ECA Hits The Streets Of DC

April 8, 2012 -

In the last week of March, the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) took to Capital Hill to meet with members of Congress about SOPA, PIPA and other issues that effect gamers and game developers.

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Australia passes new anti-copyright infringement law

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Australia has passed a controversial new anti-piracy law, according to this Ars Technica report. Why is it controversial?  Because it makes it easier for rights holders to censor websites. The bill, which passed both houses, allows a rights holder to go to a federal judge to get a site - even an international site - blocked if they believe its primary purpose is in enabling copyright infringement.

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ICANN: 'we won't be copyright cops'

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The president of the International Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for giving those pesky internet IP numbers actual names that you can type into your browser, says that his organization will not play international internet copyright cops (according to a Washington Post report). 

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Emails between USTR and ESA, MPAA, and RIAA show influence on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One of the things that is fascinating about recently released emails between U.S. trade representatives negotiating trade treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and trade groups like the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is how amicable they all are with each other.

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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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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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Super Bunnyhop's 'Konami vs. The Internet: A Follow-Up' dishes on Konami copyright claim

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week we reported on George Weidman (YouTube name  Super Bunnyhop) being targeted by Konami for posting a YouTube video called "Kojima vs. Konami: An Investigation." Someone at Konami  (Weidman notes that it was the fine work of an attorney who works at Konami Japan) didn't like it and filed a copyright claim against the video.

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Konami files copyright claim against critical YouTube video

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update #2: George Weidman tweeted that Konami has lifted the copyright claim from the original video:

"Strike resolved, Konami revoked it. I was traveling before & after this incident began&ended. Sent 3 polite emails to Konami PR. It worked."

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European Commission wants to ditch geo-blocking, streamline copyright law

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak report, the European Commission announced its new Digital Single Market Strategy today, which hopes to improve consumer access to digital services and goods by changing some copyright laws and addressing issues related to geo-blocking. Content providers such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, and others are not available in every European Union countries thanks to restrictive geo-blocking rules.

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Report: MPAA funding pro-copyright protection research to influence political policy

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While it should come as no great shock to anyone, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is funding pro-copyright protection research through its global research grant program. The program is part of the trade group's "Academic Outreach program." The program gives out $20,000 grants to academics doing research on various topics related to copyright infringement and piracy.  

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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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Indie iOS developer accuses Ketchapp of outright theft

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an article entitled "The 2048 guys stole my iPhone game" over on Medium, indie mobile developer and Palette L.L.C. founder Matt Akins (who is also the founder of Tapped, "an online community built around iOS game development education") tells the harrowing tale of how he sought help with promoting an iOS game only to have it (allegedly) stolen by Paris-based mobile publisher Ketchapp.

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'Kitty Powers' Matchmaker' developer warns YouTubers about licensed music

April 27, 2015 - James Fudge

Kitty Powers' Matchmaker is proving to be a popular hit, but the dating simulation starring the larger-than-life personality may cause some trouble for YouTubers. Developer Magic Notion gave a warning to anyone thinking of making Let's Play videos and posting them on YouTube that they might find themselves the target of a copyright claim.

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Nintendo Goes After 'Super Mario 64 HD' freebie made with Unity

March 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has fired off a DMCA takedown notice at Super Mario 64 HD, a remaster of Nintendo's 3D platformer for the Nintendo 64 built using Unity - according to Eurogamer. Specifically, the rework is the first level from the popular Mario game - Bob-Omb Battlefield.

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Blizzard goes after 'DOTA Legend' in Taiwan for copyright infringement

March 24, 2015 - James Fudge

Blizzard Entertainment has filed a complaint against DOTA Legend, a popular Chinese mobile game that topped the charts in China and Taiwan throughout 2014, with authorities in Taiwan. The game, which translates to "Turret Legend," is published in China and Taiwan by Longtu. The company said that it has filed a formal complaint with the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office alleging that DOTA Legend infringes upon game characters and scenes from its popular MMORPG World of Warcraft and the Warcraft game universe.

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Report: hidden code in uCool's 'Heroes Charge' shows Lilith Games copyright

March 23, 2015 - James Fudge

Last week we reported that Sword and Tower developer Lilith Games (also known in Shanghai as Lilith Technology) filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against game developer uCool of Menlo Park, California, claiming that the company's mobile game Heroes Charge violates its copyrights. Today we have learned of some further proof that could lend some credibility to Lilith Games' case.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 136

March 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 136), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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'Skate Man Intense Rescue' developer uses DMCA takedown against Jim Sterling video

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Popular YouTube personality and games journalist Jim Sterling became a victim of a DMCA takedown at the hands of developer Digpex Games after he made jokes about the quality and gameplay of the company's PC game, Skate Man Intense Rescue. Sterling made light of the game in new YouTube video called "SKATE MAN INTENSE RESCUE - Welp, Videogames Have Peaked!"

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Kabam's 'Creature Academy' mobile games no longer available

March 19, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on artist Kevin Konrad Hanna's claims that mobile gaming giant Kabam copied elements from his graphic novel, "Creature Academy: The Legacy," when it repurposed the Korean mobile game "Taming Monster" (originally developed by South Korean mobile games company Netmarble Games Corp.) and re-released it under the name Creature Academy in North America.

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Lilith Games sues uCool for copyright infringement in federal court over 'Heroes Charge'

March 19, 2015 - James Fudge

Sword and Tower game-maker Lilith Games (also known in Shanghai as Lilith Technology) is suing game developer uCool of Menlo Park, California in federal court, claiming that the company's mobile game Heroes Charge violates its copyrights. Court documents for the case were not available as of this writing. The civil case was filed in the California Northern District Court and seeks a jury trial. The case (Lilith Games Co. Ltd. v. uCool, Inc. et al) has been assigned to District Court Judge Donna M. Ryu.

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Artist claims Kabam copied his IP to create its mobile game 'Creature Academy'

March 18, 2015 - James Fudge

Artist Kevin Konrad Hanna claims in a new comic (you read that right) that mobile and web game company Kabam copied his graphic novel Creature Academy to create its game of the same name.

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Legendary developer Jeff Minter claims Atari is blocking future releases of 'TxK'

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: GamesBeat has a statement from Atari explaining its position on the Minter situation and reiterating many of the claims that he made against them. It's definitely worth checking out. What's curious is that Minter has been working on this game for awhile and even released it on PS Vita. Why has Atari suddenly pounced on Minter at this point?

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U.S. Senate Confirms Appointments of USPTO Director, IP Czar

March 9, 2015 - James Fudge

The U.S. Senate has officially confirmed former Google executive Michelle Lee  to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a position that has been vacant for over two years. The fast tracked confirmation was no surprise given a recent vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of February. The post was last held by former IBM executive David Kappos.

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Fake 'Darkest Dungeon' Game Pulled From Windows Game Store

February 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that the version of the popular indie game Darkest Dungeon being sold on the Windows Game Store was a fake and was not put there by developer Red Hook or its founder Chris Bourassa. Bourassa tweeted a warning yesterday that the Windows Game Store version was not from his company and that he was reaching out to Microsoft to get the game removed.

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'Darkest Dungeon' Developer Warns Users Not To Buy Fake 'Windows 8 Store' Version of Game

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The developer of Darkest Dungeon is urging players not to buy the Windows 8 version of the game, according to Eurogamer. Why? Because he and his company didn't put it on the platform. Red Hook Studios co-president and Darkest Dungeon designer Tyler Sigman sent out a tweet warning buyers that the Windows 8 app version available on the Windows Game Store is not an official version.

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Zenimax Sends Cease & Desist Letter to 'Fortress Fallout' Makers

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Howard Marks, founder of indie studio Xreal LLC., shows a letter on YouTube from Zeminax asking him to stop using the name "Fortress Fallout" for his game because it infringes on Zenimax's (and its subsidiary Bethesda Softworks') trade and service marks. Bethesda owns the Fallout series of games, which it bought the rights to from Interplay quite a few years ago. It also notes Xreal's application for a trademark with the word "Fallout" in it.

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Sega Takes On eLicense's YouTube Copyright Claims

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week concerned community members tried to bring to Sega's attention the questionable activities of a company called eLicense, which was making copyright claims on fan-made Sega-related videos found on YouTube. And while these videos weren't taken offline, their creators' ability to monetize them was taken away.

Today Sega finally publicly said that it is doing something about it and that eLicense does not represent its interests or copyrights in any way.

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EFF Files Amicus Brief Supporting EA in 'Davis v. EA'

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Organization for Transformative Works have jointly filed an amicus brief in Davis v. Electronic Arts currently before the Ninth Circuit court. In its brief the EFF says that "bad facts are making bad law," referring to several court rulings related to celebrities using lawsuits about "rights to publicity" against creative works to trump free speech.

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ESA Uses DMCA Takedown on 'Dying Light' Mods

February 2, 2015 - James Fudge

Update: The ESA has issued an apology for a DMCA takedown notice that went out over the weekend. You can read its statement here.

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Report: Hotfile Settlement With MPAA Was Just $4 Million

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak story, the settlement that the Motion Picture Association of America made with file-sharing site Hotfile was a lot less than the $80 million figure thrown around in public. According to the report, Hotfile ultimately paid $4 million dollars and the site was eventually shut down.

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InfophileI know the ZE series was in the red in Japan, but international series boosted it to profitability. That may not mean it's more profitable in the west, but it does mean ZE3 wouldn't exist without the western market.07/04/2015 - 7:54am
Consterwhy aren't "Video game players" an option on the poll? :P07/04/2015 - 5:19am
Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
 

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