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1:30 PM on 01.09.2014

Nintendo obtains IA Labs' patents in sheriff's sale

Nintendo acquired the entire patent portfolio of IA Labs in a sheriff's sale this week in Montgomery County, Maryland. The transaction came about as the result of unsuccessful litigation on the part of IA Labs. In 2010, IA La...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 AM on 10.22.2013

Blizzard wins $7M in bot suit settlement

Blizzard Entertainment has been awarded $7 million in the settlement of a December 2011 lawsuit against Ceiling Fan Software, GamesIndustry International reports. Ceiling Fan is responsible for a number of World of Warcraft b...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 09.28.2013

EA to pay tens of millions to NCAA student athletes

Electronic Arts has bought its way out of a potentially nasty class action lawsuit, for use of the names, images, and likenesses of former and current NCAA student athletes. All it cost was an undisclosed amount, vaguely refe...

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 09.13.2013

3D Realms drops its Duke Nukem lawsuit against Gearbox

Earlier this year, 3D Realms filed a lawsuit against Gearbox Software, alleging more than $2 million in unpaid royalties from Duke Nukem Forever. A mere few months later, the parties have now stipulated to the dismissal with ...

Brett Makedonski

9:00 PM on 08.07.2013

Nintendo files suit against Florida flashcart distributor

Piracy on the DS was kind of a big deal, which is why Nintendo has been taking measures to ensure that the same filth doesn't infect the 3DS ecosystem. The 3D handheld has remained more or less untainted thus far, but the onl...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 07.24.2013

Boom! EA loses $11 million Madden lawsuit

In 2011, we reported that Electronic Arts was being sued by Robin Antonick, designer of the original John Madden Football, who was claiming unpaid royalties for derivatives of his work after realizing subsequent early Madden ...

Steven Hansen





4:30 PM on 07.17.2013

Viacom loses $300-million lawsuit against Harmonix

Ending years of litigation, the Delaware Supreme Court has ordered Viacom to pay Harmonix Music's former owners $300 million in owed bonuses, money from when Viacom still owned the studio. You may remember that Harmonix was b...

Abel Girmay

3:15 PM on 07.17.2013

THQ's liquidation plans get court approval

At a hearing held in Wilmington, Delaware, THQ was granted final approval for its liquidation approval plan, effectively marking the end of the publisher's bankruptcy case. Most of you will remember that the defunct publisher...

Abel Girmay

11:30 AM on 07.02.2013

Nintendo loses legal claim to WiiU.com domain name

After filing a formal complaint with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center to gain ownership of the domain name WiiU.com, an official ruling has been handed down in favor of Andy Tran, the current owner of the domain name...

Abel Girmay

9:30 AM on 06.06.2013

Man chooses month of prison over month of Xbox games

A New Zealand young offender has chosen to spend the final month of his house arrest term in a real prison, rather than spend another four weeks trapped in his home with his emotionally crippling Xbox system. He was so sick o...

Jim Sterling



Nintendo is claiming ownership of Let's Play videos photo
Nintendo is claiming ownership of Let's Play videos
by Tony Ponce

The last time we heard about a major game publisher slapping the wrists of innocent YouTube channel operators, it was SEGA forcing the removal of videos that so much as breathed word of the Shining Force series. Whatever reason a company has for punishing fans who merely want to share love for their favorites games, I'm not buying it.

Now it's Nintendo with a shifty look in its eyes. Let's Player Zack Scott has taken to reddit, revealing that Nintendo is in the process of taking ownership of his gameplay videos, starting with LPs of Super Mario 3D Land. It's not a complete takedown as was the case with SEGA, rather an action taken via YouTube's Content ID system to redirect ad revenue to Nintendo's pockets instead of the video creator's. It's not an isolated event, either -- several other YouTubers have also confirmed claims against their own Mario-related game footage.

You could make the argument that content creators shouldn't expect to earn revenue from footage of a game they can't personally claim legal ownership of. But as Scott expressed in a follow-up post on Facebook, LPs offer a blend of entertaining commentary and helpful guidance that could even inspire interest where previously there was none. The success of these videos relies on the talent and likeability of the authors almost as much as on the game itself, sometimes more so.

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8:00 AM on 05.14.2013

Biden: No legal reason why 'violent' games can't be taxed

Vice President Joe Biden recently had a meeting with religious leaders to discuss gun control, and violent media was discussed. God forbid we don't obfuscate the gun discussion with more demented strawmen.  Reverend Fran...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 05.06.2013

Jimquisition: Lawsuits, Memes, and Tasty Medicine

Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are facing a lawsuit over the inclusion of Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat in Scribblenauts. Preposterous, you say? Greedy, are the meme makers? I say well done them! It's absolutely about time Warne...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 05.03.2013

Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers

Both Gearbox and SEGA have responded to a class action suit that alleges customers were lied to during the development of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Both companies are happy to defend themselves and seem unswayed by the threat...

Jim Sterling

9:30 AM on 05.02.2013

Warner Bros. sued over memes in Scribblenauts? Okay!

Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are being slapped with a lawsuit (story via NeoGAF) over the inclusion of a pair of Internet memes in Scribblenauts Unlimited. Both the infamous Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat can be summoned into th...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 05.01.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines gets class action suit for lies

SEGA and Gearbox have been slapped with a class action suit for Aliens: Colonial Marines, accused of lying about the game to get it sold. It was only a matter of time.  Edelson LLC has taken the case, which alleges that ...

Jim Sterling