September 2013

News of the Week; Sept. 25, 2013

1. Game Copiers and Mod Chips – AG Sharpston issues Opinion in Case C-355/12 Nintendo v PC Box

More on modchips: Are they legal in the EU?

2. Fox & Friends Co-Host Elisabeth Hasselbeck: We Need National Registry for Video Games

3. GTA V exceeds $1 billion in only 3 days

4. The Pratfall of Penny Arcade – A Timeline

5. International Conference Meets to Solve In-Game Hate Speech

6. Indie Developer Pulls Game From Ouya After Free the Games Fund Troubles

+  Ouya overhauls its plan to help game developers after shutting down alleged scams

7. Diablo 3 auction houses are doomed by developer Blizzard

8. Dutch Supreme Court 2012: Virtual Theft Ruling a One-Off or First in a Series? (Journal of Virtual Worlds)

9. Valve Announces SteamOS

10. Myths About Canadian Copyright Law

11. Pandora Wins Court Victory Over Licenses to Stream Music

12. Does copyright law work?

13. Facebook ‘likes’ are protected free speech. I’ll give a thumbs up to that

14. Users Sue LinkedIn Over Harvesting of E-Mail Addresses

15. To protect Canadians’ privacy, telcos must shut the ‘back door’

16. The (Canadian) Privacy Case of the Year?

17. ‘Keep out’ signs can override open internet culture 

18. Apple Touch ID fingerprint tech ‘broken’, hackers say

19. “PRISM” : Europe looks for appropriate remedies

20. In secret, Fisa court contradicted US supreme court on constitutional rights

21. A Proposed Reset Button for Children Online

22. VGL privacy Big Data and Due Process: Toward a Framework to Redress Predictive Privacy Harms by Kate Crawford, Jason Schultz

23. A collection of peer reviewed papers on the topic of Internet Censorship and Control


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News of the Week; September 18, 2013

1. 3DRealms Drops Duke Nukem Forever Lawsuit Against Gearbox, Makes a Public Apology

2. Why the University of Washington Wants Its Surgeons to Play Videogames

3. Fox News Offers Two-Part Feature on the Bad Influence of Violent Video Games

4. Fox & Friends Co-Host Elisabeth Hasselbeck: We Need National Registry for Video Games

5. Manifesto: The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Games

6. Massachusetts Lawmaker Pushes for Video Game Tax Credits

7. 38 Studios loan under investigation by SEC

8. Gamers unleash swarms of nanoparticles on tumours

9. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research – issue focused on legal issues

10. Nevada District Court Finds No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Private Twitter Posts

11. Girl’s Suicide Points to Rise in Apps Used by Cyberbullies

12. The End of Kindness: Weev and the Cult of the Angry Young Man

13. What Women Don’t Want

14. Vituality in the Sphere of Economics by Vili Lehdonvirta

15.  Should Crowdfunding Be Regulated?

16. Content Creators Use Piracy to Gauge Consumer Interest

17. FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack

18. Privacy Substitutes by J. Mayer & A. Narayanan (Stanford Law Review)


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News of the Week; September 11, 2013

1. Microsoft Wins Big in Motorola Patent Case

2. The Penny Arcade Controversy That Will Not Die

3. Copyright Law and Video Games: A Brief History of an Interactive Medium by Prof. Greg Lastowka

4. Touchdown for video game producer over football players false endorsement claim

5. Tattoo Artist Looks to Show Value of Copyright Claim Against Videogame Publisher

6. Ouya’s Uhrman defends Free the Games Fund

7. Are Video Game Companies Next In Line For Copyright Termination Battles?

8. U.S. Patent No. 7,530,895: Method for advancing network game by group competition

9. Dr. Keith Ablow Talks Video Game Warning Labels on Fox & Friends

10. The Real Costs of a Video Game or App Copyright Infringement claim

11. Court Says Privacy Case Can Proceed vs. Google

12. Many of Web’s Encryption Tools Compromised by N.S.A.

Privacy and Big Data (Stanford Law Review symposium of articles)

NSA spying, cyber security and liability under Canada’s anti-spam spyware law CASL

13. Lawrence Lessig files copyright suit over “bad faith” DMCA takedown notice 

14. Google in Fight Over Content That Appears in Search Results

15. Spotify Sued Over User-Created Playlists

16. SEC has jurisdiction over investments in Bitcoin

17. Top 10 New IP Paper Downloads



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News of the Week; September 4, 2013

1. Evolving case law on the fair use of famous trademarks in video games

2. Report: Rayman Legends for PS Vita Missing 28 Levels

3. The best (legal) way to enjoy classic game cartridges

4. Examined, the Virtual Life Is Worth Living

5. Amazon Infiltrates the Android Game Market to Sell You Stuff While You Play

6. Iranian ‘League of Legends’ tournament bans female characters

7. Examined, the Virtual Life Is Worth Living

8. Use of Online Data in the Big Data Era: Legal Issues Raised by the Use of Web Crawling and Scraping Tools for Analytics Purposes

9. Microsoft moves forward with NSA surveillance lawsuit after government negotiations stall

10. B.C. privacy commissioner has a passion for data protection

11. HTC’s top designers reportedly in custody after stealing trade secrets

12. Texting drivers in NJ? You might be liable for their car crash

13. The lawyers hackers call – Meet the team defending Matthew Keys

14. Displair makes a touchscreen out of thin air (photos)

And in the “REALLY?????” category:

15. Director Uwe Boll wants Kickstarter to help make ‘Postal 2′ because no one else will


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