News of the Week; October 19, 2016

GAMES Popular YouTubers plead not guilty to FIFA gambling offences eSports taking viewership away from real sports – Newzoo: Research firm finds that 76% of eSports enthusiasts state that their eSports viewing is taking away from hours they used to spend on viewing sports CCP cracking down on EVE Online gambling sites: CCP has updated its EULA […]

News of the Week; October 12, 2016

GAMES Oculus Founder Skips Company Event To Avoid Being A ‘Distraction’: “Palmer absolutely decided that he was not going to be here.” Oculus’s big event keynote had one noticeable omission—founder Palmer LuckeyConsumer spend on VR to hit $11.2 billion by 2020 – IHS Markit John Carmack says VR devs are “coasting on novelty” Fallout 4 and Skyrim mods […]

News of the Week; October 5, 2016

GAMES Court dismisses class action lawsuit against Valve over CS:GO gambling Federal Court Rejects Online Gambling Lawsuit Against Valve–McLeod v. Valve Washington state authority orders Valve to stop allowingCS:GO skin gambling Valve threatened by Washington State Gambling Commission – CS:GO skins controversy continues for the Steam platform holder Pokémon Go creator sued by The Hague over “nuisance” players […]

Legal Contradictions Manifest in Video Game Worlds: Copyright through the Post-Structuralist Looking Glass

Legal Contradictions Manifest in Video Game Worlds: Copyright through the Post-Structuralist Looking Glass

In the spring I was invited by my colleague Gaetano Dimita ( of The School of Law, Queen Mary University of London to participate in the second edition of an academic conference he organizes called “More Than Just A Game: Interactive Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law”. The conference, which took place on April 8, 2016 […]

News of the Week; September 28, 2016

GAMES Palmer Luckey: The Facebook Near-Billionaire Secretly Funding Trump’s Meme Machine – Palmer Luckey—founder of Oculus—is funding a Trump group that circulates dirty memes about Hillary Clinton. Oculus Rift inventor Palmer Luckey is funding Trump’s racist meme machine: Admits involvement with pro-Trump nonprofit, deletes Reddit account. Insomniac, other devs condemn Palmer Luckey’s support of pro-Trump […]

News of the Week; September 21, 2016

GAMES McRO, INc. v. Bandai Namco Games America: Federal Circuit Revives Software Patents Held Ineligible Two YouTubers charged with promoting FIFA game gambling site to minors YouTube star charged over ‘FIFA’ game betting: He and another video producer allegedly broke UK law by promoting video game bets. Steam pulls Digital Homicide games following fan lawsuit: Indie studio […]

News of the Week; September 14, 2016

GAMES Plumb disappointing: 9th Circuit reinstates 2D-to-3D copyright claim: Direct Technologies, LLC v. Electronic Arts, Inc., Nos. 14-56266/14-56745 (9th Cir. Sept. 6, 2016) (Rebecca Tushnet) Sony nixes mod support on PS4: Bethesda says platform holder “will not approve user mods the way they should work” for Skyrim or Fallout 4 Bethesda Blames Sony as PS4’s […]

News of the Week; September 7, 2016

GAMES Lindsay Lohan Loses ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Lawsuit Lindsay Lohan sets lawyers on Grand Theft Auto 5 – Update: Judge dismisses Lohan’s case Sorry Lindsay Lohan, Grand Theft Auto Vis satirizing you, court rules: Satirical representation is protected under the Constitution, court says. Lindsay Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto lawsuit rules in Rockstar’s favour: Court considers GTA5 […]

News of the Week; August 31, 2016

GAMES New lawsuit targets Steam, alleges patent infringement Steam Targeted in Lawsuit for Alleged Patent Infringement Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go kills pedestrian: Popular game now detects speed increase, asks if player is driving, company says Pokemon Go Takes Distracted Driving to a Lethal Level French Education minister: Get rare Pokémon out of our […]

News of the Week; August 24, 2016

GAMES ‘NBA 2K’ Videogame Publisher Wants Judgment Allowing Use of Player Tattoos 6th Circuit rejects college players’ Lanham Act, ROP claims: Marshall v. ESPN, No. 15-5753 (6th Cir. August 17, 2016) (Rebecca Tushnet) Nintendo Shuts Down Fan Remake Of 25 Year Old Metroid 2 Game Because It Can’t Help Itself Nintendo nets $661 million from Seattle […]