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Fair Use

American courts say companies must consider fair use when removing videos

Since 2007, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been in a legal battle with Universal. Lenz v. Universal was filed because of Universal throwing a DMCA takedown notice on a family video of a child dancing to Prince’s Let’s Go...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Championships

Pokemon World Championship attempted shooting suspects denied bail

Last month, two armed men were arrested for allegedly threatening a mass shooting at the Pokémon World Championship. Now, Kevin Norton (18) and James Stumbo (27) have been denied bail, meaning they will be required to stay in jail fo...   read

 
 
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Shame, shame

FTC comes down on Machinima for 'deceptive' Xbox One marketing

In late 2013, around the time that the Xbox One launched, YouTube content creation group Machinima struck an advertising deal with Microsoft. The marketing campaign would feature videos from Machinima's network of influencers. More specific...   read

 
 
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Unofficial 'amiiqo' can save amiibo data without buying the toys

People are varying degrees of upset over Nintendo's not-unexpected decision to lock content -- even if it's mainly costumes and the like -- behind amiibo pairing. The "amiiqo" is an okay answer to these complaints. The completely unauthori...   read

 
 
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Pixels

Legitimate videos DMCA'd off Vimeo by Pixels movie copyright enforcers

Pixels was a bit of a train wreck, wasn’t it? It currently sits at a meager 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the general consensus on the film is people would rather pour salt into a papercut in their eyeball than have to watch it again. P...   read

 
 
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Gameboy Advance Emulator

Nintendo pulls browser-based GBA emulator

Nintendo have put an end to a browser-based Gameboy Advance Emulator. The emulator didn’t actually have a name, but instead was a Github page that hosted many Javascript versions of popular GBA games such as Pokemon Emerald and Advanc...   read

 
 
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Desura owner Bad JuJu files for bankruptcy

A couple of weeks ago, it came to light that digital distributor Desura, and its indie bundle site Indie Royale, has been failing to pay developers on its platforms. Well, it looks like they might not be getting that money at all now, ...   read

 
 
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Expensive dick moderation helped kill the last LEGO MMO

Someone think about the children! Like my own personal brand, LEGO is a family-friendly, name-stealing company. And so the open-ended, Minecraft-like builder LEGO Worlds has some problem what with immature idiots' propensity to build cock. ...   read

 
 
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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey accused of fraud

Oculus VR founder, Palmer Luckey, is being sued for breach of contract. According to The Recorder, Hawaiian virtual reality company Total Recall Technologies “seeks compensatory and punitive damages” against Luckey for...   read

 
 
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BBC Drama

Rockstar Games is suing the BBC

Rockstar Games has filed a lawsuit against the BBC. This is because of the Beeb’s upcoming drama Game Changer, which details the early days of the studio and its hit Grand Theft Auto as well as the much-publicised conflict between Roc...   read

 
 
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ImageePoch

Imageepoch has filed for bankruptcy

Keeping track of what’s going on at Japanese developer Imageepoch has been one hell of a ride. Imageepoch was well known for games such as Luminous Arc, 7th Dragon, and Arc Rise Fantasia. Last month the CEO, Ryoei Mikage, just va...   read

 
 
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Emulation

The first commercial 3DS game's been successfully emulated

Emulation’s in a weird legal grey area that’s all kinds of fascinating to me. The actual bit of software designed to play ROMs is legal, but the BIOS file that makes it run? You usually have to acquire them through less legal me...   read

 
 
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Australia

Australian Origin's going to have to offer better refunds

Refunds, remember those? Those glorious days where if you decided you didn’t like something, or if it caught fire, ate your family, contributed to global warming or pissed on the carpet, you could just take it back and and pretend it ...   read

 
 
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  Watch Video Atari thought it was "absolutely rubbish," the Jaguar designer told developer Jeff Minter in 1993. The man felt compelled to pull Minter aside at the console's launch party and let him know how little Atari thought of Minter'...   read

 
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Dictatorsuit

Judge tosses former Panamanian dictator's Call of Duty lawsuit

Earlier this year, Panama's former dictator and friend to the CIA Manuel Noriega sued Activision for the use of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Not for defamation of character for portraying him a murderous badman, but for putti...   read

 
 
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Revolution 60

Game developer threatened, hacked, doxxed after posting meme

Giant Spacekat (Revolution 60) development head Brianna Wu was forced to leave her home last night after her personal information, including home address, was posted online and she received multiple violent, sexual threats. These ...   read

 
 
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Square Enix

Square Enix is suing SNK Playmore over manga copyright

SNK Playmore recently filed criminal charges against Square Enix, citing copyright infringement. The alleged violation stems from Square Enix's use of SNK characters in the manga High Score Girl. In retaliation, Square Enix today filed...   read

 
 
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Aliens: Colonial Marines

Sega agrees to settle in Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit

Sega of America has tentatively agreed to pay out $1.25 million to settle a class-action suit brought against it and Gearbox Software that claimed the two companies falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial Marines by using fake gameplay demos at...   read

 
 
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Square suit

Cops raided Square Enix after criminal lawsuit from SNK

Osaka police raided a Shinjuku, Tokyo Square Enix office yesterday, the result of a May criminal filing against Square Enix by SNK.  SNK alleges that Square Enix infringed (a lot) on SNK intellectual properties, citing over 100 in...   read

 
 
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GameStop fingerprinting customers in Philadelphia

GameStop now requires customers to provide fingerprint scans when trading in merchandise at the retailer's Philadelphia locations, CBS Philly reports. The chain is collecting thumbprints, which are sent to a national database that help...   read

 
 
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38 Studios lawsuit

Judge okays first settlement in 38 Studios lawsuit

A judge has approved the first settlement in Rhode Island's lawsuit over the ill-fated $75 million deal that brought Kingdoms of Amalur developer 38 Studios to the state in 2010. The ruling from Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein...   read

 
 
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Not 'free'

Google will stop calling games with in-app purchases 'free' in Europe

As part of its investigation into unwanted in-app purchases, often by children, the European Commission has laid out guidelines for developers and the app stores themselves to follow. By the end of September, Google will stop listing a...   read

 
 
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Active-fission

Vivendi considered firing Activision's Bobby Kotick over last year's buyout

Last year, Activision Blizzard orchestrated a buyout of then-parent company Vivendi to separate from Vivendi and become an independent company. I wrote this great headline about the split --Active-fission -- and stared with saucer eyes...   read

 
 
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38 Studios

Rhode Island agrees to $4.4 million settlement in 38 Studios lawsuit

Rhode Island has reached a $4.4 million settlement agreement with one of the defendants named in the state's lawsuit over the failed deal, according to court filings released Friday. The suit alleges defendant Moses Afonso Ryan, a law firm ...   read

 
 
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Thanks, laws

Oakland formally lifts 80-year pinball ban

There's a thing anyone who took a US government class in high school from an angry bald man should know: technology outpaces law. Not just technology. Advancement in general. Are Let's Plays illegal? We can only hope.  So Oakland is of...   read

 
 
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