EFF battles the ESA over DMCA exemptions for abandoned games

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the Entertainment Software Association has decided to go toe-to-toe with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) over exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provisions (Section 1201). Law student Kendra Albert and the EFF are asking the U.S. Copyright Office to give exemptions to game enthusiasts, museums, and academics who preserve older video games.

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EA: Origin authentication responsible for 'Battlefield Hardline' lockouts, not DRM

March 26, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on a problem associated with what appeared to be Battlefield Hardline's DRM when swapping out hardware components multiple times in a single computer.

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Report: 'Battlefield Hardline' DRM monitors hardware changes

March 25, 2015 - James Fudge

Update: An EA spokesperson has responded to this story. You can find the response here.

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GOG.com Removes Passwords From Installer Archive Files After Linux Users Complaints

January 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com has attempted to explain why RAR archives inside installers for its games were password protected and also revealed that it would remove them. GOG.com made its statement today following complaints from Linux users who discovered that the innoextract tool could no longer handle the archives. Some saw this as a form of digital rights management, which is a dirty word around GOG.com (the company takes pride in the fact that it offers DRM-free content to its customers).

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'Assassin's Creed Unity' Patch 4 Delayed

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: GameSpot reports that the patch is being released today on Xbox One and PS4 and weighs a whopping 6.7 GB.

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UK Customers Can't Get Top Ubisoft Titles Via Steam

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft will not make several of its PC games available on Steam in the United Kingdom, according to PCNGames. Instead customers will have to buy Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew (whenever it is release) through Ubisoft's digital distribution service, Uplay.

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Poll: Will 'Abandoned' Video Games Be Granted a DMCA Exemption?

November 5, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Every three years the U.S. Copyright Office considers proposed exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a rule that limits the circumvention of DRM, software designed to restrict access to copyrighted works.

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EFF Files Petitions for DMCA Exemptions on Jailbreaking, Car Software, and Video Game DRM Software Checks on Older Games

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced that it has filed six exemption requests with the U.S. Copyright Office today. Every three years the agency in charge of copyright uses Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to allow for petitions asking for exemptions in the name of the greater good. EFF's requests received assistance from the Organization for Transformative Works, the NYU Technology Law & Policy Clinic, attorney Marcia Hofmann, and former EFF intern Kendra Albert.

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It's DRM Exemption Petition Season At The Copyright Office

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It's that time again at the U.S. Copyright Office: every three years the agency in charge of all things copyright-related accepts petitions on activities that should be exempt under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). 2014 is one of those years, but the deadline is Monday, November 3.

Sherwin Siy, VP of legal affairs at Public Knowledge tells Ars Technica that it's not too difficult to submit a petition, but recommends petitioners keep it under five or six pages long and be specific on what the exemption request will accomplish that serves the greater good.

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EA's Origin Offers 'Dragon Age: Origins' For Free During October

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts announced this morning that its "On The House" program will feature BioWare's popular role-playing game Dragon Age: Origins for the month of October. To get the game for free, all you need to do is have an Origin account and the Origin client installed. If you have those things already, you can download the game for free from this link.

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UK Consumers Can Now Legally Make Backup Copies of Music, Movies, and More

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new law in the United Kingdom makes it legal for citizens to make backups of their legally purchased CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers can store these backup copies on home PCs or in the cloud, according to the BBC. Obviously it is still illegal to share these backup copies with friends, family, or with the Internet community at large. Prior to this change in the law, it was illegal to rip CDs locally or for use with iTunes.

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CD Projekt Reiterates its Hate for DRM

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Witcher series developer CD Projekt is reiterating its long-held position on the use of digital rights management software in its games. In a new interview with IGN discussing DRM and DLC related to its upcoming RPG sequel The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red 's Michal Platkow-Gilewski said it is as vehemently against using DRM in its products as when it first started making games.

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Reclaim Your Game Evaluates 'The Sims 4'

September 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Reclaim Your Game (RYG), an organization dedicated to uncovering the secrets hidden in games (like DRM, and questionable clauses in end-user license agreements, terms of service of agreements, and privacy policies rolled into game releases), has taken the time to dig through The Sims 4, the latest release in EA's popular people simulator for various platforms.

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Capcom Ditching GFWL Support in Three More Games

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Capcom is ditching Games For Window Live in three more games - Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, and Resident Evil 5 - but the exact timeframe for when these titles will make the full transition to Steamworks is to be determined.

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Play 'Titanfall' on PC For Free

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Titanfall is available for free for a limited time on PC as part of EA's Origin Game Time promotion. Obviously you'll need to be an Origin member and have the client installed in order to play it. Those interested in playing Titanfall simply have to add the game to their Origin game library and download it.

The free play event for Respawn's online-focused, future-leaning first-person shooter will only last for 48 hours.

Those interested in purchasing the game after the free trial period ends can do so and continue their progress from the trial.

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'Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare' For Free - For a Limited Time

August 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA announced that it is letting those who have an Origin account play Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for free for a limited time. For 72 hours you can play EA's and PopCap's' team-based Plants vs. Zombies-themed online shooter via the Origin Game Time program.

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare pits a team of plants against squads of zombies in 24-player suburban multiplayer arenas. As you progress through the game and gain victories you unlock all kinds of game elements and characters.

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Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection'

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An investigation by Reclaim Your Game reveals that the new version of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection contains SecuROM, the notorious DRM. But the worst part is the fact that, while EA was giving away the game for free (because it is ending support for it) to anyone with an Origin account, it didn't bother telling anyone that the game contained this DRM scheme.

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Ubisoft Found 'Not Guilty' in DRM Infringement Case

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft has received summary judgment from a U.S. District Court judge that allows it to separate itself from a long-running legal fight over patents related to digital rights management, including its own Uplay service. The lawsuit began in 2011 when Digital Reg of Texas, LLC, filed a lawsuit against Adobe Systems, Valve, Ubisoft and other companies over various aspects of their digital content delivery and authentication services. Some of the defendants (like Valve) settled with the company. Ubisoft did not settle and has been found not guilty of infringement.

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Four Million Copies of Watch Dogs 'Sold-Through' Worldwide

June 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft announced its open-world hacking game Watch Dogs has sold-through more than 4 million copies in its first week of availability based on NPD and GFK data and internal estimates as of June 3, 2014. Watch Dogs is also the company’s best-selling game ever in week one period, according to internal estimates for Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs worldwide sales data for all platforms as of June 3, 2014.

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Uplay's Poor Performance Affecting 'Watch Dogs' and Other Games on Multiple Platforms

May 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you thought that PC Watch Dog players were the only ones having problems because of Ubisoft's Uplay DRM software, then we have a surprise for you: Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS4 owners of Ubisoft's open-world hacking action game are also struggling to play the game. So says this advisory from Microsoft to Xbox players - and it's not just Watch Dogs suffering from Uplay problems.

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Report: PC Version of 'Watch Dogs' Suffers Launch Day Issues

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Ubisoft's open world hacking game is getting fairly solid reviews out of the gate, several owners of the PC version of the game are saying that it has lots of problems with general crashes, sound issues, frame rate degradation, and issues with various graphical drivers from Nvidia.

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Square Enix: DRM is Here to Stay

April 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a surprising new interview with TorrentFreak, Square Enix senior manager of business and legal affairs Adam Sullivan said that digital rights management (DRM) is a necessary part of doing business in this day and age and that it won't be going away anytime soon.

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Ubisoft Giving 'Uplay Ambassadors' Paid Trips to E3 2014

April 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft is offering Uplay users all-expenses-paid trips to E3 in Los Angeles by becoming ambassadors for its (often mandatory) games platform Uplay. Ubisoft announced that 12 winning fans will "receive the VIP treatment" with paid travel, access to the E3 show floor, a ticket to the Ubisoft press conference and exclusive meetings with Ubisoft's development teams. One thousand fans will also be given an invitation to "the Uplay lounge", a pop-up event held near the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3.

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All PC Versions of Watch Dogs Require Uplay

April 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

When the PC version of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs releases later this year it will require consumers to install the company's Uplay software. Even if the game is purchased through Steam, users will still have to install Uplay, according to CVG. All PC versions of the game will use a mandatory Uplay client that players will have to log on to in order to activate the game.

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Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy Hurt Him Personally

April 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer told Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb during his latest podcast that last summer's controversy about Xbox One's DRM hurt him personally.

Spencer also said that he knows Microsoft could have done a better job communicating this last year.

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EA Offers Dead Space for Free on Origin

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has launched a new promotion similar to Microsoft's Games With Gold for Xbox Live. The new promotion is called "On The House," and gives away a free game from time to time. The only catch is that you have to be a registered user of the company's Origin digital distribution platform.

"We're gamers, too," EA said. "We appreciate you making Origin your gaming home... and besides, who doesn't like free stuff?"

The first game available to consumers for free is the horror action survival game Dead Space.

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GOG.com Apologizes for Regional Pricing Scheme, Promises Flat Rates Across All Regions

March 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com has made a very public apology for trying to institute regional pricing, calling it a big mistake and saying that it will find ways - even if it costs the company money out of its own pocket - to make sure that everyone in every region pays the same amount of money for its catalog of DRM-free PC, Mac, and Linux games.

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Report: South Park: The Stick of Truth Will Not Use Ubisoft's uPlay

February 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Some good news for fans of the RPG being developed by Obsidian and South Park Studios: It will be a Steam game and will not use Ubisoft's uPlay DRM. Responding to a question about whether the game would require uPlay to be installed in order to play, Obsidian Entertainment's official twitter account confirmed that the PC version of the game will not use Ubisoft's uPlay; instead it will be fully integrated into Steam.

The rights to publish the game were acquired by Ubisoft in an auction following the bankruptcy of its previous publisher THQ.

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Gabe Newell 'Fine with Origin on Steam Machines'

January 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a thread on Reddit, Valve front man Gabe Newell said something that surprised a lot of people: that he's okay with EA's Origin digital distribution platform running on Steam Machines. While we don't know how Steam OS and Origin would cooperate within the same environment, Newell's comments continue to illustrate Valve's commitment to being an all-inclusive platform for all kinds of games and methods of delivery, etc.

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Report: GFWL Support Removed from Fallout 3 in Latest Update

January 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to details found in the Steam Database brought to light in this NeoGAF thread, the new patch that rolled out for Fallout 3 looks to have removed Game For Windows LIVE features from the game. According to the thread, variables with names like ShowCDKeyOnLaunch and LegacyKeyRegistryLocation have been removed, which is a good indication that the Microsoft gaming service is no longer supported by the game.

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