Calif. anti-video game law author Leland Yee pleads guilty to racketeering in federal court

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former California state Senator Leland Yee pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering in federal court on Wednesday. In entering his plea, Yee admitted in court that he "knowingly and intentionally agreed with another person" to take part in an enterprise and commit at least two offenses that affected state commerce.

During his plea hearing U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer asked Yee if he was entering the plea of his own free will because he was guilty:

"Are you pleading guilty of your own free will because you are guilty?" Breyer asked him.

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FISA Court gives the NSA another 180 days to spy on you

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled Monday that the NSA may temporarily resume its bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records. The ruling from the secretive court allows the NSA to flip the switch back to the "on" position, despite the provision of the USA Patriot Act expiring on June 1.

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Report: Leland Yee may take a plea deal in federal corruption case

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former California state senator Leland Yee may be looking for a plea deal, according to several Bay Area reports this morning. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Yee and his attorney are scheduled to appear before San Francisco U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer sometime today for a change of plea hearing, which has been set on the judge's public calendar. The terms of this alleged plea agreement have not been made public.

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Prosecutor: Canadian teen took 'sadistic delight' in harassing, swatting targets

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last month we reported on the Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player (and also reportedly a member of the notorious hacking group Lizard Squad) who pleaded guilty to over 23 charges stemming from his one-man campaign of harassment in North America before he was finally arrested in December of last year.

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Parents of rampage killer Elliot Rodger sued by one of his victims

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A University of California - Santa Barbara lifeguard injured during Elliott Roger's shooting spree last year is suing the parents of the killer, the university, and the county.  Rodger killed six UC Santa Barbara students (two of the victims were his roommates, who he stabbed to death) and injured 14 others in a May 23, 2014 rampage in Isla Vista, near the college campus.

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Leland Yee's legislative calendar reveals multiple meetings with undercover FBI agents

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Information is starting to surface about who former California State Senator and vocal video game critic Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) met with during his tenure in the Senate - including several recorded meetings with people identified as undercover FBI agents posing as unscrupulous characters, according to this Inside Bay Area report.

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Leland Yee seeks delay in federal trial

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Sacramento Bee reports that lawyers for former California state senator (D-San Francisco) and long-time video game critic Leland Yee is asking the court to delay his federal trial concerning public corruption, illegal arms dealing and racketeering.

In a filing on Monday evening, lawyers for Yee said the introduction of significant new evidence into discovery would make it difficult to prepare to go to trial on August 10.

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Federal court refuses to delay implementation of new net neutrality rules

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday a federal court refused to delay implementation of a key part of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order that was approved in its late February meeting. That key part of the new rules classifies broadband and mobile broadband as common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and goes into effect today. Trade groups and telecoms filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction of the new rules while things were fought out in federal court, but the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected that request.

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FTC takes creator of crowd-funded board game to task

June 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement in one of the very first cases involving crowd-funding and the misuse of backer funds.

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Former Bandai Namco employee sues over discrimination, wrongful termination

June 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A former Bandai Namco employee is suing the company for discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination, according to this My News LA report (by way of Kotaku).  Tony Le, a Vietnamese-American is suing the American arm of the company, the parent company ad several of his old bosses in a lawsuit filed in California.

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Calif. judge rules Leland Yee's schedule and calendar should be released

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Daily News reports that a Sacramento Superior Court judge has ruled that the California State Senate must turn over records on appointments and other material related to two former state senators facing federal indictments. The ruling is a reaffirmation of a ruling in April in a case filed against the Senate by a group of journalists under the banner of the Bay Area News Group.

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Bill Paxton: BBC's 'GTA' film shows Jack Thompson and Sam Houser on a collision course

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Actor Bill Paxton says that the upcoming Grand Theft Auto film will show Take-Two and Rockstar on a collision course with the former lawyer and anti-game crusader Jack Thompson. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Paxton (who plays Thompson in the made-for-TV movie "Game Changer" that is being produced by the BBC) said that the film focuses on the drawn-out fight between the makers of GTA and Thompson, who claimed that the game(s) had an undue influence on young people.  

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'Aliens: Colonial Marines' lawsuit not a class action, Gearbox removed from case

May 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gearbox Software is no longer a party to the lawsuit against Sega for Aliens: Colonial Marines, according to documents obtained by Polygon. Further, the court will not certify the case as a class action lawsuit, leaving it with only the two main plaintiffs who filed the original lawsuit two years ago.

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FCC urges D.C. Appeals Court to make an expedient decision on net neutrality case

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) doesn't agree with much in all the lawsuits filed with the D.C. Appeals Court concerning net neutrality, it does agree with one thing: the court should make a decision as expediently as possible.

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Diablo III gamers steal virtual goods, suffer real life consequences

May 21, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

According to court documents obtained by Fusion.net, back in the summer of 2012, Patrick Nepomuceno of California and Michael Stinger of Maryland, stole a bunch of Diablo III players' virtual weapons and armor then hawked them for north of eight grand. How? They tricked players into downloading a remote access tool (RAT) by disguising it as a link to what they claimed was a pic of a rare in-game item.

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Take-Two sues BBC over 'Grand Theft Auto' movie

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The BBC's movie about the making of Grand Theft Auto has just run into a mountain-sized obstacle: Take Two Interactive. The publisher of the series and the owner of Rockstar Games is suing the BBC over its upcoming film based on the book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto.

Grand Theft Auto series creator Rockstar Games released a statement written by parent company Take Two Interactive announcing that it was suing the BBC for trademark infringement.

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Delaware court approves Activision settlement with shareholders

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Delaware court has approved a $275 million settlement to shareholders who felt that the management of Activision Blizzard had grossly enriched themselves and left investors out in the cold after it bought back Vivendi SA's stake in the company. The court also approved the $72.5 million fee to lawyers who represented plaintiffs in the case. The settlement was reached last year.

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RI court appoints former judge to mediate 38 Studios lawsuit

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

WPRI reports that Rhode Island Superior Court Associate Justice Michael A. Silverstein has appointed retired State Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank Williams as a mediator in the 38 Studios lawsuit between the former Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Wells Fargo Securities.

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The Pirate Bay loses its Swedish domains

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak story, notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay will lose its Swedish domain names after a court ruled that they must give them up. Back in 2013 Swedish Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad filed a motion to have both ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se seized after he successfully got the main site taken offline for copyright infringement.

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Appeals Court chops Apple's 2012 $930 million patent case award nearly in half

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has stripped a large portion of the money awarded to Apple in a 2012 jury verdict against Samsung, according to this Ars Technica report. The verdict originally awarded Apple $930 million in damages for Samsung's infringement of two iPhone patents.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State drops 38 Studios-related lobbying cases

May 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has dismissed three cases of people that had been accused of lobbying violations in the 38 Studios deal. Gorbea hired former U.S. Attorney Robert Corrente to review the cases prior to making his decision this week.

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Court of Appeals rules that NSA data collection was not authorized by Congress

May 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the National Security Agency's collection of phone call meta data was not authorized by Congress. The court said that a lower court ruling was in error when it ruled in December of 2013 that an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the NSA be dismissed.

The ACLU sued the NSA over its collection of "bulk telephony metadata," arguing that it violated the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution concerning warrantless searches.

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'Killzone: Shadow Fall' lawsuit dismissed

May 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Killzone: Shadow Fall lawsuit is dead. After both parties agreed, Judge Edward M. Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed "with prejudice" a lawsuit against Sony accusing the company of misrepresenting Killzone: Shadow Fall's graphical prowess.

The lawsuit was filed by Douglas Ladore last August, who alleged that Sony misrepresented that Killzone: Shadow Fall for the PS4 (a title that launched alongside the next-gen gaming console in November of 2013) was capable of being run in 1080p during multiplayer sessions.

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Interzone CEO faces 120 years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering

May 5, 2015 - James Fudge

A recently unsealed federal indictment reveals that Marty Brickey was charged with three counts of wire fraud and six counts of money laundering related to fundraising activities that generated an estimated $14.5 million for Brickey's numerous game development companies.

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Kim Dotcom gets three more months to prepare for U.S. extradition hearing

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom have managed to delay his extradition hearing by an additional three months this week, TorrentFreak reports.  Dotcom's extradition hearing to decide whether he will be sent to the United States to face a litany of copyright infringement offenses (and other alleged crimes) related to file-sharing and storage site Megaupload was scheduled to take place in about a month.

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Judge rules that Leland Yee's state senate office records should be made public

May 1, 2015 - James Fudge

The Sacramento County Superior Court has ruled that documents from former California State Senators Leland Yee (D) and Ronald S. Calderon (D) are public records and should be made available to members of the press, according to the LA Times. Those records include meeting schedules, office calendars, and miscellaneous records from Senate offices of both former lawmakers.

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Florida Supreme Court upholds conviction of 'Xbox Murders' defendant

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Florida Supreme Court has upheld the 2006 conviction of Jerone Hunter, for his part in what is commonly referred to as the notorious "Xbox Murders." The court heard the case in October of last year. Jerone Hunter, was one of the four men convicted of brutally murdering six people in a Deltona, Florida home in 2004.

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Press sues for disclosure of recommendations for leniency in David Petraeus plea deal

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Associated Press, Washington Post, and other media outlets have filed a lawsuit demanding that recommendations made during the sentencing phase of former CIA head David Petraeus be made public. Sealed court docs call him "among the finest military leaders of his generation."

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Kim Dotcom faces deportation from New Zealand over speeding ticket

April 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, can't seem to catch a break lately. According to this TorrentFreak report, Dotcom faces deportation from New Zealand because he didn't disclose a speeding ticket. That's right. While the U.S. Justice Department has had a hard time extraditing Dotcom to the states to face a number of charges related to alleged piracy and copyright infringement activities, it looks like a clerical error on Dotcom's part might undo his citizenship in the country.

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AT&T sues FCC over Net Neutrality rule changes

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday mobile and broadband provider AT&T filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concerning its February decision to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Ars Technica reports that other cable operators like Comcast and Verizon have indicated that they don't plan to sue the FCC - instead referring the publication to a trade group.

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Matthew Wilson@tech this isnt the only stupid tax in recent months though. they were adding a commuter tax as well. if they continue doing crap like this, they will run in to the same issues as Detroit.07/01/2015 - 5:34pm
TechnogeekI guess we can give Chicago credit for diversifying their portfolio of corruption, although they've still got a lot of work before they retake that crown from Louisiana.07/01/2015 - 5:29pm
TechnogeekEh, cities abusing taxation power for their own game isn't really a "Detroit" thing so much as a "corrupt small town" thing.07/01/2015 - 5:29pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/07/chicago-netflix-customers-your-bill-is-about-to-up-9-percent/ Chicago wants to become the new Detroit so be it.07/01/2015 - 4:58pm
InfophileAnd also, she said "anyone," but she also said "probably." This means there's a subset for whom the "you shouldn't write it" doesn't apply.07/01/2015 - 4:47pm
InfophileGoing back a bit: "As I believe there is no justification, there is no reason for me to continue reading." - One reason to read might be to find out if you're wrong about there being no justification for it.07/01/2015 - 4:45pm
Andrew EisenRead it here: http://www.zenofdesign.com/getting-diversity-to-speak/07/01/2015 - 4:42pm
Andrew EisenFormer Bioware dev, Damion Schubert, offers an interesting thought on diversity in the industry. Not only is it important to have, it's important to make sure they feel comfortable offering their perspective.07/01/2015 - 4:40pm
Andrew EisenHeh, I did consider it!07/01/2015 - 4:37pm
Craig R.Aww, video gamer players wasn't an option for the poll?07/01/2015 - 4:33pm
KaylaKazeI think the problem here is certain people don't know what "shouldn't" means, even after it's been explained to them half a dozen times.07/01/2015 - 4:19pm
Andrew EisenWhat if creators heard our feedback, agreed with it and then... oh god... made a better show? The HORROR!!!07/01/2015 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenI mean, next thing you know they'll make a YouTube video. A YOUTUBE VIDEO!!!07/01/2015 - 4:07pm
Andrew EisenHow DARE anyone write an opinion suggesting that people who suck at something might consider a better way to accomplish the same thing or improve so they suck less. The NERVE!07/01/2015 - 4:06pm
Goth_SkunkYes, but we complain about it amongst ourselves, we shake our heads, we sigh, shrug our shoulders and say 'oh well, what can you do?' We don't write articles for Wired and say 'Anyone can write about X, but should they? Probably not.'07/01/2015 - 3:57pm
Andrew EisenMy favorite is: "Zoom and enhance!"07/01/2015 - 3:55pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, you must not hang out with many technology experts. We complain about bad portrayals of tech all the time.07/01/2015 - 3:52pm
Andrew EisenPeople should be free to write about anything their little hearts desire. Even if they suck at it. Maybe not the most advisable thing to do, depending on their personal goals. But that's why you listen and learn and improve! Or try to, anyway.07/01/2015 - 3:50pm
Andrew EisenAnd you're straying from the path a bit but the sentiment in and of itself I agree with.07/01/2015 - 3:47pm
Goth_SkunkBut, as in the example I provided with call tracing and cell phone triangulation, the audience lets it slide, even the subject matter experts.07/01/2015 - 3:47pm
 

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