as much cash as it could from Facebook users, the proudly "evil" company's bottom is well and truly falling out. Share prices have been fa...

Jim Sterling





8:00 AM on 08.01.2012

Steam says you can't mass-sue Valve anymore

Valve has become the latest company to try and avoid a lawsuit by making its users agree not to take it to court. Steam's newest terms of service include the same attempts to prohibit class action suits employed by Sony, Micr...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 07.24.2012

German group threatens to sue over Diablo III's DRM

A German advocacy group, the Federation of Consumer Organisations, is threatening legal action against Activision-Blizzard over the "always-on" DRM requirements in Diablo III.  The group demands that Diablo III's pa...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 07.23.2012

Patent troll sues Mojang, EA, Square over copy protection

Patent troll Uniloc is suing Minecraft developer Mojang, as well as EA and Square Enix, for infringing on a form of copy-protection it "owns." Uniloc's goal is to "Look at many ideas. Pick an outstanding one. Patent...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 07.19.2012

EA announces their stance against DOMA

EA, along with industry giants like Microsoft, Viacom, Google, Zynga, and Ebay, have this week signed an amicus brief declaring their opposition to DOMA, the United States federal law enacted in 1996 which legally define...

Holly Green

10:15 AM on 07.19.2012

Judge orders Apple to say Samsung didn't copy the iPad

For those not up on their corporate legal dickery, Apple has been trying to stop Samsung from selling its Galaxy tablet, claiming that the device is a direct rip-off of the iPad. In a rather amusing backfire, a UK judge has o...

Jim Sterling



EU court rejects EULAs, says digital games can be resold photo
EU court rejects EULAs, says digital games can be resold
by Jim Sterling

The Court of Justice of the European Union has struck a blow to the ego of publishers who believe they're entitled to retain ownership of the games they sell, ruling that consumers have a right to resell digitally distributed games. The ruling states that companies dissolve their claim in a product as soon as they've taken money for it. 

"An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his 'used' licences allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet," said the court. "...  Such a transaction involves a transfer of the right of ownership of the copy. Therefore, even if the licence prohibits a further transfer, the rightholder can no longer oppose the resale of that copy."

The ruling applies to all software, not just games. 

This overrules a publisher's EULA, meaning that no matter what the small print says, if a consumer wishes to sell his or her games, they have every entitlement. This effectively dissolves the idea that gamers pay only for licenses, and asserts that they have paid for an actual product that now belongs to them. 

Of course, with services like Steam and Origin, this ruling is more a moral victory than a tangible one, since there's no effective way to resell most digital games. However, it's still a nice middle-finger to serve any uppity executive who acts like you're paying for a glorified rental rather than the game itself. 

EU rules publishers cannot stop you reselling your downloaded games [Eurogamer]

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11:00 AM on 06.20.2012

Sony suspends PS Store in South Korea following new rules

Sony has had to suspend all PlayStation Store services in South Korea following a new ruling that says companies cannot ask for the real names and ages of minors when taking payment details.  The so-called Game Industry ...

Jim Sterling



R18+ age rating for games approved in Australia! photo
R18+ age rating for games approved in Australia!
by Jim Sterling

Ladies and gentlemen, it finally happened! After years of censorship and outright bans, Australia has finally approved an R18+ age rating for videogames, allowing adults to choose their own entertainment. 

"The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material," said home affairs minister Jason Clare, announcing the move. "The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law."

Before now, the oldest age attached to a game rating was fifteen, meaning that a lot of games suitable for adults were edited or refused classification. This new rating is to be made flesh next year, and will hopefully allow a wider variety of games to hit shelves. That's the hope, anyway -- individual states need to approve and adopt the ruling, but it is a very good start!

Personal choice! It smells nice this morning.

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4:30 PM on 05.31.2012

West vs. Activision settlement reached over COD lawsuit

In one of the nastiest legal battles within the past couple years of the gaming industry, things were set to officially go to court tomorrow. It's now known that Activision has reached an agreement with Jason West and Vince Z...

Brett Zeidler

7:00 AM on 05.31.2012

Justice for a Girl: No Doubt v Activision going to trial

It's been nearly three years since No Doubt first filed against Activision for improper use of their likeness in 2009 Guitar Hero spin-off, Band Hero. Since then the evil publisher has counter-sued the band, claiming they wer...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 AM on 05.31.2012

Japan takes another smack at Nintendo pirates

Nintendo DS pirates and home-brew hopefuls expecting to pick up a software loading card in Japan may need to start making other plans. Recently there was an amendment to the Unfair Competition Pr...

Hiroko Yamamura





8:00 PM on 05.30.2012

Epic victorious in drawn out suit from Silicon Knights

After a protracted legal battle lasting five years, a North Carolina court has closed the book on a suit brought forth by Silicon Knights against Epic Games, alleging that the developer of Unreal Engine 3 competed unfairly by...

Conrad Zimmerman