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Art by LoveChin88 [Update: Here is a revised version of the commercial with Jerry Lambert removed.] Sony is in the process of suing Bridgestone and Wildcat Creek Inc over a recent TV commercial where a character pla... read feature

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The No Doubt vs. Activision drama finally ends


Oct 04
Remember that one time when No Doubt accused Activision, and by proxy Band Hero, of misusing their likeness? It feels like that sort of thing happens every year, but now Activision has one less thing to worry about, as No Dou... read
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Jimquisition: EA vs. Zynga - The Lesser of Two Evils


Aug 27
Electronic Arts and Zynga duking it out is one of the biggest supervillain slap-fights in history. Both companies are reviled by gamers the world over, but as is our nature, we can't just sit back and watch the carnage. Peop... read
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EA vs. Zynga: EA claims it's a game industry defender!


Aug 21
Electronic Arts' delusions of grandeur have reached new heights this week, as the company continues to milk its lawsuit against Zynga for cheap applause and gamer cred. Its latest claim? The lawsuit positions Electronic Arts ... read
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EA vs. Zynga: EA thanks gamers for support


Aug 07
Electronic Arts couldn't have asked for a better enemy in Zynga. The social game kingpin is not only in financial trouble, it's also one of the most despised companies in the industry. EA must realize this, and has started su... read
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EA vs. Zynga: Zynga hits back, says EA is a copycat too


Aug 06
The supervillain slapfight of the century was initiated on Friday, with EA announcing that it would take Zynga to court for copying The Sims Social. Today, Zynga has fired its opening salvo in response, accusing EA of copying... read
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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... read feature

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Zynga shares plummet, lawsuit coming, gravy train crashes


Aug 01
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... read
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Steam says you can't mass-sue Valve anymore


Aug 01
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... read
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EA gives up NCAA Football exclusivity


Jul 27
[Update: An EA representative confirmed settlement with GameSpot: "We made a business decision to settle this lawsuit and put the matter behind us. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with the NFL and NCAA."] Attor... read
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German group threatens to sue over Diablo III's DRM


Jul 24
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... read
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Patent troll sues Mojang, EA, Square over copy protection


Jul 23
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... read
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West vs. Activision settlement reached over COD lawsuit


May 31
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... read
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Justice for a Girl: No Doubt v Activision going to trial


May 31
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... read
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Epic victorious in drawn out suit from Silicon Knights


May 30
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... read
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Gamers punish man suing Ubisoft with Amazon review-bombs


Apr 19
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... read
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Ubisoft sued for 'ripping off' Assassin's Creed idea


Apr 18
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 ... read
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Victory Mojang! Scrolls shall forevermore be Scrolls


Mar 10
A few hours ago, a very excited Markus "Notch" Persson tweeted that Minecraft developer Mojang and Bethesda have settled their "Scrolls" dispute. As you might recall, Bethesda filed a lawsuit last year over a possible infring... read
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Blizzard is suing Valve over DOTA trademark


Feb 10
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 ... read
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California to pay ESA $950,000 for failed case legal fees


Jan 26
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.... read
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Interplay's Fallout MMO is done as Bethesda wins battle


Jan 09
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... read
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EA using First Amendment to keep helicopters in BF3


Jan 09
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 ... read
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Konami punishes woman for getting pregnant, gets sued


Dec 29
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 ... read
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HAHAHA! Sony sued over no-sue clause in Terms of Service


Dec 20
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... read
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The DTOID Show: EA lawsuits, NFL Blitz, & new releases


Nov 21
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 (serious... read
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EA sued over lack of Battlefield 1943 in Battlefield 3


Nov 21
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... read
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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... read feature

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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 d... read feature

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Mojang can keep using Scrolls name ... for now


Oct 18
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... read
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[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 fascinatin... read feature

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TtWaV teaser: Sony's online sucks now?


Oct 08
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... read
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Bethesda 'forced' to sue Minecraft dev over Scrolls name


Oct 07
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... read






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