Celebrities, attack!

Activision releases Band Hero and, very soon after, the rock band No Doubt sue Activision for unauthorised use of the band in the game amounting allegedly to the band being turned into a “virtual karaoke circus act“.  Before that, Courtney Love kicks up a stink about the use of Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5. … Continue reading Celebrities, attack!

Analysis: Three Strikes Coming In?

This is the text of our guest editorial just published on gamesindustry.biz: Fight the Good Fight A battle is underway throughout Europe regarding the protection of online content (including videogames), in which governments, rights holders, ISPs and consumers are all weighing in and the resolution of which will have great importance for the games industry. The genesis… Continue reading Analysis: Three Strikes Coming In?

Commentary: Midway directors not guilty of fraud

The legal action brought by aggrieved shareholders in Midway Games against Midway directors over the collapse of the company has concluded with a victory for the Midway directors.  This case shows once again the dangerous fallout that can emerge from the collapse of any business.  Read on… The background is that certain shareholders in Midway… Continue reading Commentary: Midway directors not guilty of fraud

News: Interplay vs Bethesda (Part 2)

We previously blogged about Interplay’s lawsuit against Bethesda regarding the Fallout series of games.  Now read on for another update in the ongoing litigation… To recap, Interplay sold the Fallout IP to Bethesda in 2007 having retained certain rights, including the rights to develop a Fallout MMO.  Bethesda has now commenced this (US) lawsuit arguing that… Continue reading News: Interplay vs Bethesda (Part 2)

Analysis: Can you sue someone through a game?

Using “web 2.0” means to sue people is a recent phenomenon. Most recently, a blogger has used an English High Court order served over Twitter to stop a rogue tweeter impersonating him.  Just before that, a New Zealand Court permitted service of proceedings through Facebook, as was first permitted in Australia.The question we’ve been thinking about today… Continue reading Analysis: Can you sue someone through a game?

News: Interplay vs Bethesda

Bethesda has commenced Court proceedings in the USA against Interplay over the Fallout series of games (story first covered by Gamasutra).  The facts seems to be: Interplay sold the Fallout IP to Bethesda in 2007, as part of which they agreed that Interplay would retain certain license rights, including the right to develop a Fallout MMO. … Continue reading News: Interplay vs Bethesda