News of the Week; October 29, 2014


1. Judge clears Activision for use of Noriega’s likeness in Black Ops II: Ruling notes dictator’s notorious reputation wasn’t actually harmed by the game.

2. Is GamerGate About Media Ethics or Harassing Women? Harassment, the Data Shows

74,140 reasons that #GamerGate isn’t about the ethics of journalism

It’s Game Over for ‘Gamers’: Anita Sarkeesian on Video Games’ Great Future

Researchers find that female PC gamers outnumber males

Can Video Games Survive?: The Disheartening GamerGate Campaign

The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate (Felicia Day)

Swedish Game Developers Sign Petition Supporting Diversity, Rejecting Harassment

Adobe Issues Statement About GamerGate

3. Are there lines games shouldn’t cross?

4. Blizzard Bans ‘Several Thousand’ Hearthstone Players

5. Japanese Game Teaches Citizens the Finer Points of Being a ‘Lay Judge’

6. Xbox head: Minecraft sequel may not “make the most sense”

7. Madden, mobile and digital drive EA to record Q2

8. Helgason: Negative view on Riccitiello is “incredibly unfair”

9. This video game might be the future of ADHD and Alzheimer’s treatment

10. PlayStation 4 Update Coming On 10/28 Lets You Play Games With Friends Who Don’t Own A Copy

11. Some quick thoughts on VR and game dev… (Kim Voll) 


12. Snowden document isn’t proof of telco-spy deal, says UK agency as it squashes privacy complaint

13. Embedding Is Not Copyright Infringement, Eu Court Rules

EU Court Of Justice Says Embedding Is Not Infringing: Could Mean Streaming Sites Are Legal

14. Pew survey says online harassment rampant, impacts genders differently: Young women suffer severe types of harassment at “disproportionately high levels.”

15. What, exactly, is a browsewrap?

16. The paradoxes of open data and how to get rid of it? Analysing the interplay between open data and sui-generis rights on databases (Primavera De Filippi & Lionel Maurel)

17. Whisper, Secret, and Snapchat leaks show that fake privacy is almost worse than no privacy at all

18. Thousands of Hungarians march against Internet tax

19. FCC moves to treat online video like cable, a boon for Aereo

20. Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts: Big-data boondoggles and brain-inspired chips are just two of the things we’re really getting wrong

21. Parasitic Capitalism, Round 2: Sold for $200,000

22. The ugly afterlife of crowdfunding projects that never ship and never end: Even projects crowdfunded to excess enter tense, never-ending development hell.

23. Digital Discrimination: The Case of 


24. Copyright Law Stifling Free Speech And Artistic Criticism

Dangerous Undertakings: Sacred Texts and Copyright’s Myth of Aesthetic Neutrality (John Tehranian)

25. Aereo blocked from real-time TV rebroadcasts

26. Getty Images says it’s trying to ease up on enforcing copyright: Rights-holding company will still sue, but wants “to approach infringers as customers.”

27. Court Ruling: The NFL Isn’t Violating Player’s Publicity Rights By Selling Videos Of Historical Game Footage

28. These filmmakers want to put you inside a horror movie



One response to “News of the Week; October 29, 2014”

  1. judmicha

    Very intriguing that embedded videos of copyrighted material will not be considered infringement of the copyright in EU. I am very curious to know a bit more about what the reasoning behind the decision was. Sadly my German isn’t quite up to the task of reading the judgement but I hope to be reading an English version in the near future. I must say I find the idea that a Youtube video embedded in another website is not thereby “communicated to a new public” very difficult to accept. This strikes me as similar to the idea that reprinting a libelous print article in a different publication does not implicate one in the libel because the material was already available to the reading public. Though I of course haven’t studied the EU Copyright Directive and may be missing something with regard to how these terms are used.

    And I cannot help but comment on Newsweek’s attempt to quantitatively analyze what the “Gamergate” group represents. It’s an interesting attempt, even if the methodology seems quite poor. There seems to have been no notice paid to the fact that the most frequently re-tweeted #gamergate tweets tend to be anti-gamergate comments from gaming community figures, which drives up mentions of certain individuals. Also the fact that 90% of tweets in some instances were categorized as neutral or unidentified speaks to the limits of this type of study. When has anything on twitter ever been 90% neutral?