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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

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

11:30 AM on 04.19.2012

Gamers punish man suing Ubisoft with Amazon review-bombs

The man who is trying to stop Assassin's Creed III's release has been introduced to the wrath of gamers, with his book being torn to pieces on Amazon. Link is a story about experiencing the life of a descendant through a virt...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 04.18.2012

Ubisoft sued for 'ripping off' Assassin's Creed idea

A science fiction author is suing Ubisoft after alleging that the premise of Assassin's Creed was stolen from his own novel, Link. John L. Beiswenger is a research engineer as well as a writer, and points to a number of ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 04.18.2012

Ubisoft sued for 'ripping off' Assassin's Creed idea

A science fiction author is suing Ubisoft after alleging that the premise of Assassin's Creed was stolen from his own novel, Link. John L. Beiswenger is a research engineer as well as a writer, and points to a number of ...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 02.10.2012

Blizzard is suing Valve over DOTA trademark

MMO leader Blizzard has filed against Valve in an attempt to stop it trademarking DOTA, claiming the name has been used in exclusive association with the Warcraft series for more than seven years. It was filed late last year ...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 01.26.2012

California to pay ESA $950,000 for failed case legal fees

California tried to establish unconstitutional regulations on videogames and failed miserably. Brown v. ESA had the Court voting 7-2 to Alpha Counter a 2005 California law that would put an unlawful lock on game distribution....

Dale North





5:15 PM on 01.09.2012

Interplay's Fallout MMO is done as Bethesda wins battle

The long, bitter legal battle between Bethesda and Interplay has finally resolved today, with Bethesda emerging the victor. Interplay officially has no claim to the Fallout IP, and its plans to create a Fallout MMO are now th...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 01.09.2012

EA using First Amendment to keep helicopters in BF3

Electronic Arts has filed a preemptive lawsuit against aircraft manufacturer Textron, hoping to invoke First Amendment laws and justify the use of real-life helicopters in Battlefield 3.  Three helicopters appear in the ...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 12.29.2011

Konami punishes woman for getting pregnant, gets sued

Konami recently lost a lawsuit against a former employee after she was punished for taking maternity leave.  Yoko Sekiguchi took the six months of paid maternity leave that she was entitled to, only to discover upon her ...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 12.20.2011

HAHAHA! Sony sued over no-sue clause in Terms of Service

Yep. The new PlayStation Network Terms of Service clause that basically says that users cannot sue Sony after agreeing to use the service has bit Sony in the ass. They're...being sued. A California man is suing Sony on behalf...

Dale North



The DTOID Show: EA lawsuits, NFL Blitz, & new releases photo
The DTOID Show: EA lawsuits, NFL Blitz, & new releases
by Max Scoville

Hey gang! It's Monday again, so here's The Destructoid Show. (Seriously, I have completely run out of ways to introduce episodes.)

Today, we talk about the week's releases, EA getting sued for being jerks again (seriously, I hate to keep harping on it, but they keep doing bad stuff!) Saints Row The Third has a bonus offer for PS3 users, and Square Enix is opening a new studio in Montreal. Finally, we're having a sick contest for some Astro Gaming A40 Saints Row The Third headphones. Watch the show for details!

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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