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No Doubt vs Activision Band Hero lawsuit to fight on

A US appeal court has given No Doubt permission to continue their lawsuit against Activision over Band Hero.  The rock band argue that Activision has misused their likenesses and music within Band Hero in a breach of a contract that Activision entered into with them. This lawsuit has been going since around November 2009 (see… Continue reading No Doubt vs Activision Band Hero lawsuit to fight on

No Doubt vs Activision: a legal analysis

The dispute between No Doubt and Activision over Band Hero (which we’ve blogged about previously) has continued to escalate, with Activision this week filing papers setting out its formal legal position. Below, I set out a lowdown of what’s going on, what No Doubt and Activision argue against each other and my thoughts about  how… Continue reading No Doubt vs Activision: a legal analysis

Activision v Noriega analysed: don’t make way for the bad guy

Back in July 2014 I wrote a post about whether a dictator (Manuel Noriega of Panama) could control his online image in a video game (the hit game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)?  We now have an answer: nope.  In a short judgment which is interesting for all kinds of reasons, a Californian court has… Continue reading Activision v Noriega analysed: don’t make way for the bad guy

Noriega v Activision: can a dictactor control his online image?

News has broken that Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, is suing Activision on the claim that his name and likeness is used as a supporting character in the latest game in the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty game series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. In a nutshell: the game is set in the 1980s and… Continue reading Noriega v Activision: can a dictactor control his online image?

The EA Origins EULA is a non-story

UPDATE 2/11/11: this issue really isn’t going away – there are now stories of gamer rage in Germany about alleged anti-privacy stance in EA Origins and Battlefield 3 (not quite sure how that works together – I imagine it means that the release of Battlefield 3 has raised the concerns about Origins again). There has been… Continue reading The EA Origins EULA is a non-story

EA courts controversy with Medal of Honor ‘Taliban’ playability

News has emerged that the next Medal of Honor game, EA’s wannabe answer to Acti’s Modern Warfare, will permit gamers to play as the Taliban in multiplayer mode. At which point, various people (including me) raise an eyebrow and conclude that this is quite deliberately intended as a media stunt (as was Modern Warfare 2’s infamous… Continue reading EA courts controversy with Medal of Honor ‘Taliban’ playability

UK games industry waits for games tax break announcement

The UK games industry is waiting to see whether tomorrow the Government will announce a games tax break in its last budget before the forthcoming 2010 general election. In his December 2009 pre-budget report, the Chancellor Alastair Darling failed to make any formal announcement introducing a games tax break, despite significant industry support and lobbying for the… Continue reading UK games industry waits for games tax break announcement

Some legal thoughts on Take Two vs the BBC over Grand Theft Auto

News broke last week that Take Two, the rights holder to Grand Theft Auto (both as its publisher and as owner of Rockstar Games, its developer), will take legal action against the BBC in the UK over the BBC’s forthcoming TV drama Game Changer – which is all about the story of how Grand Theft Auto was… Continue reading Some legal thoughts on Take Two vs the BBC over Grand Theft Auto

European Commission consultation on free to play games and ‘free’ mobile apps: an initial analysis

News broke today that the European Commission, one of three arms of the European Union, will be holding a consultation over the next two days regarding in-app purchases and free to play games and any mobile apps that call themselves ‘free’. This post is my initial analysis of this interesting (but not unexpected) development, which… Continue reading European Commission consultation on free to play games and ‘free’ mobile apps: an initial analysis