X-Plane & Uniloc

X-Plane & Uniloc

A few weeks ago I alluded in class to the lawsuit facing my favourite (ok, pretty well the only) commercial flight sim X-Plane which appears to be in quite a fight against a “patent assertion entity”. Here is a link as promised to the relevant page from the X-Plane website: http://www.x-plane.com/x-world/lawsuit/ Also via Claudio Satorelli a […]

Paper inspirations

As we’ve talked about, now is the time to focus on papers topics & getting started (or better) on them. Attached is a link to a very useful paper by Stephen M. McJohn, which for your purposes is a nice overview of interesting 2012 U.S. IP cases. By going through the paper you might well […]

HLS Copyright Course: Special Event 1, The Interests of Authors – YouTube

Prof. William Fisher is making his Harvard Law School on Copyright available gratis through edX. Below you will find an excellant two hour discussion of copyright from the perspective of creators. Among the four speakers is John Drake of Harmonix, the company that created the “Guitar Hero”, “Rockband” and “Dance Central” series. Those games are […]

“Tetricide” | Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law

Nice piece in the Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law about the Tetris case – Tetris Holding, LLC v. Xio Interactive, Inc., 863 F. Supp. 2d 394, 397 (D.N.J. 2012). We will be looking at this case and it’s implications in Class 9 on March 6.  Tetricide | TEXAS REVIEW OF ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS LAW […]

Lawrence Lessig on “Law & Justice in a Digital Age” – Feb.19, 2013

Lawrence Lessig gave an extraordinary public lecture on Tuesday February 19, 2013. All the more poignant given the significance of Prof. Lessig’s work on digital law and his personal connections with Aaron Swartz. Here are the details: “Harvard Law School will host a public lecture, “Aaron’s Laws,” by Lawrence Lessig on the occasion of his […]

News of the Week; Feb. 13, 2013

1. Judge Dismisses Axl Rose’s Lawsuit (“Guitar Hero lll”): http://sanmarinotribune.com/2013/02/08/judge-dismisses-axl-roses-lawsuit/ 2. Copyright Explained Musically: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130204/18145421881/copyright-explained-musically.shtml 3. When Video Games Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Funs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edward-murray/violent-video-games_b_2625789.html 4. Growing Up Or Just Getting Old?: David Cage is a poor figurehead for industry evolution – but that doesn’t make his arguments invalid: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-02-08-growing-up-or-just-getting-old?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=european-daily 5. Issues Gamers Should Think About: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/ask-dr-mark/10177-Issues-Gamers-Should-Think-About 6. Court clarifies balance between copyright and […]

Week 7

Jon’s Talk Feb.13, 2013: “What’s it all about…Alpha?” Download the PowerPoint Slides Patrick Sweeney’s Talk: “Negotiating Game & App Development Agreements” Download the PowerPoint Slides

[UPDATED] Speaker for February 13th Discussion Hour: Patrick Sweeney

Hey class, Hope you all had a great long weekend! Our guest speaker this week is Patrick Sweeney, counsel with Reed Smith and based out of Century City. Mr. Sweeney’s experience prior to joining Reed Smith includes serving as senior corporate counsel at Vivendi Universal Games and at Paramount Pictures Television Group. He was also […]

A common video game issue comes up against the current U.S. gun control debate

Nancy Pelosi: Video Games are Not the Reason for Violence in America (Huffington Post): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/10/nancy-pelosi-video-games_n_2657169.html  

News of the Week; Feb. 6, 2013

1. ‘Spacewar!’ The story of the world’s first digital video game: http://mobile.theverge.com/2013/2/4/3949524/the-story-of-the-worlds-first-digital-video-game 2. What is the government’s interest in copyright? Not that of the public. – Copyright Librarian: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/copyrightlibn/2013/02/what-is-the-governments-interest-in-copyright.html 3. Patent Assertion Entities: Six Actions the Antitrust Agencies Can Take by Michael Carrier: SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2209521&buffer_share=14a72&utm_source=buffer 4. Something to look forward to, er, in 2013+1: http://ipkitten.blogspot.ca/2013/01/something-to-look-forward-to-er-20131.html?m=1 5. North Korean Propaganda Video […]