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8:00 AM on 11.21.2011

EA sued over lack of Battlefield 1943 in Battlefield 3

Electronic Arts is being sued over its broken promise of extra content in the PS3 version of Battlefield 3. The publisher said that a digital copy of Battlefield 1943 would be included in the game but failed to deliver, inste...

Jim Sterling



Copyright infringement is alright with Angry Birds photo
Copyright infringement is alright with Angry Birds
by Brock Janikowski

Most companies go out of their way to protect their intellectual property. The scenarios, stories, and characters found in famous gaming titles are the lifeblood of many companies; allowing others to take their creative works can invite financial ruin.

Sometimes, though, a little copyright infringement might not be so bad. According to Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka, copyright infringement for Angry Birds products is running rampant in China ... and that's a good thing.

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The art of copying a videogame photo
The art of copying a videogame
by Brock Janikowski

It can be frustrating when the law seems to get in the way of videogames, and doubly so when lawsuits seem ridiculous. Regardless of how you feel about gaming lawsuits, there are times when the law should step in to protect developers.

This is a story about the line between a lack of creativity and copyright infringement. It's about how Attack Touch, the less-than-reputable creator of Ultimate iZelda Climb, is repeatedly using the copyrighted works of other game companies to make money on the iTunes App Store.

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8:40 AM on 10.18.2011

Mojang can keep using Scrolls name ... for now

In the latest chapter of Mojang vs. Bethesda, Minecraft developer Notch has announced that he's won an interim injunction allowing him to continue using the name Scrolls. While Bethesda/Zenimax can appeal the decision, it's s...

Jim Sterling



Just how evil is ZeniMax? photo
Just how evil is ZeniMax?
by Brock Janikowski

[Editor's note: Brock Janikowski is currently a law school student with an interesting take on the recent ZeniMax scandal. He will be contributing to Destructoid every once and a while with features focusing on the fascinating role law plays in the world of videogames. Also, his name is Brock ... which is awesome. -Chad.]

What is in a name? If you ask indie developer darling Notch or publishing behemoth ZeniMax, they might say it means quite a lot. Mojang v. ZeniMax has kicked off, a trial that will decide the fate of the title for Notch’s upcoming game Scrolls, but many of us are still shaking our heads.

With seemingly so little to gain and so much much money to lose for the parties involved, is ZeniMax really just evil, or is there something more to the story?

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6:00 PM on 10.08.2011

TtWaV teaser: Sony's online sucks now?

The next episode of Talking to Women about Videogames went long; 40 seconds too long to be precise. Those 40 seconds had to be cut, but that doesn't mean you don't get to see them. We slapped this all important deleted scene...

Jonathan Holmes

4:30 PM on 10.07.2011

Bethesda 'forced' to sue Minecraft dev over Scrolls name

We've heard lots from Minecraft developer Notch over the lawsuit that Bethesda has filed against him, but not a lot from the company throwing its legal weight around. Bethesda has finally addressed the matter in public, claim...

Jim Sterling





3:38 PM on 09.27.2011

Bethesda v. Mojang 'Scrolls' dispute going to courtroom

When Markus "Notch" Perrson received a notice that Bethesda was bringing legal action against Mojang for infringing on the Maryland company's "The Elder Scrolls" trademark with their forthcoming game "Scrolls," he seemed to m...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:15 PM on 09.27.2011

Presentation remote maker sues Nintendo over Wii remote

Cute. UltimatePointer, maker of the Upoint laser-pointer presentation remote, is suing Nintendo and other retailers for the sale of the Nintendo Wii Remote. They claim that Nintendo has infringed on their patent, their&n...

Dale North

9:20 AM on 09.26.2011

EA forbids class action suits in new Origin TOS

It seems that Sony isn't the only corporation hopping aboard the "don't sue us" bandwagon. Electronic Arts has also been inspired by AT&T's recent shenanigans, quietly adding a clause that forbids Origin users from joinin...

Jim Sterling



How to opt out of Sony's 'no sue' PSN clause photo
How to opt out of Sony's 'no sue' PSN clause
by Jim Sterling

Sony's new PSN terms of service doesn't quite sit right with some gamers, since it asks them to waive their consumer rights in order to use the service. Fortunately, there's a get-out clause that Sony has deftly provided. It takes a little effort, but you'll have the thrill of knowing you did something American!

In order to opt out of the class action waiver, you need to confirm it with Sony -- in writing -- within thirty days. You need to include your name, your address, your PSN account number, and a clear statement that you do not wish to resolve any potential legal disputes with Sony through an arbitrator. 

I'm not a fan of suing anybody, but on prinicpal alone, I am fairly certain I'll be sending a letter tomorrow, just because I like preserving my rights wherever possible. For many people this isn't a big deal, and that's cool, but if you are concerned, at least Sony provided a way out.

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8:20 AM on 09.22.2011

Sony justifies 'no sue' PSN clause with 'AT&T did it!'

Sony has come under fire recently for a clause in its terms of service that asks users to waive their right to a class action lawsuit in exchange for PlayStation Network services. Many have asked how Sony can even get away wi...

Jim Sterling

1:15 PM on 09.15.2011

Sony reserves right to deny PSN from lawsuit members

Sony has created a bit of an uproar this week with a new Terms of Service policy that effectively stops people from ever joining a class-action suit against it. Gamestooge reports that if you sign up for the PlayStation Netwo...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 09.10.2011

Nintendo in patent suit over Wii motion controls

Nintendo's lawyers are going to be earning their keep once more as Nintendo are being sued over the Wii yet again, Law360 reports (reg. required). This time the lawsuit comes from ThinkOptics, creators of the Wavit remote. Ac...

Fraser Brown

10:30 PM on 08.30.2011

QA tester sues Take-Two over poor working conditions

A former QA tester for Take-Two Interactive, Aaron Martinez, might have exposed the company's harsh treatment of their testers. Martinez is in the process of suing Take-Two for a number of reason such as not being completely ...

Harry Monogenis

10:00 AM on 08.19.2011

Minecraft dev to 'fight Bethesda for as long as it takes'

Markus "Notch" Persson may have been more lighthearted when he challenged Bethesda to a game of Quake III, but the Minecraft developer has started to wear his serious face. He says he's prepared to fight Bethesda for "as long...

Jim Sterling