News of the Week

News of the Week; July 1, 2020

GAMES

  1. Newzoo: There will be over 3 billion gamers by 2023
  2. Report: Games market to generate $159 billion in 2020 (Newzoo)
  3. Global games market value to reach $159bn in 2020: Revenue and audience growth booms in Africa, Middle East, and Latin America
  4. Roblox hacked by Trump supporters: More than a thousand users’ profiles changed, telling kids to ask their parents to re-elect US president
  5. Pokemon Go Developer Niantic Wins Battle Over 3D Virtual Thematic Environment Patent
  6. Niantic partners with immersive theatre company Punchdrunk: Sleep No More creators to work with AR developers on multiple, unannounced projects
  7. Confederate flag and other “notorious iconography” banned in Forza: Anti-police brutality phrases such as a ACAB and FTP also banned
  8. Cyberpunk 2077 will be censored in Japan: Sexual references, nudity and dismemberment to be toned down
  9. Cyberpunk 2077’s big summer trailer: Braindance your way into Keanu
  10. Twin Galaxies says Billy Mitchell “flirts with perjury” in high-score case
  11. Are Loot Boxes Considered Gambling? UK Needs More Evidence
  12. Global Game Jam in turmoil following Black Lives Matter silence: Bullying allegations surface after resignation of executive committee member over refusal to issue statement on BLM
  13. IGDA criticizes industry for ignoring harassment allegations: Developer group says it will compile resources for studio leaders to create safe and positive company cultures
  14. Ubisoft reportedly places executives on leave amid abuse investigation: Tommy François and Maxime Béland each face at least three claims of misconduct
  15. Ubisoft to investigate rampant sexual assault and harassment accusations
  16. Report: Ubisoft suspends two executives accused of sexual and physical abuse
  17. Ubisoft CEO sanctions formation of ‘multidisciplinary working group’ to tackle abuse
  18. The Ubisoft paradox: How the publisher enabled a culture of abuse and control
  19. Leaders, members, sponsors depart top WoW guild amid assault, abuse allegations: Multiple people allege that Method protected member accused of sexual assault and preying on minors
  20. Abuse in the industry isn’t down to a few “bad apples” | Opinion: The story can’t end with the outing of individual abusers — ending predation in the games industry requires cultural and institutional change
  21. EA pledges to investigate allegations of abuse and support victims
  22. Twitch suspends Donald Trump’s channel for hateful conduct: Streaming platform cites the president’s comments portraying Mexicans as criminals
  23. Twitch Temporarily Bans Donald Trump, Citing Newly Reviewed Policies Against Hateful Conduct
  24. Twitch Executive Hassan Bokhari Accused Of Sexual Assault As Platform Begins Permabanning Alleged Abusers
  25. Twitch addresses sexual abuse allegations with permanent ban pledge
  26. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla creative director steps down after misconduct allegations
  27. DrDisrespect banned from Twitch again: Guy Beahm’s latest ban is reportedly permanent, but reason for the punishment remains unclear
  28. Dr. DisRespect Was (Probably) Not Permabanned For Trying To Develop A Twitch Competitor
  29. Twitch will issue permanent suspensions to abusers on its platform: Investigation is ongoing as Twitch takes additional steps to combat abuse and hate within its communities
  30. EA urges employees to come forward with experiences of abuse: Publisher offers resources for both its staff and community members who may have experienced harassment or abuse
  31. Avast finds 17 Trojan gaming apps still available on Google Play: Online security firm reported 47 Trojan gaming apps to Google, which have been downloaded 15 million times
  32. The Last of Us Part 2 sells 4 million: Naughty Dog sequel tops Spider-Man to become fastest-selling first-party PS4 exclusive over first three days
  33. The Last of Us Part II sold over 4 million copies in three days
  34. 3DS, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Last of Us Part 2 lead UK Charts: Stock clearance sees cult 3DS RPG Bravely Second take No.2
  35. Roblox player spending passes $1.5bn on mobile: May was the game’s biggest month ever with revenue of over $100 million
  36. Amazon’s latest PC game to be delisted from Steam after less than two months
  37. Amazon’s Crucible retreats into closed beta: Following rocky launch, competitive free-to-play shooter will close its doors to new players
  38. Sonic the Hedgehog film producer snaps up Disco Elysium screen rights
  39. Plans revealed for Disco Elysium TV series: Adaptation will be produced by DJ2 Entertainment, which is run by Sonic The Hedgehog movie’s co-producer
  40. Starbreeze seeks $26m to fund ongoing development of Payday 3: COVID-19 lockdown interrupted publisher negotiations for the next Payday game
  41. Discord is pivoting away from games to become ‘your place to talk’
  42. Discord raises $100m to further expand beyond games: Communications platform redesigned to be more accessible to non-gamers, company reportedly valued at $3.5 billion
  43. Admix raises $7m in funding for “non-intrusive” ads: London-based startup allows developers to place programmatic advertising space within their games
  44. Sinespace dev partners with Unity to let Asset Store creators sell models in-game 
  45. European retailers can no longer sell download codes for Nintendo-published titles
  46. Microsoft reportedly stops advertising on Facebook: But Xbox firm is still redirecting Mixer users to the social network
  47. Microsoft exiting the retail store business, closing 83 locations
  48. Report: Latest Xbox Lockhart rumors point towards an August announce
  49. Microsoft plans to reveal Xbox Lockhart model in August
  50. Mixer just saw its second-best quarter ever – Streamlabs: Twitch smashed viewership records in Q2 2020, with over 5 billion hours watched
  51. Mixer Shuts Down, Showing Again Why You Don’t Need To Freak Out By Copycat Competitors
  52. Descenders’ weekly sales increased five times thanks to Xbox Game Pass: No More Robots says subscription service has “elevated the game to heights we couldn’t have imagined”
  53. Nintendo Switch game sales: the three biggest misconceptions
  54. Nintendo reportedly stops sale of digital download codes for EMEA retailers: Third-party digital titles, add-on content, and eshop funds will still be available in stores
  55. Report: Apple scraps deals with some Apple Arcade devs in pursuit of more engagement
  56. Apple reportedly ending some Arcade contracts, seeking higher retention: Tech giant said to be honing in on titles that will keep users subscribed to its service past the free trial
  57. Gaming on Apple platforms is set for some big changes—here are a few
  58. New hack runs homebrew code from DVD-R on unmodified PlayStation 2
  59. PlayStation now has a dedicated initiative for indie games: PlayStation Indies
  60. Why this month’s PC port of Death Stranding is the definitive version
  61. Tencent starts US studio to make AAA games for next-gen consoles: Led by Rockstar veteran Steve Martin, LightSpeed LA will debut with an open world game for PS5 and Xbox Series X
  62. Harmonix’s Fuser wants to make you a DJ… but only up to a point – Preview: Successor to DropMix succeeds where DJ Hero failed, but is that enough?
  63. Crysis Remastered delayed for additional polish: Development team acknowledges mixed feedback to trailer leak
  64. How to navigate the modern world of games publishing
  65. Gamers more trusting of brands than non-gamers, says Gameloft: Report from mobile publisher’s advertising arm finds gamers see elevated benefits from companies like Tesla, Amazon, and Lexus
  66. Focus Home Interactive acquires Lords of the Fallen dev Deck13 for $7.9M
  67. Keywords buys development engineering provider Coconut Lizard for $2.47M
  68. PlayBrain raises $6m to grow Japanese esports events infrastructure: Bitkraft Esports Ventures leads investment, bringing total funding to $8 million
  69. Guild Esports launches with David Beckham as co-owner
  70. Guild Esports breaks cover with David Beckham as co-owner: Startup is also backed by Blue Star Capital, with Overwatch League exec Carleton Curtis at the helm
  71. Pressure Mounts for Xbox’s Missing VR Strategy as PSVR Revenue Exceeds $2 Billion
  72. Facebook Says It Has Developed the ‘Thinnest VR display to date’ With Holographic Folded Optics
  73. How holographic tech is shrinking VR displays to the size of sunglasses
  74. Google Glass 3.0? Google acquires smart glasses maker North
  75. Google Acquires North, the Startup Behind ‘Focals’ Smartglasses
  76. Google gives Android depth sensing and object occlusion with ARCore 1.18
  77. Ken Levine: “You don’t come up with amazing things by being completely normal” – Founder of Ghost Story Games discusses the difficult balance between creativity and efficiency in game development
  78. A Neverwinter Nights intro to game design | Why I Love: Little Chicken Game Company’s Erik Kors shares how the world of Faerûn led him to the world of game development
  79. Umurangi Generation’s approach to modernizing cyberpunk: Naphtali Faulkner talks about the inspirations and intentions behind his sci-fi photography game
  80. Shawn Layden: COVID-19 is an opportunity to build a better industry: “If we don’t take something positive from this extended period of quarantine, we’ve really squandered the opportunity”
  81. You should play Namco’s lost arcade-action classic, Mr. Driller DrillLand
  82. The astronomical challenge of recording The Outer Worlds: How did Obsidian handle voice work for a game with almost 350 characters, 40 voice actors, and recording studios in different countries?
  83. Kongregate shuts off game submissions as Flash’s final days approach
  84. Super Nintendo World park opening reportedly delayed due to COVID-19: Universal Studios Japan reopened just over a week ago with special safety restrictions
  85. How to move your role-playing game nights online
  86. The Last of Us Part II is PlayStation Studios’ fastest-selling PS4 game
  87. Prioritizing accessibility early on was vital for The Last of Us Part 2’s robust features
  88. Don’t Miss: The evolution of CD Projekt’s quest design for Cyberpunk: 2077
  89. Don’t Miss: Blizzard’s postmortem of Diablo II
  90. Don’t Miss: Designing CrossCode to stand out in the retro RPG market
  91. Don’t Miss: Incorporating level design in melee combat systems
  92. Video: Devs share their experiences going from corporate to indie and back again
  93. Video: An architectural approach to video game level design
  94. Video: The mechanics of explosive growth in Roblox

DIGITAL

  1. New commission exploring impact of digital media on democracy includes McLachlin, Dodek
  2. YouTube Bans 6 White Supremacist Channels, Including David Duke, Richard Spencer, Stefan Molyneux
  3. Lawsuit by Black YouTubers against YouTube faces “uphill battle”
  4. Twitter’s Least-Bad Option for Dealing With Donald Trump: Every plausible configuration of social media in 2020 is unpalatable.
  5. Bogus Ideas Have Superspreaders, Too
  6. Twitter not liable in Devin Nunes’ beef with cow account, judge rules
  7. Facebook will label rule violations as Coke, Pepsi, Starbucks join ad “pause”
  8. Verizon joins growing Facebook advertiser boycott
  9. Facebook executive admits to “trust deficit” on call with advertisers
  10. Reddit bans pro-Trump /r/The_Donald for “rule-breaking content”
  11. Twitch And Reddit Ramp Up Their Enforcement Against ‘Hateful’ Content
  12. Reddit bans r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse as part of a major expansion of its rules
  13. You Purged Racists From Your Website? Great, Now Get to Work
  14. Filmmakers and Others Take on the U.S. Government Over Social Media Surveillance
  15. Three cops fired after accidental dashcam activation captures racist rants
  16. Running Geotargeted Advertising Confers Personal Jurisdiction–UMG Recordings v. Kurbanov (Eric Goldman)
  17. hiQ Files Opposition Brief with Supreme Court in LinkedIn CFAA Data Scraping Dispute
  18. Confusion Over Plug-Ins, Cookies and Wiretapping…Will Facebook Petition the Supreme Court, and What To Do In the Interim
  19. How the ‘Karen Meme’ Confronts the Violent History of White Womanhood
  20. Ken and Karen are White Supremacists
  21. Doomscrolling is slowly eroding your mental health
  22. Jenna Marbles Announces Indefinite YouTube Hiatus, Privates Videos With 2 Billion Views After Apologizing For Past Racist Clips
  23. Shane Dawson Apologizes For Blackface, Pedophilia Jokes, And Willow Smith’s Family Isn’t Having It
  24. Liza Koshy Apologizes For ‘Perpetuating Racist Ideas’, Cultural Appropriation With Past Character Creations
  25. David Dobrik Apologizes For Any Past Videos That Made Viewers Feel Unwelcome, Uncomfortable
  26. YouTube Has Suspended Monetization On All 3 Of Shane Dawson’s Channels
  27. An embattled group of leakers picks up the WikiLeaks mantle
  28. DOJ Proposes Curb to Antitrust Immunity Under Communications Decency Act of 1996
  29. Section 230 Protects Twitter from the “Devin Nunes’ Cow” Lawsuit–Nunes v. Twitter (Eric Goldman)
  30. Another Day, Another Bad Bill To Reform Section 230 That Will Do More Harm Than Good
  31. Senator Loeffler’s New Section 230 Reform Bill Would Threaten Encryption And Pressure Websites To Keep Spam & Porn
  32. ‘But Without 230 Reform, Websites Have No Incentive To Change!’ They Scream Into The Void As Every Large Company Pulls Ads From Facebook
  33. My Interview With Mathew Ingram Regarding Section 230 (Eric Goldman)
  34. Author Of Section 230 Chris Cox Says All The Critics Are Wrong About The History And Intent Of 230
  35. I’d Bet Ted Cruz Will Start Supporting Section 230 Once He Realizes He’s On The Hook For Parler’s Legal Expenses
  36. As Predicted: Parler Is Banning Users It Doesn’t Like
  37. Just Like Every Other Platform, Parler Will Take Down Content And Face Impossible Content Moderation Choices
  38. Parler Speedruns The Content Moderation Learning Curve; Goes From ‘We Allow Everything’ To ‘We’re The Good Censors’ In Days
  39. Knight Foundation Grant To Copia To Research Content Moderation, Governance, Rules & Norms For Internet Infrastructure
  40. Brands and influencers beware: UK and Netherlands zooming in on fake likes and reviews
  41. Brazil’s Proposed ‘Fake News’ Law Says Internet Users Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent, Demands Constant Logging From ISPs
  42. New Section 301 investigations into digital services taxes involving multiple countries
  43. Millions of Americans Depend on Libraries for Internet. Now They’re Closed: From big cities to tiny towns, librarians are getting scrappy to meet the need
  44. Court Upholds Formation of a Lengthy Contract Presented on a Mobile Device–Hidalgo v. AAU (Eric Goldman)
  45. Facebook Expands Fan Subscriptions To Creators In 7 Regions, Introduces Live Stream Ads And More Video Analytics
  46. Fintech Startup ‘Karat’ Raises $4.6 Million To Launch Credit Card Exclusively For Digital Creators
  47. Social Video Views Climbed for Latin American Creators During Quarantine
  48. Netflix Embraces YouTube, TikTok, And Instagram For ‘Pride’ Event
  49. YouTube Users Watch 450 Million Hours Of Content On TV Screens Each Day
  50. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 6/29/2020
  51. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 6/29/2020
  52. YouTube TV jumps 30% in price effective immediately
  53. YouTube TV Hikes Subscription Price To $65 After Adding Suite Of ViacomCBS Channels
  54. At Brandcast, YouTube Renews Originals From James Charles, MrBeast, Markiplier, And Marques Brownlee
  55. YouTube Cancels Its Longest-Running Original—Joey Graceffa’s ‘Escape The Night’
  56. After A Decade, Ingrid Nilsen Emotionally Closes Chapter On Her YouTube Career
  57. Tati Westbrook Accuses Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star Of Coercing Her Into James Charles Takedown Video
  58. At NewFronts, TikTok Brings Ad Offerings To The Fore With New ‘TikTok For Business’ Platform
  59. Spotify Duo for couples is cheaper than the standard family plan
  60. New domain name dispute resolution policies for .AC, .IO and .SH
  61. Microsoft’s “new approach” to retail stores: Closing them forever
  62. Microsoft closing its retail stores: Xbox maker closing 82 Microsoft Store locations, will run “Microsoft Experience Centers” in London, New York, Syndey, and Redmond
  63. Cutting off tech’s nose to spite the West’s strategic face?
  64. Three cops fired after accidental dashcam activation captures racist rants
  65. Search engine startup asks users to be the customer, not the product
  66. Chinese bank requires foreign firm to install app with covert backdoor
  67. Lessons from China – The Formation of a Social Credit System: Profiling, Reputation Scoring, Social Engineering (Paul Langer)
  68. COVID-19 spread 4X faster in one Amazon warehouse than local area
  69. Amazon pays $1.2 billion for self-driving startup Zoox
  70. Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

A.I.

  1. Detroit police chief cops to 96-percent facial recognition error rate
  2. Facial Recognition Software Finally Gets Around To Getting An Innocent Person Arrested
  3. Tesla driver blames Autopilot for crash, faces negligent driving charge
  4. Voicemod raises $8m for AI-powered ‘voice avatars’: Technology enables players to alter their voice and apply effects that match the in-game action

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. FCA Upholds Constitutionality of CASL CEM Provisions and CRTC Approach to B2B Exemption and Conspicuous Publication Implied Consent
  2. FCC helps Charter avoid broadband competition
  3. New Bill Would Kill State Laws Blocking Broadband Competition
  4. Small ISPs “stunned” by FCC move to ban Huawei/ZTE gear during pandemic
  5. AT&T Ditches $15 TV Service It Used As Regulator Bait To Seal Time Warner Merger
  6. Comcast’s data cap and overage fees return tomorrow after 3-month break
  7. ISPs To Bring Back Usage Caps After Brief Pandemic Hiatus
  8. T-Mobile Is Already Trying To Wiggle Out Of Its Sprint Merger Conditions
  9. Dish buys Boost prepaid biz from T-Mobile, finally enters wireless market
  10. Telehealth Use Surges Around the World Amid COVID-19
  11. Landmark EU General Court ruling on Hutchinson-Telefónica UK merger reframes the threshold for proving competitive harm
  12. $100 billion “universal fiber” plan proposed by Democrats in Congress

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Access Copyright and York University File Leave to Appeal Material in the Supreme Court of Canada (Howard Knopf)
  2. Copyright Board Activity in 2020: Launch of Twitter Account and Guidelines for Economic Evidence (Howard Knopf)
  3. Florida Law Will Allow College Athletes to Profit from Name, Image, and Likeness Starting Summer 2021
  4. Can copyright law help Brompton ride out an IP storm?
  5. Zindel v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc.: Ninth Circuit reverses dismissal of copyright claims against The Shape of Water film, ruling that dismissal on pleadings was premature because additional evidence could aid.
  6. The fair remuneration provisions in the new Copyright Directive
  7. Copyright: Hyperlinks and the Communication to the Public Right
  8. John Bolton Doesn’t Need Copyright Protection
  9. Companies Issuing Bogus Copyright Claims To Hide Police Training Materials From The Public
  10. Copyright Troll Richard Liebowitz Benchslapped And Sanctioned AGAIN In A Massive Filing Detailing Pages Upon Pages Of Him Lying Under Oath
  11. Supreme Court says generic domains like booking.com can be trademarked
  12. Prosecco People Move On From Bullying Puns Over Trademark To Bullying Portmanteau Over Trademark
  13. Captain Tom Moore – a positive pandemic trade mark story
  14. Vegan food fight: Does Nestlé’s Incredible Burger infringe Impossible Burger?
  15. EU law on the “technical result” and “substantial value” exclusions for shape marks
  16. Where Claimed Points of Novelty Have Primarily Functional Purpose, They Fail “Ornamental Design” Patentability Requirement
  17. Federal Circuit Affirms Use of Common Sense for Obviousness Determination
  18. Falling short of a sufficient disclosure
  19. Patent claim ambiguities and their interpretations
  20. Upheaval for patent law of sufficiency from the UK Supreme Court
  21. Patents diary June 2020: UK Supreme Court holds Regeneron’s transgenic mice patents invalid
  22. Supreme Court Decision: Regeneron v Kymab
  23. Territorial licensing: “start at the end before you begin”

PRIVACY

  1. Tim Hortons Mobile App Under Investigation For Data Privacy Concerns
  2. Tim Hortons scaling back data collection as four privacy watchdogs announce joint investigation into app: Probe by federal, Alberta, Quebec & B.C. commissioners comes after report on coffee chain’s data collection practices
  3. Contact Tracing Apps in Canada: Province of Alberta launches, and Federal Government Announces Nationwide Initiative
  4. The Most Important Privacy Case You’ve Never Heard Of
  5. Foreign adversaries likely to try exploiting critical networking bug, US says
  6. TikTok and 32 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data
  7. UK Information Commissioner Says Police Are Grabbing Too Much Data From Phones Owned By Crime Victims
  8. Indiana Supreme Court Says Compelled Decryption Of Smartphones Violates The Fifth Amendment
  9. Instagram Users, Beware Of Copyright Infringement Warning You May Receive In DMs
  10. Insights: Apple’s Latest Privacy Push Further Complicates Competitors’ Data Handling
  11. Does the CCPA apply to cookies that are used for data analytics?
  12. Moral Data Markets: Human-Centric Data Protection
  13. Two record DDoSes disclosed this week underscore their growing menace
  14. Comcast And Mozilla Partner Up To Help Encrypt DNS
  15. Privacy Questions Raised By Distance Learning

CREATIVITY   

  1. Charles Harder Tries And Fails To Censor Another Book About His Most Famous Client, The President
  2. NY Judge Apparently Unaware Of The Supreme Court’s Ban On Prior Restraint: Puts Temporary Restraining Order On Trump’s Niece’s Book
  3. Goldman Sachs Created A Font, But You Are Forbidden By Its License To Critique Goldman Sachs Using It
  4. German Minister Files Criminal Complaint Against A Journalist Who Said Police Officers Are ‘Trash People’

Jon

News of the Week; June 24, 2020

GAMES

  1. Class action lawsuit brought against Apple over loot boxes: Loot boxes are indisputably gambling under California law, argues 100-member lawsuit
  2. Starting in July, iOS games will require gov’t approval to launch on China’s App Store
  3. California court dismisses Magic Leap lawsuit against competitor Nreal
  4. Magic Leap’s lawsuit against competitor Nreal thrown out of court: “From the beginning we’ve firmly stated that Magic Leap’s claims against Nreal are meritless,” says Nreal founder
  5. ‘The Sims’ Becomes An Outlet For Would-Be Protesters Who Cannot Attend Protests
  6. FDA First: Agency Approves Video Game Treatment For ADHD, Requires A Prescription
  7. Dozens of YouTubers, Twitch Streamers, And Gaming Executives Face Sexual Abuse Allegations
  8. Dying Light 2 writer Chris Avellone accused of sexual assault and harassment
  9. As streamers face harassment allegations, Twitch sees boycott threat
  10. Mass DMCA Takedown Requests Issued on Twitch
  11. A wave of abuse allegations sweeps the games industry
  12. Ubisoft and Insomniac face allegations over mistreatment of women
  13. Insomniac responds to allegations from former staff about culture of harassment
  14. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla creative director leaves project: Takes leave of absence from Ubisoft after accusations of marital infidelity
  15. Ubisoft ‘deeply concerned’ with sexual assault allegations against multiple employees
  16. Industry’s abuse problem brought into focus by latest wave of allegations: Less than a year since high profile industry figures named, dozens of streamers, influencers and developers called out for abusive behaviour
  17. Hearthstone pro says he was blacklisted after spouse criticized Blizzard: Janne “Savjz” Mikkonen says he was punished because Christina Mikkonen “spoke up about the injust practices” of Blizzard
  18. Cheeky Devils left Red-faced – High Court rejects Manchester United’s procedural request in video game case
  19. Police cars removed from Epic Games’ Fortnite: The Wall Street Journal alleges that police vehicles were removed in response to the killing of George Floyd
  20. Valve looks to stem tide of racist bots in Team Fortress 2: After months of inaction, Valve quietly works to “mitigate the use of new and free accounts for abusive purposes”
  21. Bot mafias have wreaked havoc in World of Warcraft Classic
  22. Too little, too shy: The gaming industry’s response to #BLM | Opinion: Gaming companies want to get away with tokens of sympathy for #BlackLivesMatter — Don’t let them
  23. How the games industry can put its diversity pledges into action | Opinion: The industry’s diversity problems aren’t new, but willing developers have all the tools they need to take action
  24. Zynga launches $25 million charity fund to foster inclusion and diversity
  25. Kowloon Nights launches $2 million game investment fund for Black creators
  26. Former Microsoft employee accuses Mixer manager of racist comments: Milan Lee has a meeting with Microsoft’s Phil Spencer to discuss an experience that made him leave the company
  27. Microsoft is killing its game-streaming service, folding it into Facebook’s
  28. Microsoft is shutting down Mixer, redirecting its users to Facebook Gaming
  29. Microsoft Shutters Mixer, Looks To Shepherd Creators To Facebook Gaming As Part Of New Pact
  30. Microsoft announces the closure of streaming platform Mixer, will partner with Facebook Gaming
  31. Microsoft shutting down Mixer: Streaming service closing July 22 with partners being transitioned to Facebook Gaming; exclusive streamers like Ninja, Shroud free to leave
  32. Lone Echo developer Ready at Dawn acquired by Facebook
  33. Humble’s ‘Fight for Racial Justice’ bundle has raised over $4.3M for charity
  34. Humble Bundle raises £3.5m for Black Lives Matter: Bundle of more than 50 games and books was bought by 130,000 people
  35. App Imperialism: The Political Economy of the Canadian App Store (David Nieborg, Chris Young, Daniel Joseph)
  36. Guinness reinstates Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong, Pac-Man records
  37. Twitch sells CurseForge to Overwolf: Mod management platform will become stand-alone app supported by subscriptions, in-app advertising
  38. EA pledges tougher stance on toxicity with Positive Play Charter: The publisher has removed more than 3,500 player-created assets featuring “inappropriate and hurtful” language in recent weeks
  39. EA and the war against toxicity: Chief marketing officer Chris Bruzzo on why Electronic Arts is ramping up its efforts to stamp out hate speech in games
  40. Report: Microsoft could launch xCloud streaming service as part of Xbox Game Pass
  41. Xbox Series X difference will be immersion more than visuals, Spencer says: Head of Xbox talks about what will separate Microsoft’s next-gen, says cell phone-like All Access payment program will be “critical” this generation
  42. Lack of Smart Delivery won’t prevent PS5 owners from playing Cyberpunk 2077
  43. PlayStation posts bug bounty to track down PS4 and PSN security issues
  44. EA: “PS5 and Xbox Series X games will feel different, better and more visceral” – Chief Studios Officer Laura Miele on breaking down platform barriers, making games more inclusive, and COVID-19
  45. EA Sports renews exclusivity deal with La Liga for FIFA franchise: The extended deal includes a “joint commitment” to pushing further into esports
  46. The Sims 4 records peak high of 10 million monthly active users
  47. The Sims 4 hit 10m MAUs in the last quarter: EA’s six year old title also added 2.5m new players in the last two months, ahead of its relaunch on Steam
  48. EA is bringing seven games to the Nintendo Switch in the next 12 months: Including Burnout Paradise: Remastered and Apex Legends
  49. Evercade’s retro portable made me fall out of love with game cartridges
  50. Activision follows Crash Bandicoot remakes with the first new Crash game in a decade
  51. This War of Mine is now recommended reading for Polish high school students
  52. This War of Mine will be added to school reading list in Poland: “I don’t think we’ve ever encountered a game being officially included in the educational system on a national level as school reading”
  53. CEX staff report concerns as stores re-open: Employees take issue with inconsistent rules, no quarantine period on trade-ins, no reduction in opening hours
  54. Facebook prepares to wage war over release of Gaming app on iOS
  55. Apple repeatedly rejects Facebook Gaming app for App Store inclusion: Platform’s rules ban apps whose main focus is distributing other games
  56. Apple App Store Has Denied Hosting Facebook’s Standalone Gaming App At Least 5 Times Since February (Report)
  57. New App Store review processes will let devs challenge guideline violations
  58. Apple to allow developers to challenge App Store Review Guidelines: New systems will put devs in a stronger position to appeal Apple’s decisions and change problematic App Store rules
  59. Stadia Share launches in beta with Crayta in July: Creators will be able to generate shareable links directly to their game sessions
  60. The mystery Pokemon project being developed by Tencent is a cross-platform MOBA
  61. Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed again—this time to November
  62. Cyberpunk 2077 delayed two more months: CD Projekt Red pushes release back to November 19 saying more time needed for balancing and bug fixing
  63. Population Zero and the dangers of Early Access hype: Three key lessons from a game made by a studio of 60 people, that had a very rough launch
  64. South Australian government extends 10% rebate to its games industry: The production rebate is the first of its kind to be extended to game developers in Australia
  65. Shawn Layden: “I would welcome a return to the 12 to 15 hour AAA game” – At Gamelab Live, the former PlayStation exec discussed the industry’s need to rethink the spiralling costs of AAA development
  66. Call of Duty: Mobile reaches 250m downloads after eight months – Sensor Tower estimates show sharp increase in revenue and downloads since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
  67. Report: Digital games market revenue reached $10.2 billion in May (SuperData)
  68. Digital games spending reaches $10.2b in May as COVID-19 restrictions relax: Grand Theft Auto 5, Civilization 6 see PC spending surges thanks to free Epic Games Store release
  69. The Last of Us Part 2 smashes sales records | UK Charts: It beats Uncharted 4 to become Sony’s fastest-selling PS4 game
  70. Examining the indie ins and outs of today’s game distribution platforms
  71. Epic Games Store hit 61m MAUs during “The Vault” game giveaway: Epic’s Steam competitor reached 13m peak concurrent users during campaign in which Grand Theft Auto 5 was given away for free
  72. One tricky racing sim: Assetto Corsa Competizione is now on consoles
  73. ‘Fortnite’ To Test Full-Length Film Screenings With Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception,’ ‘Batman Begins,’ ‘The Prestige’
  74. Fortnite is a masterclass in flexibility | Opinion: Epic’s battle royale is a cultural phenomenon due to a will to challenge fundamental ideas about what a game is and what its players want to experience
  75. FaZe Clan Takes Ownership Stake In Meal Replacement Shake Startup ‘CTRL’
  76. Cloud Gaming – Opportunities and Risks for eSports
  77. Igniting the fire of eSports regulatory reform
  78. Esports as sport
  79. EA: Playing ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ in VR Will Be “more like being a real pilot”
  80. Facebook acquires Ready at Dawn: Oculus parent picks up Lone Echo franchise studio to work on VR content
  81. Oculus will start offering Quest software regardless of quality
  82. Oculus is winding down Oculus Go support to instead double down on Quest and Rift
  83. Oculus Go headset discontinued: VR company will stop adding developers’ apps and updates to Oculus Store this December, pledges to open up Quest distribution options
  84. Quest-curious VR devs will be able to officially bypass the Oculus Store in 2021
  85. The digitisation of Pokémon: The Pokémon Company’s Peter Murphy discusses the release of the new Isle of Armor DLC
  86. How playtesting influenced the last days of Control’s development
  87. Blog: Game composers and the importance of themes – Part 1
  88. Don’t Miss: A level designer breaks down The Last of Us 2’s trailer level
  89. Don’t Miss: The untold story of Lumines: Electronic Symphony
  90. Don’t Miss: What went right (and wrong) during Deadly Premonition’s development
  91. Video: High-performance animation transitions in Gears of War
  92. Video: Using deep learning to combat cheating in Counter-Strike
  93. Unity’s Learn Premium suite of game dev courses is now available for free
  94. Unity makes premium learning tools free on a permanent basis: More than 350 hours of online courses are now available to everyone due to ongoing impact of COVID-19
  95. Minecraft, King’s Quest, and more join the World Video Game Hall of Fame
  96. U.S. Patent no. 10,325,266: Rewarding classes of purchasers

DIGITAL

  1. TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Say They Sank Trump Rally: Did a successful prank inflate attendance expectations for President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okla.?
  2. In the UK, social media use associated with COVID-19 conspiracy theories
  3. Four Black Creators File Suit Against YouTube, Alleging Racial Discrimination In Algorithm
  4. Jukin Media Steps In With Copyright Claim After Trump Posts Doctored Video Of Hugging Toddlers
  5. Trump’s Plan To Turn US Global Media Operations Into State-Sponsored Breitbart… Could Threaten The Open (And Encrypted) Internet
  6. Google, Amazon condemn Trump order cutting off foreign worker visas
  7. Civil Rights Organizations Call for Facebook Advertising Boycott
  8. Facebook Ordered to Turn Over Internal Investigation Documents to Massachusetts Attorney General
  9. Court Denies Facebook’s Motion to Stay Order Compelling Production of Documents
  10. Facebook pulls Trump campaign ads for featuring Nazi-associated image
  11. Facebook’s New Content Moderation Appeals Process
  12. Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible: Facebook Kicks Off Anti-Racist Skinheads/Musicians While Trying To Block Racists
  13. Viral TikTok Video From Black Artist Kirby Prompts Pepsi To Rebrand ‘Aunt Jemima’ Products
  14. TikTok faces scrutiny from EU watchdogs over data practices: Last month, Dutch data-protection commission investigated company’s policies to protect children’s data
  15. Apple caters to China by pulling thousands of “unlicensed” iPhone games
  16. Apple is changing parts of its app review process after the Hey controversy
  17. Vice Calls Out Brands For Deeming George Floyd, ‘Black Lives Matter’ Content Unsafe For Advertising
  18. Instagram Unveils Suite Of Programming, Tools, And Resources In Honor Of Juneteenth
  19. Sweating the Details: Court Analyzes User Interface to Uphold Online Arbitration Clause
  20. Southern District Says the Post Is the Story: Paparazzo’s Cardi B snaps are fair use when it comes to lipstick and hurled shoes
  21. Snap Says It Reaches More 13 To 24-Year-Olds In The U.S. Than Facebook, Instagram, And Messenger Combined
  22. FTC COPPA Settlement with App Developer Highlights Penalty Policy Considerations
  23. Twin Proposals Would Reform Section 230’s Liability Protections and Broadly Affect Online Content
  24. President Trump Loves Section 230 for Himself, Just Not for Anyone Else
  25. Judge Sides With Twitter Over Devin Nunes In Case Over Satirical Internet Cow: Section 230 Removes Twitter From Frivolous Case
  26. Americans Would Probably Love Section 230—If They Understood It (Eric Goldman)
  27. Further Thoughts On Moderation v. Discretion v. Censorship
  28. “There’s Always a Tweet” Applies to Trump’s Anti-Social Media Rhetoric
  29. Risk Mitigation For Social Media Cos. In Light Of Trump Order
  30. Another Court Rejects Turo’s Eligibility for Section 230–Turo v. Los Angeles (Eric Goldman)
  31. Hello! You’ve Been Referred Here Because You’re Wrong About Section 230 Of The Communications Decency Act
  32. Online harms: what progress in the UK and EU?
  33. The Communication Decency Act and the DOJ’s Proposed Solution: No Easy Answers
  34. Social Media Posts During Turbulent Times: FAQs on Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities
  35. Electronic Data exclusion cries out for Judicial Interpretation
  36. Using the internet to cause emotional distress is a felony?
  37. Google to start fact-checking Google Images
  38. Google pushes “text fragment links” with new Chrome extension
  39. Masked arsonist might’ve gotten away with it if she hadn’t left Etsy review
  40. Twitter terminates DDoSecrets, falsely claims it may infect visitors
  41. Kim Kardashian West Signs With Spotify For ‘Innocence Project’ Podcast
  42. CBD Advertisements: What Celebrity Influencers Need to Know
  43. Reviewing the Americans With Disabilities Act’s Application to Websites–Martinez v. SDCCU (Eric Goldman)
  44. Insights: Can YouTube’s $100M Black Lives Matter Program Fuel A New Generation Of Marginalized Creators?
  45. YouTube’s ‘Cobra Kai’ To Kick It At Netflix, Starting With Season 3
  46. YouTube Launches Virtual Summer Camp With Arts, Sports, And STEM-Related Content
  47. Select Management Signs Slew Of YouTube Stars, Including Kelsey Darragh, Aaron Burriss, Hey It’s Fei
  48. YouTube Introduces New Shoppable Ads, ‘Video Action Campaigns’ For High-Traffic Marketing Spots
  49. Jessica Alba Drops Beauty Interview Series On Newly-Launched YouTube Channel
  50. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 6/22/2020
  51. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 6/22/2020
  52. NBA All-Star Stephen Curry To Host YouTube Competition Special ‘Ultimate Home Championship’
  53. With YouTube Music, Google is holding my speakers for ransom
  54. Philip DeFranco Signs With Semaphore To Seek Out Licensing Opportunities
  55. Hulu’s NewFronts Presentation Unveils Interactive Ad Format ‘GatewayGo,’ Nielsen Ad-Targeting Integration
  56. Roku Kicks Off Virtual NewFronts With Tools To Help Advertisers Weather Pandemic
  57. Condé Nast Unveils Podcast Network, Tap-To-Buy Video Ad Product At First NewFronts Outing
  58. Whistle To Launch Social Video Network In Collaboration With Survivalist Host Bear Grylls
  59. Barstool Sports Touts 950K Views Per Day For Founder Dave Portnoy’s Day Trading Show, Launches Branded Content Division
  60. Can you 3D print Damascus steel? Pretty much, yeah
  61. The Coronavirus Laid Bare Our Empty Lip Service To Fixing The ‘Digital Divide’
  62. Five practical steps to ensure due process during virtual hearings
  63. TV writers, like all of us, are developing a love-hate relationship with Zoom
  64. The long, winding, technological road to GPS in every car

A.I.

  1. China Won’t Win the Race for AI Dominance: Authoritarians Love Data, but Innovation Matters More
  2. Police arrested wrong man based on facial recognition fail, ACLU says
  3. In A First, TikTok Lifts Veil On Inner-Workings Of #ForYou Page Algorithm
  4. Artificial Intelligence and the Boardroom Risk
  5. The artist and the algorithm: how YouTube is changing our relationship with music
  6. Endure and survive – The AI of The Last of Us

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Pay to Link?: Canadian Heritage Minister Guilbeault Backs Bringing the Link Tax to Canada (Michael Geist)
  2. Heritage Minister raises possibility of link tax for internet companies (Michael Geist)
  3. Europeans vow to pursue digital tax plans after US “provocation”
  4. Charter seeks FCC OK to impose data caps and charge fees to video services
  5. FCC’s O’Rielly Musters A Tiny Bit Of Courage To Almost Acknowledge Trump’s Executive Order Is Unenforceable Gibberish
  6. AT&T Has Now Eliminated 41,000 Jobs Since Its $42 Billion Trump Tax Cut
  7. AT&T Says Being Misleading About ‘Unlimited’ Data Plans Was Ok, Because Reporters Told Consumers It Was Being Misleading
  8. The Fastest ISP In America Is Community Owned And Operated
  9. Yet More Layoffs Hit Sprint/T-Mobile, Despite Promises This Assuredly Wouldn’t Happen
  10. T-Mobile already trying to get out of merger conditions on 5G and hiring
  11. If T-Mobile’s giant outage affected you, now’s your chance to tell the FCC
  12. FCC Skeptical About Space X Satellite Broadband Claims
  13. FCC Seeks Further Comment on TRACED Act’s Traceback Consortium’s Role
  14. FCC Seeking Comment on the Origination of Programming by FM Translators
  15. Fifteen Year Drought Over: How the Defense in Evonik/PeroxyChem and T-Mobile/Sprint Successfully Litigated the Fix

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Publishers Sue Internet Archive for free access to E-books
  2. Second Circuit Declines to Decide if Human Skin Can Be a Tangible Medium of Expression under Copyright Law and Affirms Dismissal of Makeup Artist’s Lawsuit
  3. Second Circuit Avoids “Making Up” Copyright Ruling Finding Artist’s Claims Preempted
  4. Copyright and memes: Drake effect, exceptions to infringement
  5. Ninth Circuit Decision Solidifies the Importance of Adhering to Registration Formalities
  6. Get ready to explore the boundaries of copyright on a bike before the ECJ (Case C‑833/18 (Brompton))
  7. A ride towards copyright for functional designs: could the iconic Brompton folding bike enjoy copyright protection? The view from Milan
  8. Copyright: Text and Data Mining – New Rules?
  9. Political Campaigns and Unauthorized Music
  10. Software patentability in Canada and beyond
  11. Copyright Gets In The Way Of Chef Andres’ ‘Recipes For The People’; Because The DMCA Takedown System Is Still Broken
  12. Cheez-It Issues A Bogus DMCA Notice To Nuke A Picture It Didn’t Like, Receives Dozens Of Offensive Images In Response
  13. Copyright Filters And Takedowns Are Broken: Questlove Says YouTube Flagged Him For Playing His Own Tracks
  14. Amazon and Valentino v. Kaitlyn Pan: contractual breach and counterfeiting
  15. Kawhi Leonard’s Fight for the “Claw”: An Oregon Court Holds that Nike Owns the “Claw Design” Logo
  16. Too vague: Prince Harry and Meghan’s trade mark application refused
  17. Another blow for Meghan and Harry’s trade mark strategy? Let’s investigate…
  18. Harry & Meghan’s ARCHEWELL US trade mark – not as hopeless as some reports suggest
  19. Netflix Outsmarts POTUS On Space Force Trade Mark
  20. Don’t Let Your Trademark Go Up In Smoke: “smoking is cool” Branding Is Prohibited Under Canada’s Cannabis Act
  21. Supreme Court rules in favour of Apple on trademark debranding
  22. NOKIA v Kokiya: the letters of the law
  23. Restaurant Industry Insight – Registering a Descriptive Restaurant Name
  24. In the company of Jedi´s
  25. Unfair advantage? Burlington Arcade successful at CJEU
  26. Three key differences between U.S. and Canadian patent law that can affect patent filing strategies in Canada
  27. Dropbox’s Patents Invalidated for Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter
  28. U.S. District Court Again Finds Patents for Updating Toolbar Without User Intervention Invalid
  29. Federal Circuit: Prior Dismissal Bars Customer Lawsuits
  30. Non-Infringement Need Not “Be Actually Litigated” to Invoke Kessler Doctrine
  31. Non-Infringement Need Not Be “Actually Litigated” to Shield Accused Products From Infringement Liability in Subsequent Actions
  32. Regeneron v Kymab and the effect of claim scope on the requirement of sufficiency of disclosure
  33. Rights of patentee or general Welfare of the public: which way should the scales tilt?
  34. Lifecycle of a smart idea: Patent strategy – Optimising life sciences patents
  35. Aces of the skies – the patent dogfight between DJI and Autel
  36. FibroGen & Astellas v Akebia & Otsuka – Lord Justice Arnold returns to the Patents Court for monster six patent trial
  37. Federal Circuit Patent Update
  38. Fun summer inventions and patents
  39. A Brief History of Patents & Slavery In Honor of Juneteenth
  40. Intellectual property in the time of COVID-19
  41. Brexit: implications for holders of intellectual property rights and domain names
  42. IP Post-NAFTA: What CUSMA Coming into Force Means for Canadian IP Law
  43. Revised draft Guidelines operationalizing the Patented Medicines Regulations: notable changes
  44. Intellectual Property – Top tips for Directors

PRIVACY

  1. Double-double tracking: How Tim Hortons knows where you sleep, work and vacation: Tim Hortons is logging detailed location data of customers through its app — and many may not realize it’s happening at all
  2. It’s unconstitutional for cops to force phone unlocking, court rules
  3. Millions of documents from >200 US police agencies published in “BlueLeaks” trove
  4. Tech Companies Are Limiting Police Use of Facial Recognition. Here’s Why
  5. New York City Residents Turn City’s Traffic Cameras Into Cop-Watching Tools
  6. So Much For Going Dark: FBI Using Social Media, E-Commerce Sites To Track Down Suspects (Including Non-Lawbreakers)
  7. NIST Releases Cybersecurity Guidance for Manufacturers of IoT Devices
  8. Alleged Privacy Law Violations Create Potential $5 Billion Issue For Google
  9. High Court Protects Privacy of Googlers from Insolvency Probe
  10. Google LLC loses appeal against French Data Protection Authority decision before France highest administrative Court
  11. Chrome extensions with 33 million downloads slurped sensitive user data
  12. Top German Court Rules Facebook’s Collection And Use Of Data From Third-Party Sources Requires ‘Voluntary’ Consent
  13. Privacy Issues of U.S. Collection of Social Media Information from Visa Applicants
  14. Privacy Concerns Lead To Deletion Of All Data Collected By Norway’s Contact Tracing App
  15. FTC Pounces on Maker of Children’s App Menagerie
  16. Immediate Steps Needed to Prevent Your Pandemic WFH Savior Videoconferencing from Turning Into a Future Litigation Nightmare
  17. One Of The World’s Largest Web Tracking Companies Leaks Tons Of Personal Info From An Unsecured Server
  18. To evade detection, hackers are requiring targets to complete CAPTCHAs
  19. Crooks abuse Google Analytics to conceal theft of payment card data
  20. It’s Long Past Time To Encrypt The Entire DNS
  21. Is Data Privacy A Privilege? The Racial Implications Of Technology Based Tools In Government

CREATIVITY   

  1. UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Declares Detention of Sri Lankan Author Violated International Law
  2. Police Memo Says Officers Raiding A Journalist’s Home Were Instructed To Turn Off Their Body Cameras
  3. Appeals Court Says California’s IMDb-Targeting ‘Ageism’ Law Is Unconstitutional
  4. Tennessean Newspaper Apologizes For Running “Horrific” and “Utterly Indefensible” Advertisement
  5. Advertising Falls within Commercial Activity Exception to Sovereign Immunity
  6. Reese Witherspoon and Draper James in COVID-19 Giveaway Suit
  7. Schrodinger’s Classified Info: Trump Argues John Bolton’s Book Is Both False & Classified
  8. In Defamation Law, Context is Everything.
  9. The Need For A Federal Anti-SLAPP Law Is Clear And Overwhelming
  10. ViacomCBS Says It Is In No Rush to Make Major Acquisition
  11. ‘Wunderkind’ London Art Dealer Arrested by FBI
  12. The “root-and-branch rethink” of the film and TV production industry
  13. French Constitutional Council Kills Government’s Brand New Hate Speech Law

Jon

News of the Week; June 17, 2020

GAMES

  1. Judge rejects defence theory of ‘gaming consciousness’ and convicts man of Marpole murders
  2. Federal Court Affirms Activision’s First Amendment Rights In Using Humvees in ‘Call Of Duty’ Game
  3. Activision investigating after Modern Warfare update goes rogue on Xbox
  4. Nintendo issues cease-and-desist for Switch modchip installation service
  5. Nintendo Cryptically Points Out That Selling ‘Animal Crossing’ Assets For Real Money Violates ToS
  6. Rockstar stops hackers from spawning KKK members in Red Dead Online
  7. FDA approves game marketed as a treatment for ADHD: Prescription-only device is first game-based therapy the US agency has approved for any condition
  8. May I Have This Dance? Epic Games Prevails in Second Dance Emote Suit.
  9. Fortnite Defeats Another Lawsuit Over Emote Dance Moves–Brantley v. Epic Games (Eric Goldman)
  10. Duke Nukem and the Dangers of Acquired IP in Serial Game Development
  11. Gearbox sues 3D Realms for breach of Duke Nukem acquisition contract: After original Duke Nukem composer sues Gearbox over royalties, developer brings in original IP owner
  12. Manchester United sues Football Manager makers for trade mark infringement
  13. Developers remove games from Steam over Valve’s Black Lives Matter silence
  14. Riot Games exec Ron Johnson resigns following inflammatory George Floyd Facebook post: Johnson exercised “really poor judgement” says Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent
  15. Little Devil Inside dev apologizes for racist stereotypes shown in trailer
  16. “The industry hasn’t changed enough — not even close”: POC in Play’s Chella Ramanan and Adam Campbell on the industry’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the effort needed to make a lasting change
  17. Kowloon Nights launches $2m fund for projects by Black creators: Fairchild Initiative aims to empower Black-owned and led studios worldwide
  18. The itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality has surpassed its $5M goal
  19. Itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality finishes with $8.1m raised: Over 810,000 people purchased the bundle, which contained more than 1,700 games
  20. Humble Bundle launches Fight for Racial Justice bundle: 100% of proceeds will support NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Race Forward, and The Bail Project
  21. Humble’s huge ‘Fight for Racial Justice’ charity bundle has already raised over $1.3M
  22. Applications are open for Humble’s $1 million Black Game Developer Fund
  23. GDC renews commitments to supporting game developers in marginalized communities
  24. Square Enix apologises for “insensitive” Marvel’s Avengers tweet: “Now was not the appropriate time to share this content.”
  25. Tomb Raider and Deus Ex dev Eidos Montreal opens new R&D studio
  26. Square Enix announces new Eidos-Sherbrooke studio: The newly created R&D studio will be remote, with premises not due to open until early 2021
  27. The importance of diversity in games
  28. The chicanery of Penguin Cretins: Valve maintains its signature silence as wayward developers code-swap games on Steam, leaving users frustrated and confused
  29. UK government to call for evidence that loot boxes should be classed as gambling: DCMS confirms call will begin later this year, findings will be considered alongside a review of the Gambling Act
  30. The UK Government sets out its plan of action on immersive technologies (mostly video games)
  31. Capcom bans ex-EVO champion after racist tweet: Ryan “FChamp” Ramirez apologizes for “very insensitive” post, refuses to call it racist
  32. Xbox demands racist influencer team disassociate from its brand: Brazilian streamers XboxMilGrau has been banned on Twitch and YouTube, reportedly worked with Microsoft in the past
  33. Virtual concert company Wave nets $30 million to stage more interactive gigs
  34. Devs can now dig around in the source code for three games from Blendo Games
  35. Resident Evil becomes first Capcom franchise to surpass 100 million sales
  36. Neostream will change character designs using racist stereotypes: The developer was criticised following Little Devil Inside’s appearance at the PS5 reveal last week
  37. EA extends free Xbox Series X upgrade offer for Madden NFL 21 after player complaints: Publisher is not using Xbox’s Smart Delivery tech, but instead using its own ‘Dual Entitlement’ model
  38. Xbox expands on Smart Delivery, confirms game progress will carry forward
  39. PS5 will far outsell Xbox Series X, predicts analyst: Ampere’s Piers Harding-Rolls expects PS5 to sell 66 million sold by end of 2024, compared to 37 million for Series X
  40. Sony unveils PlayStation 5 design, but remains silent on price
  41. Spider-Man, Ratchet and Clank, Gran Turismo, and more are coming to PS5
  42. Sony finally reveals PlayStation 5 hardware—and a discless “Digital Edition”
  43. PlayStation 5’s reveal was all about continuity | Opinion: Laser-focused on game announcements, Sony’s unveiling was an hour-long promise to maintain the software strategy that has driven the PS4’s success
  44. Sony announces PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: Two versions of next-gen console shown alongside 26 upcoming games
  45. PS5 Digital Edition exists because “many consumers purchase solely digitally”: PlayStation boss says no news on price but platform holder is focused on “getting the value equation right”
  46. GTA Online is getting a standalone release on PlayStation 5
  47. Grand Theft Auto Online coming to PS5 for free in 2021: Standalone version of GTAV’s online game will be available as a free exclusive for three months
  48. Grand Theft Auto Online is a killer app for PlayStation 5 | Opinion: The deal between PlayStation and Rockstar has the potential to win over millions of fans for Sony’s next console
  49. Bethesda’s Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo will be timed PS5 exclusives – New games from Arkane and Tango Gameworks among a handful of console exclusives at PS5 reveal event
  50. The PlayStation 5 looks to be the biggest game console in decades
  51. Data suggests almost half of Xbox One users also own a PlayStation 4
  52. Google cuts Stadia Premiere Edition price from $130 to $100
  53. Google Stadia Premiere Edition gets a price cut: But it’s no longer offering three months of Stadia Pro for free
  54. Ubisoft’s next open-world game leaks as an unfinished prototype on Stadia
  55. The Evolution of Game Genres: NES, Gameboy, and SNES
  56. Playable Worlds raises $10 million to beef up cloud-based game tech
  57. For sale to good home: Warner Bros’ gaming division
  58. AT&T reportedly looking to sell Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment: Take-Two, EA, Activision Blizzard among potential buyers for potential $4 billion purchase of division
  59. Analyst says a WBIE deal could “set off a wave” of mergers, acquisitions: Stephens’ Jeff Cohen expects largest publishers will be looking to expand their line-ups going into the next generation
  60. Report: Fortnite maker Epic could sell stake at $17 billion valuation
  61. Epic reportedly worth $17 billion in new funding round: Bloomberg reports that the Fortnite firm is about to close a $750 million round
  62. Fortnite “The Device” event was capped at 12m players: But 8.4 million more watched live on Twitch and YouTube
  63. Latest Fortnite event attracts 12M in-game players, another 8.4M via streams
  64. Virtual concert firm Wave raises $30m in funding: Series B round will fund “in-game activations and social experiences at the nexus of gaming and entertainment”
  65. NPD: May US game sales jump 52% – Despite no new releases in the top 10, software sales up 67% as hardware grows 56% for strongest May numbers since 2008
  66. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe races back to pole position | UK Charts – Ring Fit Adventure holds firm at No.2
  67. Brawl Stars outpaces Clash Royale on Chinese App Store launch: Supercell’s new game also earned more in one week in China than on its global launch, according to Sensor Tower estimates
  68. NetEase teams up with Warner Bros for The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War
  69. New Zealand games industry shrunk 9% in 2019: Rebound expected as next gen console releases loom and subscription service revenue climbs
  70. The Last of Us Part 2 | Critical Consensus: Naughty Dog’s latest is a great achievement, but a sky-high Metacritic score masks discord among critics about its treatment of violence
  71. The Last of Us Part 2 review: A less confident, less focused sequel
  72. Studio 369 formed out of Rune 2 launch disaster
  73. Unity changes up its business model to prioritize long-term support services
  74. Playable Worlds lands $10m investment: Galaxy Interactive leads Series A funding for Raph Koster’s sandbox MMO company
  75. Ziggurat has acquired the BloodRayne franchise and other Majesco licenses
  76. Ziggurat Interactive acquires BloodRayne and other Majesco licenses: Retro publisher working with BloodRayne dev to revive franchise
  77. Facebook Gaming Snags TikTok Star Noen Eubanks For Exclusive Livestreaming Deal
  78. Facebook Gaming Expands Availability Of Key Monetization Tools, Readies New ‘Live Breaks’ Ad Format
  79. Twitch Looking To Give Creators More Control Over Clips After “Sudden Influx” Of Copyright Claims
  80. Twitch Faces the Music: A Sudden Influx of DMCA Takedown Notices Hits Twitch
  81. WWE Lawyers DMCA Tweet With Video Of Independent Wrestling Event, Probably Over A Hashtag That Promotes WWE
  82. Verizon Inks Three-Year Sponsorship Deal For Riot Games’ ‘League Of Legends’ Championships
  83. Luckbox closes $3.8m investment round: Esports betting platform prepares to go public after turnover increases 13 times since March
  84. Is Esports Betting Sports Betting in Iowa?
  85. Influencers and esports
  86. COVID-19 & Esports – Part 1 – The Economic and Industry Impact
  87. COVID-19 & Esports – Part 2 – The Socio-Cultural Context
  88. COVID-19 & Esports – Part 3 – Implications For the Future
  89. PlayStation 5 Will Support PSVR, Sony Affirms
  90. Armed and Gelatinous: Building an arcade cabinet that sticks – Rob Howland and Anthony Prusakowski on taking a goopy game jam title to the arcade, and why that approach might benefit indie developers
  91. Double Loop’s plans for relaxing mobile games are far from “casual”
  92. Talking Tiberium: Command & Conquer dev on LAN mode, going open source, and more
  93. Boomshakalaka: How the original NBA Jam caught fire through chaos
  94. Pokemon takes another stab at free-to-play with Pokemon Cafe Mix
  95. Pokemon Go dev Niantic delays plans to end support for 32-bit Android devices
  96. Pokemon Snap is being revived on the Nintendo Switch
  97. Over 21 years later, Pokémon Snap is coming back on Switch
  98. Dissecting the dual-genre design of Disintegration
  99. Don’t Miss: Creating the ‘hidden horror’ of Observer
  100. Don’t Miss: Making Insomniac’s Spider-Man do what a spider can
  101. Don’t Miss: What was it like programming Skyrim?
  102. Don’t Miss: The game is the boss – Housemarque’s Resogun postmortem7
  103. Blog: Starcom: Nexus postmortem, an indie dev journey
  104. Blog: Finding, choosing, and managing moderators
  105. Video: Golden rules for designing chatbot games
  106. Watch EA’s Jim Vessella discuss the remastering of Command & Conquer
  107. Niantic to promote 1,000 small businesses in Pokemon Go for free for a year: Players can nominate favorite local spots across US, Japan, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico
  108. An EVE Online mini-game is helping researchers better analyze COVID-19 data
  109. EVE Online’s latest citizen science project to help COVID-19 research: CCP Games has announced the third phase of its Project Discovery initiative
  110. U.S. Patent no. 10,322,346: Interactive collectible card games with defense and offence team formations
  111. U.S. Patent no. 10,322,351: Matchmaking system and method for multiplayer video games

DIGITAL

  1. Undress or fail: Instagram’s algorithm strong-arms users into showing skin
  2. Instagram Users: Post at Your Own Risk. Your Public Content May Be Legally Sublicensed
  3. Instagram To Review Its Policies, Algorithms For Any Bias Against Black Community
  4. Two SDNY Courts Post Opposite Conclusions on Instagram Fair Use
  5. Zoom cites Chinese law to defend censorship of human rights activists
  6. Amid pressure, Zoom will end-to-end encrypt all calls, free or paid
  7. Zoom & China: Never Forget That Content Moderation Requests From Government Involve Moral Questions
  8. Philippines Spits On Free Speech, Convicts Journalist Maria Ressa For Criminal ‘Cyber Libel’
  9. Amazon Senses US Isn’t Currently Receptive To Its Cop Tech, Puts Rekognition On Mothballs For A Year
  10. Internet Archive ends “emergency library” early to appease publishers
  11. Internet Archive Closing National Emergency Library Two Weeks Early, Due To Lawsuit, Despite How Useful It’s Been
  12. KleptoSettlement: Behavioral Advertising Data Collection in Kids’ Apps Leads to Avoidable FTC Fine
  13. Brokerage Account Formation Process Upheld–Valelly v. Merrill Lynch (Eric Goldman)
  14. Justice Department proposes major overhaul of Sec. 230 protections
  15. Per Section 230, Facebook Can Tell This Plaintiff To Piss Off–Fyk v. Facebook (Eric Goldman)
  16. Cybersecurity Experts Support Supreme Court Review of Enigma v. Malwarebytes Ruling on Section 230(c)(2)(B) (Eric Goldman)
  17. Ron Wyden Explains Why President Trump (And Many Others) Are Totally Wrong About Section 230
  18. Justice Department Releases Its Own Preposterous Recommendations On Updating Section 230
  19. Devin Nunes’ Lawyer Tells Judge To Ignore Section 230, Because Twitter Is Anti-Devin Nunes
  20. Senator Hawley’s Latest Dumb Anti-230 Plan Would Wipe Out The President’s Advantage On Facebook
  21. Senator Hawley’s Section 230 Reform Even Dumber Than We Expected; Would Launch A Ton Of Vexatious Lawsuits
  22. Trust & Safety Professional Association Launches: This Is Important
  23. eBay execs sent roaches and “bloody pig mask” to harass journalists, feds say
  24. eBay Execs Thought Sending Dead Pigs, Live Spiders To Small News Website Was A Good Idea
  25. Facebook Defends Not Censoring Political Ads – Looking at the Differences In Regulation of Political Speech on Different Communications Platforms
  26. Facebook to Allow Users to Block all Political Advertising
  27. Facebook Lets Users Turn Off Political Ads, Launches Voter Registration Campaign
  28. The Bureau targets privacy: Facebook Inc. to pay the Competition Bureau a $9M administrative monetary penalty for misleading representations
  29. Why one email app went to war with Apple—and why neither one is right
  30. EC opens antitrust probe into Apple Pay, Apple’s App Store
  31. The European Commission opens formal antitrust probes against Apple in relation to Apple Pay and the App Store
  32. The Antitrust Case Against Apple (Bapu Kotapati, Simon Mutungi, Melissa Newham, Jeff Schroeder, Melody Wang)
  33. A crackdown on illegal content – but at what cost? Debate around the EU’s online liability overhaul
  34. Disclosing networks of state-linked information operations we’ve removed (Twitter)
  35. Has Twitter just had its saddest fortnight ever?: A tool that quantifies global happiness on social media recorded an unprecedented dip in mood starting in May.
  36. Twitter Introduces Audio Tweets, Enabling Users To Share 140-Second Voice Missives
  37. No, Google Didn’t Demonetize The Federalist & It’s Not An Example Of Anti-Conservative Bias
  38. An investigation of Google’s ad personalisation: After 10 years using Google services, here’s what I learned about surveillance capitalism
  39. Google Updates Ad Targeting Policies to Help Prevent Discrimination
  40. New Google rule bans discriminatory targeting for housing ads
  41. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 6/15/2020
  42. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 6/15/2020
  43. YouTube Launches $100 Million, Multiyear Fund To Amplify Voices Of Black Creators
  44. ‘Dear Class Of 2020’ Becomes YouTube’s Most-Watched Live Original To Date, Raising $2 Million
  45. YouTube Pulls Creators’ AdSense Fundraisers, Citing Policy Violations—But Will Donate The Amount They Raised
  46. YouTube To Introduce Channel Customization, Rolls Out Algorithm-Generated ‘Creator Mixes’ For Each Viewer
  47. YouTube Rebrands Influencer Marketing Platform ‘FameBit’ To ‘BrandConnect’, Taps Google Vet Lori Sobel To Lead Unit
  48. Buzzy ‘Dad, How Do I?’ YouTube Channel Links With Lowe’s For Father’s Day Contest
  49. Linus from Linus Tech Tips looks back on YouTube comments and Internet fame
  50. OpenZFS removed offensive terminology from its code
  51. Lawsuit vs. Western Digital wants to end any use of SMR in NAS drives
  52. Collapse of Quadriga crypto exchange was a result of fraud, says OSC: With company bankrupt and founder dead, enforcement action ‘not practical’
  53. Machine-learning clusters in Azure hijacked to mine cryptocurrency
  54. Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Resigns From Board, As Company Agrees To Replace Him With Black Candidate
  55. Viral TikTok Satirist And Donald Trump Imitator Sarah Cooper Signs With WME
  56. National Security Threat: TikTok
  57. Cars, Guns, Cider, And Snapchat Don’t Cause Crime
  58. District of Columbia AG claims online lender violated usury statutes
  59. Cameo Adds New Product Tier, Enabling Fans To Chat With Celebrities On Zoom
  60. WarnerMedia Axes HBO Go, Rebrands HBO Now In Wake Of Max Launch
  61. Netflix Drops Somber Dave Chappelle Special ‘8:46’ On YouTube, Netting 3.4 Million Views In 24 Hours
  62. Quibi Predicted It Would Net 7 Million Year-One Subscribers. It’s On Track To Bring In Just 2 Million. (Report)
  63. Eyeing Living Rooms, Quibi Reportedly In Talks To Create Roku, Amazon Fire TV Apps
  64. Hulu is ending Hulu VR support for most (but not all) virtual reality headsets
  65. Hulu is Shutting Down Its VR App on Most Headsets Tomorrow
  66. Snap Taps Rickey Thompson, Denzel Dion For Original Docuseries; Re-Ups With Disney, ViacomCBS, More For ‘Discover’
  67. The Young Turks To Drop Non-Political Interview Series On Just-Launched Twitch Channel
  68. ‘Myth: A Frozen Tale’ is Disney Animation’s First Publicly Released VR Short Film, Now on Quest
  69. After Libra, Digital Yuan and COVID-19: Central Bank Digital Currencies and the New World of Money and Payment Systems (Douglas Arner, Ross Buckley, Dirk Zetzsche, Anton Didenko)

A.I.

  1. Why general artificial intelligence will not be realized (Ragnar Fjelland)
  2. Algo IP: Intellectual Property in AI Datasets, Insights and Outputs – the Growing Importance of Trade Secrets
  3. Deepfakes aren’t very good—nor are the tools to detect them
  4. Occupational Change, Artificial Intelligence And The Geography Of EU Labour Markets
  5. If the shoppers can’t come to the shops, let the shops come to them: can AI save our shops?
  6. Artificial Intelligence and Europe: Risks, Developments and Implications (Jacopo Scipione)
  7. The Chinese approach to artificial intelligence: an analysis of policy, ethics, and regulation
  8. Artificial Intelligence and WIPO
  9. Will Robots Replace Patent Examiners?
  10. Who’s a Bot? Who’s Not?: It sometimes seems that automated bots are taking over social media and driving human discourse. But some (real) researchers aren’t so sure.
  11. Can AI mitigate the climate crisis? Not really.
  12. Getting it right: Using consumer-facing AI tools wisely
  13. Don’t Miss: A look at the data-driven AI framework behind Destroy All Humans 2
  14. Boston Dynamics now sells a robot dog to the public, starting at $74,500

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. What the Federal Court of Appeal Anti-Spam Law Case Means for the Interpretation of CASL (Michael Geist)
  2. US Falls Out Of Top 10 Fastest Broadband Speeds
  3. Another 5G Infrastructure Win for the Wireless Industry
  4. Senators Wyden And Markey Make It Clear AT&T Is Violating Net Neutrality
  5. AT&T’s “headcount rationalization”—i.e. job cuts—hits thousands more workers
  6. U.S. Commerce Department Revises Export Controls on Huawei, Permits Some Sharing of Export Controlled Technology in Setting Standards for 5G and Other Technology
  7. FCC Republican has “deep reservations” about Trump’s social media crackdown
  8. FCC Adopts Declaratory Ruling and Starts Rulemaking on ATSC 3.0 TV Datacasting Issues – the Broadcast Internet
  9. FCC proposes $225m fine for spoofed robocalls and state AGs follow suit
  10. FCC has “serious doubts” that SpaceX can deliver latencies under 100ms
  11. FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment Makes Statement on Civil Rights Demonstrations and the Racial Divide
  12. FCC Reaches $5 Million Settlement with magicJack
  13. FCC Proposes Largest Fine in Its History for Telemarketing Violations
  14. T-Mobile Merger ‘Synergies’ Culminate In Massive 12 Hour Nationwide Outage
  15. The DOJ’s Plan To ‘Fix’ The T-Mobile Merger Is Already A Hot Mess
  16. T-Mobile’s outage yesterday was so big that even Ajit Pai is mad
  17. Platform Mergers: Lessons from a Case in the Digital TV Market (Mark Ivaldi, Jiekai Zhang)

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Apple, SOCAN highlights changing role of Copyright Board, says IP professor Ariel Katz
  2. Federal Court of Appeal Issues Two Decisions on the Copyright Act’s “Making Available” Right
  3. I’m So Tired: IP Rights Exhaustion
  4. SA Music LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc.: Court dismisses copyright claims, holding distribution of work through digital music store requires transfer or download of file containing copyright work from one computer to another.
  5. A co-hop-yright clash
  6. Wheely good news for product designers?
  7. Brompton Bicycle – far from folded
  8. Riding copyright in the right direction?
  9. I want to Ride my (Brompton Folding) Bicycle
  10. CJEU confirms that original functional shapes may obtain copyright protection
  11. The CJEU confirms copyright can subsist in functional shapes provided they are original
  12. CJEU rules that functional shapes are eligible for copyright protection, in so far as they are original works
  13. CJEU on eligibility of functional shape under Copyright Law
  14. Can copyright protect technical products? Brompton provides some answers
  15. The Brompton Bicycle – the collapsible bike with a collapsing monopoly?
  16. WIPO brings ‘poor man’s copyright’ into digital age
  17. Copyright protection for Brompton’s folding bicycle? CJEU gives green light to the possibility across Europe
  18. Karen Hepp v. Facebook, Inc.: Dismisses news anchor’s right of publicity claims against Facebook & others, holding exception to safe harbor based on “any law pertaining to intellectual property” does not apply.
  19. Do You Like The Creepy Dolls Horror Subgenre?
  20. Pablo Star Ltd. v. The Welsh Government: Court rejects Welsh government’s motion to dismiss on sovereign immunity grounds finding use of photographs in tourism ads is commercial activity without immunity.
  21. Social media influencers beware: Street art is protected by copyright
  22. Inaccuracies in copyright registration doom fabric designer’s big jury verdict against H&M
  23. Stop Asking Marvel To Keep Cops From Wearing Masks With ‘The Punisher’ Skull On It
  24. Toys “R” Us Successful in Depreciation of Goodwill Claim Against “Herbs R Us”
  25. Canada: Protective Orders in Trademark Cases
  26. Netflix Trumps US Armed Forces in Space Race
  27. Booking.com: Does a dot.com make a brand name distinctive?
  28. Yes, your product is incredible, but should you call it that?
  29. The Kimono controversy: a matter of cultural awareness and risk management
  30. Dissecting SkyKick
  31. Supreme Court Suggests Claim Preclusion May Be Less Relevant to Trademark Cases and Questions Its Applicability to a Defense Rather than a Claim
  32. A trademark tasting session to celebrate World Gin Day
  33. Time to Brighton up that brand portfolio?
  34. Trade marks: Don’t register them “purely as a legal weapon”
  35. The Scent of a Crayon: Unique Complications with Scent and Other Non-Traditional Trademarks in Canada
  36. 3M Continues to Use Lanham Act to Combat Nefarious Use of 3M Mark for N-95 Masks
  37. Flag Day Greetings
  38. My Big Fat Greek Lawsuits
  39. Ninth Circuit Closes Lips on Confusion Claims Against Pucker Vodka
  40. Flying on Red Bull’s wings
  41. UK High Court issues latest decision in MERCK trademark saga
  42. L’Oreal Appeals $66 Million Trade Secret Judgment
  43. UK based .eu domain name owners beware – Brexit is coming
  44. Southern District Of New York Grants Motion To Dismiss Patent And Trade Secret Claims, Finding Patents Ineligible Under Section 101 And That Trade Secret Claim Failed To Identify A Protectable Secret
  45. Follow the Rules! Recent Changes to Canada’s Patent Procedures
  46. PTAB Designates As Informative a Decision Instituting Post-Grant Review for a Design Patent Lacking Ornamentality
  47. Federal Circuit Affirms Rule 12(b)(6) Dismissal Because the Patent Was Directed to the Patent-Ineligible Abstract Idea of Teaching a User to Play the Guitar
  48. Encrypting/decrypting audio data with reduced latency: technical
  49. PTAB Decision on Functional Language for a Camera Claim Limitation
  50. Efficient use of search tools for prior art and patent searching

PRIVACY

  1. B.C. woman finds photos, videos of herself for sale online. And it’s legal
  2. High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach (Andrew Ferguson)
  3. Quebec Introduces New Amendments to Its Privacy Regimes
  4. Congressional Reps Demand Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Stop Surveilling Protesters
  5. Tradeoffs: Facebook Helping The FBI Hack Tails To Track Down A Truly Awful Child Predator Raises Many Questions
  6. UPnP flaw exposes millions of network devices to attacks over the Internet
  7. Knoxville shuts down parts of its network after being hit by ransomware
  8. Intel will soon bake anti-malware defenses directly into its CPUs
  9. More than 7 in 10 Americans won’t use contact-tracing apps, data shows
  10. Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds
  11. Tracking Kids Through Your App? Think Again.
  12. Data Sharing Without Borders: New ‘landmark’ US-UK data sharing agreement.
  13. Data protection, gaming affiliates, & direct marketing – processor or controller?
  14. Highest German Court Rules on Cookie Consent (Planet49)
  15. Can You Build A Privacy Law That Doesn’t Create Privacy Trolls?
  16. A tale of two cybers – how threat reporting by cybersecurity firms systematically underrepresents threats to civil society (Lennart Maschmeyer, Ronald Deibert, Jon Lindsay)
  17. Own Data? Ethical Reflections on Data Ownership (Patrik Hummel, Matthias Braun, Peter Dabrock)

CREATIVITY   

  1. Appeals Court Again Says That The White House Can’t Just Remove A Press Pass Because It Didn’t Like A Reporter Mocking Seb Gorka
  2. The First Amendment Protects Radio Hosts Covering Online Attacks Against A Sports Referee
  3. Trump Campaign Is So Pathetic It Claims CNN Poll Is Defamatory; Demands Retraction
  4. Legally Bombed: Reese Witherspoon’s Clothing Company Earns Failing Grade on ‘Free Dress’ Giveaway
  5. Stolen Banksy mural rediscovered in Italian farmhouse
  6. Is it Misleading to Name a Product “Potato Skins Snacks” When the Product Isn’t Made From Potato Skins?
  7. Retrial Ordered in Libel Case Concerning UK Polish-Language Newspaper

Jon

News of the Week; June 10, 2020

GAMES

  1. Ubisoft Alleges Rainbow Six Siege Infringement by Ejoy.com
  2. Sony fined $3.5 million for issuing ‘misleading’ refund advice to PlayStation users
  3. Investors argue against excessive pay package for Activision CEO
  4. Activision Blizzard shareholders upset over CEO Bobby Kotick’s compensation: Publisher defends Kotick’s pay despite his “apparent failure” to meet performance targets
  5. UK government calls for more evidence in ongoing loot box debate 
  6. UK could class loot boxes as gambling to protect children: Ministers call for evidence on video games such as Fifa that charge money for rewards
  7. Government Response to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Report on Immersive and Addictive Technologies (U.K. Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
  8. Escape from Tarkov dev Battlestate will clamp down on real world trading
  9. Brantley v. Epic Games, Inc.: Trademark & related claims targeting use of “Running Man” dance move in Fortnite dismissed; claims pre-empted by Copyright Act & failure to allege protectable trademark.
  10. Riot exec resigns after blaming George Floyd’s death on his lifestyle
  11. Riot Games exec placed on leave for Facebook post blaming George Floyd’s death on “criminal lifestyle”: “The sentiment…is…counter to our belief that addressing systemic racism requires immediate societal change”
  12. Riot pledges $10 million to create pathways for minority-led studios
  13. Itchio’s Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality has raised $2.4M with one week left to go
  14. Canadian publisher Klei donates $1 million to Black Lives Matter charities
  15. EA Sports pledges to up efforts to fight toxic behavior in its games: Publisher promises increased resources, in-game tools, better filters amid global protests against racism and police brutality
  16. Games industry donates to Black Lives Matter and more to support US protests
  17. Neil Druckmann: The Last of Us Part 2 will “normalise stuff that is normal” – Naughty Dog director reacts to leaks, says people who will “benefit most from this story are the ones yelling the loudest”
  18. Naughty Dog ramps up accessibility options for The Last of Us Part II
  19. Red Candle Games’ Devotion is getting a relaunch (in Taiwan)
  20. Devotion gets a physical release in Taiwan: Red Candle Games’ horror title returns in limited capacity after developer pulled it from Steam last year
  21. Guinness World Records People Accidentally Claiming Copyright On Tons Of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Speedruns
  22. Sky Sports working with FIFA devs to artificially fill Premier League stadiums
  23. EA Access inches closer to Steam launch as more EA games go up for sale
  24. Epic Games Store scores next Total War game as exclusive: A Total War Saga Troy will only be available through Epic for the first year, will be free for the first 24 hours
  25. Ahead of PS5 showcase, Microsoft confirms Hellblade II will run on Unreal 5
  26. Nintendo claims 300K accounts have been hacked after NNID security breach
  27. Hacks Are Always Worse Than Reported: Nintendo’s Breached Accounts Magically Double
  28. From Zelda to Civ to Frostpunk—can climate change be fun?
  29. Online sales up 517% at GameStop, though overall sales are still on a decline
  30. GAME re-opening stores on June 15: All stores in England and North Ireland will open doors next Monday, but Belong Arenas remain closed
  31. UK retailer Game will isolate trade-in stock for three days to stop COVID-19
  32. My.Games offers 90/10 revenue split to devs that promote its store: All other studios will get 70/30 as company seeks to reward those that bring new users to its marketplace
  33. Cyberpunk 2077 will come to Stadia after console, PC launch
  34. Sony’s Back Button Attachment is finally back in stock, so here’s our review
  35. Despite 100GB video games, average download times are decreasing
  36. How Sega hopes to use Japanese arcades as streaming data centers
  37. Outer Worlds on Switch: A monumental, messy conversion on weak hardware
  38. Command & Conquer Remastered Collection review: Loving the smell of Tiberium
  39. Bungie will cycle out content to keep Destiny 2 fresh well into next-gen
  40. Destiny 3 may never exist—to that end, the series will wipe older campaign content
  41. Mobile publisher Playrix acquires Croatian game studio Cateia Games
  42. Playrix acquires Croatian PC developer Cateia Games
  43. Kalypso Media has acquired Port Royale developer Gaming Mind Studios
  44. Australian games industry valued at $3.6b in 2019: Software, hardware, and accessories sales were down, but subscription revenue rose 28% year-over-year
  45. Guilty Gear dev Arc System Works opens new division to expand globally
  46. Arc System Works to expand international business with new division: Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari becomes chief creative officer as part of broad restructuring
  47. Unity report shows massive spike in video game business due to COVID-19
  48. Unity: Fine-tuning solutions to gaming’s “massive content problem” – Brett Bibby on helping developers to meet a 100x increase in game content, and Unity’s solutions to the spread of remote working
  49. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has sold over 1 million copies worldwide
  50. Chinese game company NetEase has opened a new studio in Japan
  51. Tinybuild: Indie publishers must move beyond “transactional relationships”
  52. You have five seconds: Why you need strong visual design in your indie game: Skelattack’s creator David Stanley on why first impressions are everything, plus art tips so your assets stand out
  53. YouTube Pacts With Geoff Keighley For Exclusive ‘Summer Game Fest’ Programming
  54. The Esports Boom: A Temporary ‘Sports Fix’ or in a League of Its Own?
  55. Boom.tv raises $10m in Series A funding: Bitkraft leads investment round to support Code Red ProAm series, esports entertainment platform
  56. I choose you: Pokémon Draft League brings pro sports excitement to the game
  57. FaZe Clan To Release Movie Slate Beginning This Year In Pact With ‘Invisible Narratives’
  58. SimRefinery, a long lost training simuator from Maxis, has been recovered
  59. A lost Maxis “Sim” game has been discovered by an Ars reader [Updated]
  60. Deep Dive: Designing the Super Mario Maker-inspired I Wanna Maker
  61. Video: Harmonizing the creative and business goals of Dead by Daylight
  62. Video: Designing Headliner to teach players about media manipulation
  63. Video: Designing Mortal Kombat 11’s empowering tutorial mode
  64. Don’t Miss: Big Huge Games’ postmortem of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  65. Don’t Miss: A postmortem of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
  66. Don’t Miss: Making Oxenfree’s narrative unfold like a free-flowing conversation
  67. Don’t Miss: What went right (and wrong) during the development of Persona 4
  68. Don’t Miss: As traffic hits all-time high, Jackbox adjusting to dev’ing from home
  69. Blog: Steam’s wishlist conversions – how hot are yours?
  70. Blog: Understanding open world level design – Part 5
  71. Blog: Moving on stairs in a 2D side-scroller
  72. Blog: Some thoughts about research and upgrades in RTS games
  73. Blog: Making a SNES game in 2020

DIGITAL

  1. CDT First Out The Gate In Suing To Block Donald Trump’s Silly Executive Order On Section 230
  2. Think Of The Kitten: A Crash Course On Section 230
  3. Twitter Taking Down Trump Campaign Video Over Questionable Copyright Claim Demonstrates Why Trump Should Support Section 230
  4. Senators Rubio, Hawley, Loeffler And Cramer Ask The FCC To Reinterpret Section 230 In A Totally Ridiculous Manner
  5. Looking at the President’s Executive Order on Online Media – Part 2, What Real Risk Does It Pose for Media Companies?
  6. The President Goes on the Offensive Against Social Media Platforms
  7. My Galley by CJR Interview on Trump’s Anti-Section 230 Executive Order (Eric Goldman)
  8. Section 230 Ends Demonetized YouTuber’s Lawsuit–Lewis v. Google (Eric Goldman)
  9. Section 230 Applies to Publicity Rights Claim–Hepp v. Facebook (Eric Goldman)
  10. What is a “True Threat” Online?–In re. R.D. (Eric Goldman)
  11. #ShareTheMicNow Campaign Seeks To Magnify The Voices Of Black Women On Instagram
  12. Former NFL Player Emmanuel Acho Launches Viral ‘Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man’ Series
  13. Facebook Shareholders The Latest Group To Ask Facebook To Drop Its Encryption Plans
  14. Coming This Summer: Facebook Will Begin Blocking Advertisements From State-Controlled Media Entities In The United States
  15. The Internet’s most important—and misunderstood—law, explained
  16. Apple is now worth 1.5 trillion dollars
  17. Norway Supreme Court Signs Off On Apple’s Harassment Of An Independent Repair Shop
  18. Instagram just threw users of its embedding API under the bus
  19. IBM asks Congress for police reform, leaves facial recognition business
  20. “Culture of workplace fear” leads to COVID-19 spread at Amazon, suit says
  21. Online content sharing – pay to play?
  22. Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Film App ‘Whatifi’ Launches With $10 Million In Venture Funding
  23. YouTube Provides Rare, Robust Window Into Monetization Guidelines For Creators
  24. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 6/08/2020
  25. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 6/01/2020
  26. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 6/08/2020
  27. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 6/01/2020
  28. U.S. Kids Spend 86 Minutes Per Day Watching YouTube Videos—And 82 Minutes Watching TikTok (Study)
  29. Despite National Security Concerns, This Congressman Has Launched A Quippy TikTok Account
  30. Don Henley Tells Senators: We Must Change Copyright Law… Because The People Like TikTok?
  31. Jake Paul Charged With Criminal Trespass And Unlawful Assembly After Denying Looting At Arizona Mall
  32. Instagram and Embedding Photos – An Update and a Bombshell (?) from Instagram
  33. New CAP/CMA Guidance: #Ad(vice) for Influencers
  34. Influencer marketing and obvious brand references
  35. The Playlist: DLA Piper’s music law updates
  36. Google Meet takes on Zoom with AI-powered noise cancellation
  37. Zoom defenders cite legit reasons to not end-to-end encrypt free calls

A.I.

  1. Algo IP: Intellectual Property in Algorithms, Computer Generated Works and Computer Implemented Inventions
  2. Protecting AI inventions
  3. Artificial Intelligence Systems and IP
  4. What if HAL could have IP rights? WIPO joins the conversation on AI and IP
  5. This bot hunts software bugs for the Pentagon
  6. Balancing the stealth AI in Splinter Cell: Blacklist

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. CASL is Constitutional: Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (Michael Geist)
  2. No Opinions Permitted: Broadcast Panel Rules Jokingly Criticizing Canadian Content During Radio News Segment Violates Code of Ethics (Michael Geist)
  3. Verizon Appeals NAD Decision Regarding 5G Claims
  4. 5G Conspiracy Idiots Now Threatening Telecom Workers That Don’t Even Work In Wireless
  5. Cox slows Internet speeds in entire neighborhoods to punish any heavy users
  6. Major ISP Cox Begins Throttling Entire Neighborhoods for ‘Excessive Usage’
  7. Small ISP cancels data caps permanently after reviewing pandemic usage
  8. Cable Customers Have Paid $3.5 Billion For Sports They Can’t Watch
  9. Ajit Pai caves to SpaceX but is still skeptical of Musk’s latency claims
  10. FCC failed to monitor Chinese telecoms for almost 20 years: Senate report
  11. FCC Delays Law Banning Your ISP From Charging You ‘Rental Fees’ For Hardware You Already Own

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Entertainment Software Assoc. v. Society Composers, (2020 FCA 100)
  2. CMRRA-SODRAC Inc. v. Apple Canada Inc., (2020 FCA 101)
  3. Read All About It: SDNY Rejects Newsweek’s Defenses Over Embedded Content Copyright Claims
  4. Brown v. Netflix Inc.: Use of eight seconds of children’s song “Fish Sticks n’ Tater Tots” in documentary film depicting burlesque dancer in “reverse mermaid” costume was held to be transformative fair use
  5. Major Publishers Sue The Internet Archive’s Digital Library Program In The Midst Of A Pandemic
  6. After Taming Open Access, Academic Publishing Giants Now Seek To Assimilate The World Of Preprints
  7. The Federal Court of Appeal Makes its Making Available Judgment Available: It’s Not Just About “The Vibe”
  8. Access Copyright v. York University – Some Thoughts on the Federal Court of Appeal’s Judgment (Howard Knopf)
  9. Judge Orders Down ‘N Out Burger Joint To Hand Over All Signage To In-N-Out, Which Has Almost No Presence In Australia
  10. Unauthorized Photographs: The Rights Of The People We Capture
  11. With website blocking and international treaties, copyright law evolves with the digital domain
  12. Copyright: Works of artistic craftsmanship and Cofemel
  13. No, California Law Review, Food Plating Does Not Deserve Copyright Protection
  14. Is 3D printing a threat to the value of IP portfolios?
  15. Making the best of a bad situation – Canadian trademark trends in a time of change
  16. Trademarks: Specifications and bad faith
  17. Supreme Court Helps Trademark Owners: Proof of “Willfulness” Is Not Required To Recover Infringer’s Profits
  18. Baskin in glory: the Tiger King loses zoo to rival in trade mark battle
  19. Trump Campaign Gets Parody Cartoon Taken Down Off Redbubble Over Trademark Claim On MAGA Hats
  20. Infringement Action Under PM(NOC) Regulations Cannot Become Moot
  21. Traditionally bred plants and animals are no longer patent eligible at the European Patent Office – what is still protectable?
  22. Impact of COVID-19 on patent ecosystem
  23. Design Patent Protection for Fashion
  24. Joint Ownership of Patents: It Is Not Always Nice to Share
  25. A Non-Precedential Case Study: Federal Circuit Says District Court Did Not Clearly Err in Holding Dosing Patent Invalid Based on Obviousness and Obviousness Type Double Patenting

PRIVACY

  1. FTC settles with children app developer for COPPA violations
  2. Iran- and China-backed phishers try to hook the Trump and Biden campaigns
  3. DEA Wants In On The Fun, Asks DOJ To Give It Permission To Surveil George Floyd Protests
  4. Senator wants to know if police are using Clearview to ID protesters
  5. Chicago Mayor Says City’s Police Officers Will Be ‘Stripped Of Their Powers’ If They Turn Off Their Cameras
  6. Hackers for hire targeted hundreds of institutions, says report
  7. Schools turn to surveillance tech to prevent COVID-19 spread
  8. Plundering of crypto keys from ultrasecure SGX sends Intel scrambling again
  9. Investigation Shows Governor’s Claims That Democrats Tried To Hack The Georgia Election Were B.S.
  10. Researchers say online voting tech used in 5 states is fatally flawed
  11. Study Shows Major E-Voting System Open To Numerous Hacking Attacks
  12. Carnegie Mellon Researchers Design ‘Nutrition Label’ For The Internet Of Broken Things

CREATIVITY   

  1. Fox News Is a Flaming Pile of Garbage, But You Can’t Sue Them for That–WASHLITE v. Fox News (Eric Goldman)
  2. #NoRightsMatter: US Postal Service, Law Enforcement Team Up To Seize ‘Black Lives Matter’ Facemasks
  3. Sheriff Goes All In On Violating The First Amendment After Assaulting A Protester For Carrying A ‘F*CK TRUMP’ Sign
  4. Adam Rapoport: Bon Appetit editor resigns over ‘racist culture’
  5. Staff Of Bon Appétit Apologized For Being Complicit In Racism: “The deeply offensive photo circulating of Adam is horrific on its own, but also speaks to the much broader and longstanding impact of racism at these brands.”
  6. New Report Details Pervasive Culture of Racism at Bon Appétit: ‘Nowhere Have I Ever Felt More Isolated’: Business Insider report describes “toxic” workplace in which people of color are regularly sidelined & paid less
  7. If The NY Times Doesn’t Publish My OpEd On Why James Bennet Is An Incompetent Dweeb, It Must Hate Free Speech
  8. No, The Resignation Of NYT Editor James Bennet Does Not Mean American Newsrooms Have ‘Turned Into College Campuses’
  9. Big Little Material Omissions: Reese Witherspoon and Draper James Subject of Class Action Lawsuit
  10. Guelph Treasure Heirs Respond to U.S. Brief that Argued Nazi Art Theft Was a Domestic Affair
  11. The F-word’s hidden superpower: Repeating it can increase your pain threshold
  12. Electric race cars and human drama on display in And We Go Green

Black Lives Matter Online Virtual Issue of the Information, Communication & Society Journal (“iCS”)

Like millions of other academics and citizens worldwide the senior editorial team of the iCS Journal were shocked and appalled by the brutal killing of George Floyd as yet another example of the unrelenting and deep-seated racism in our societies. iCS like many other journals has always sought to publish and disseminate research findings that address questions of race, ethnicity and discrimination in order to expose such injustices. It is of course no surprise that the discrimination found in everyday life is sadly replicated online and through social media. Following the suggestion of one of their Editorial Team, Victor Avila Torres, they have selected the following published articles dealing with online racism, discrimination and discursive oppression for wider circulation. In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign these are now freely available to download and share.

Anastasia Kanjere (2018) Defending Race Privileges on the Internet: How witness uses innocence discourse online
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2018.1477972?src=recsys&

Jen Schradie (2012) The Trend of Class, Race and Ethnicity in Social Media Inequality
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2012.665939

Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández (2017) Platformed Racism: the mediation and circulation of an Australian race-based controversy on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2017.1293130

Summer Harlow and Anna Benbrook (2017) How #Blacklivesmatter: Exploring the role of hip-hop celebrities in constructing racial identity on Black Twitter
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2017.1386705

Andre Brock, Lynette Kvasny and Kayla Hales (2010) Cultural Appropriations of Technical Capital: Black women, weblogs and digital divide
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2010.498897

Kishonna L. Gray (2012) Intersecting Oppressions and Online Communities: Examining the experiences of women of color on Xbox Live
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2011.642401

Apryl Williams and Vanessa Gonlin (2017) I Got All My Sisters With Me (On Black Twitter): Second screening of ‘How to get away with murder’ as a discourse on black womanhood
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2017.1303077

Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert and Christopher Anderson (2016) The Mobile Internet and Digital Citizenship in African-American and Latino Communities
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2016.1243142

Deborah Gabriel (2016) Blogging while Black, British and Female: a critical study on discursive activism
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2016.1146784

Seeta Pena Gangadharan and Jedrzej Niklas (2019) Decentering Technology in Discourse on Discrimination
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2019.1593484

Correa, T. and Jeong, S.H. (2010) Race and Online Content Creation: Why minorities are actively participating in the Web
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2010.514355

Kanjere, A. (2018) Defending race privilege on the Internet: how whiteness uses innocence discourse online
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2018.1477972

Lu. J.H., and Steele, C.K. (2019) ‘Joy as resistance’: cross-platform resilience and (re)invention of Black oral culture online
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2019.1575449

Book Reviews:

Yan Wang (2018) Constructing Digital Cultures: Tweets, trends, race and gender by Judith E. Rosenbaum
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2018.1550098?src=recsys

Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius (2019) Algorithms of Oppression: How search engines reinforce racism by Safya Umoja Noble
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2019.1593485?af=R

Jon

News of the Week; June 3, 2020

GAMES

  1. Keepin’ It Real: Courts Recognize the Legitimate Goal of Video Game Makers
  2. Something on Which Even Patent Litigators Can Agree: McRO v. Bandai, Inc. Clarifies the Framework for Enablement Challenges and for Enablement Defenses
  3. EB Games Australia admits to misleading customers over Fallout 76 refunds
  4. EB Games offers refunds for Fallout 76: Retailer admits to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission it likely misled customers over their rights
  5. Games industry speaks out in support of black communities amid violence in US: Microsoft, Sony, and Riot Games among those advocating for the unheard as riots and police brutality rock US cities
  6. Humble is putting $1 million toward publishing games from Black game devs
  7. Game companies delay events, make donations amid police brutality protests
  8. Infinity Ward pledges to “do more” to moderate racist content in its games: Call of Duty developer to add more resources to block hateful content following week of protests, police violence
  9. Gaming’s lost boys embrace their inner censor | Opinion: The Last of Us 2 attracts reactionary fury for depicting diversity — and the erstwhile free speech warriors now find themselves cheering for government censorship
  10. The Outer Worlds writing team honored with Nebula Award 
  11. GWU Seattle calls for removal of GWU International member over ‘exclusionary behavior’
  12. The Last of Us Pt. 2 hands-on: You can’t pet the dog—but you can expect terror
  13. Denuvo security software removed from Doom Eternal and Metro Exodus: Despite speculation, removal of Anti-Cheat and Anti-Tamper was not in response to performance issues
  14. Denuvo’s Anti-Cheat Software Now Getting Ripped From Games At Record Speed Too
  15. CS:GO tournament victors banned for cheating: Eagle-eyed viewers catch cheaters after technical issue left flaw in tournament’s anti-cheat measures
  16. The unexpected and creative ways devs are dealing with remote work
  17. Sony delays June PS5 event ‘to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard’
  18. PlayStation 5 games to be revealed on June 4th: Over an hour of new games to be shown next week
  19. Sony’s Jim Ryan: “We are going to launch PS5 this holiday and we’re going to launch globally”: PlayStation on how COVID-19 has (and hasn’t) changed its launch plans for its next console
  20. Sony says after July 13th, new PS4 games must be PS5 compatible
  21. New PS4 games must also run on PlayStation 5 from July, Sony tells devs: Updates to existing games “strongly recommended” to add compatibility.
  22. Sony requires PS5 compatibility for all future PS4 releases: Games submitted for certification after July 13 must be playable on upcoming console
  23. Xbox Series X will add HDR support to backwards compatible titles
  24. Xbox Series X backward compatibility will add HDR, 120 fps support to older games: Thousands of games will be supported on the next-gen Xbox
  25. Phil Spencer says Xbox Series X on track for worldwide launch this holiday: Xbox boss discusses plans upcoming next-gen console on former Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime’s podcast
  26. Double Fine winding down Presents publishing label following Microsoft purchase
  27. Google’s “overpromising” led to Stadia “disappointment,” says RDR2 publisher: If you’re paying $60 for a game, “are you really unwilling to buy a $300 console?”
  28. Sega reveals Game Gear Micro: Miniature retro handheld confirmed for October Japan launch in four colors, each with a different selection of four games
  29. Sega’s tiny Game Gear Micro is 92% smaller than the original
  30. 30 years later, a lost Days of Thunder NES game recovered from 21 floppy disks
  31. Codemasters secures FIA World Rally Championship license from 2023
  32. Codemasters to create games based on the World Rally Championship: Racing game specialist signs five-year licensing deal
  33. Professional Race Car Driver Hires Expert Gamer To Race His Video Game Car
  34. EA renews Madden NFL license through 2026
  35. EA renews NFL, NFLPA deal: Multi-year agreement ensures Madden NFL will continue to be the only simulation title with the licenses of the league and its players association
  36. EA maintains exclusive Madden NFL license in multiyear renewal: NFL, NFLPA extend long-term deals for simulation football video games
  37. If GTA5 keeps selling, would Take-Two wait to launch GTA6?: CEO Strauss Zelnick responds to concerns of the publisher cannibalizing its own successes
  38. Take-Two tried to poach entire Kerbal 2 dev team as it cancelled deal with their studio
  39. Star Theory reportedly shutters after Take-Two takes over Kerbal Space Program 2: Lack of other projects and GDC’s cancellation force studio to close in March
  40. NetEase to open secondary listing on Hong Kong stock exchange: New listing approved, Chinese publisher reportedly hopes to raise $3 billion
  41. Rovio acquires (and rebrands) Darkfire Heroes dev Darkfire Games
  42. Zynga acquires mobile gaming company Peak for $1.8 billion
  43. Zynga acquires Toon Blast and Toy Blast developer Peak for $1.8 billion
  44. Zynga to acquire Toon Blast developer for $1.8bn: Acquisition of Peak Games expected to increase Zynga’s global audience by 60%
  45. African mobile game publisher Carry1st secures $2.5 million to expand operations
  46. CD Projekt starts 2020 off with a record Q1 as The Witcher series continues its reign
  47. The Witcher franchise has crossed 50 million sales
  48. The Witcher series surpasses 50m units sold: That’s up from 40 million around the same time last year
  49. Mobile gaming sees record weekly downloads amid COVID-19 lockdown: Average weekly installs reached 1.2 billion as downloads increase by 35% from January to March 4
  50. David Braben: “Physical games will go away in two to three years” – Frontier CEO says investors see games industry as a “safe haven” during recession at today’s Investment Summit Online
  51. Game discoverability and the Nintendo Switch: What’s selling?
  52. UK boxed games market delivers strongest April in five years: Latest GfK figures show PS4, Xbox One and Switch sales up 48% for the first four months of 2020
  53. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition takes No.1 | UK Charts: PlayStation 4 sale shakes up the top 40
  54. Creative Assembly launching Total War Saga: Troy for free on the Epic Games Store
  55. Sweeney: EGS free game promos boost a game’s Steam and console sales too
  56. Steam Cloud Play beta lets developers enable GeForce Now integration
  57. Nvidia launches opt-in process for GeForce Now: Hardware manufacturer responds after multiple game companies pulled their catalogues from its streaming service
  58. Roblox’s continuing construction of a social, creative space: Matthew Curtis talks about prioritising better monetization, discoverability, and technology for the platform’s creators
  59. Avakin Life reaches 1.4m daily active users: Online virtual world and social app now has 200 million registered users since 2013 launch
  60. Life is Strange developer Dontnod opens new studio in Canada
  61. Dontnod Entertainment opens new Canadian studio: Life is Strange developer alludes to new projects at its first international studio
  62. Just Cause developer Avalanche is opening a new UK studio 
  63. Avalanche opens new UK studio: New Liverpool-based developer expected to house 50 staff by 2022
  64. Paradox to sign collective bargaining agreement with Swedish labor unions
  65. Paradox opens studio in Barcelona to focus on grand strategy development
  66. Paradox opening Barcelona studio: Europa Universalis designer Johan Andersson will lead Paradox Tinto efforts on grand strategy games
  67. Lego Ventures: Fortnite is the “first credible metaverse”
  68. Bandai Namco cancels support for physical 2020 World Tour events: COVID-19 pushes Tekken, Soulcalibur, and Dragon Ball FighterZ tournaments to digital venues
  69. One Month After the ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Surge, VR Usage on Steam Remains at Record High
  70. Magic Leap Founder Rony Abovitz to Step Down as CEO
  71. Magic Leap CEO Ronny Abovitz to step down: Abovitz will continue as CEO until a replacement is found, and remain on the board after the transition
  72. HTC co-founder reveals new VR headset and social platform: Priced at $599, Mova headset offers hand-tracking and 5G while social platform Manova makes big promises
  73. VGDC: Brandon Sheffield’s ‘All Time Greats’ article/video picks
  74. Q&A: Storytelling through erasure in the astonishingly unique If Found
  75. Video: Achieving high-quality game VFX on mobile devices
  76. Video: Building intrinsically motivated teams via self-determination theory
  77. Don’t Miss: Inside the narrative design of Star Wars Battlefront 2
  78. Don’t Miss: A look back on the usefulness of video game manuals
  79. Don’t Miss: Creator Alexey Pajitnov on the past, present, and future of Tetris
  80. Blog: Lessons from the history of mobile 4X strategy
  81. Blog: Understanding open world level design – Part 2
  82. Blog: Understanding open world level design – Part 3
  83. Blog: Understanding open world level design – Part 4
  84. Blog: A level design breakdown of the Ghost of Tsushima trailer
  85. Blog: Can Amazon’s first big-budget game succeed as a slow-burner?
  86. Obituary: Darklands creator Arnold Hendrick
  87. Control, Sayonara Wild Hearts lead winners of 2020 Nordic Game Awards
  88. U.S. Patent no. 10,322,336: Haptic braille output for a game controller

DIGITAL

  1. Russian hackers are exploiting bug that gives control of US servers
  2. White House, Trump accounts both get Twitter rulebreaker warning
  3. No, Twitter Fact Checking The President Is Not Evidence Of Anti-Conservative Bias
  4. Facebook employees revolt over Zuckerberg’s stance on Trump
  5. Employees, civil rights groups blast Facebook inaction on Trump statements
  6. Facebook’s Oversight Board Can’t Intervene, So Stop Asking
  7. President Trump’s Executive Order
  8. Trump Prepares Order to Limit Social Media Companies’ Protections: The move is almost certain to face a court challenge and signals the latest salvo by President Trump to crack down on online platforms.
  9. A Quick Take on the May 26 Executive Order on Platforms and CDA 230
  10. Executive Order “Clarifies” (Rewrites) Online Speech Protections
  11. Trump’s “Preventing Online Censorship” Executive Order Is Pro-Censorship Political Theater (Eric Goldman)
  12. The Two Things To Understand About Trump’s Executive Order On Social Media: (1) It’s A Distraction (2) It’s Legally Meaningless
  13. Executive order targeting social media companies unlikely to change foundational internet law
  14. Section 230 Executive Order Strikes Back at Twitter, But Legal Impact Likely to be Limited
  15. Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Social Platforms Could Hurt “Internet Freedom,” Google Says
  16. President Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Would Restrict Legal Protections for Internet Speech
  17. Trump Issues Executive Order Aimed at Curtailing Online Platforms’ Immunity for User Generated Content
  18. Executive Order Aimed at Restricting Civil Liability Protections Afforded to Social Media Companies
  19. The Implications of Trump’s Executive Order and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
  20. The President’s Executive Order on Online Media – What Does Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Provide?
  21. Trump is desperate to punish Big Tech but has no good way to do it
  22. Leaked draft details Trump’s likely attack on technology giants
  23. Joe Biden Wastes A Huge Opportunity To Support Free Speech; Still Wants To ‘Revoke’ Section 230
  24. The Communications Decency Act Suddenly Is Center Stage Again
  25. Why the USMCA Locks in the Internet Platform Liability System in the U.S., Canada and Mexico (Michael Geist)
  26. Trump’s Final Executive Order On Social Media Deliberately Removed Reference To Importance Of Newspapers To Democracy
  27. Zuckerberg dismisses fact-checking after bragging about fact-checking
  28. Mark Zuckerberg’s Ridiculously Wrong, Misleading, And Self-Serving Statements Regarding Twitter Fact-Checking The President
  29. New Study Finds No Evidence Of Anti-Conservative Bias In Facebook Moderation (If Anything, It’s The Opposite)
  30. Are Targeted Ads the Result of Wiretapping? Facebook Asks the Ninth Circuit to Reconsider.
  31. DC Appeals Court Dumps Lawsuit Claiming Multiple Tech Companies Are Engaged In An Anti-Conservative Conspiracy
  32. Court Rejects Another Lawsuit Alleging that Internet Companies Suppress Conservative Views–Freedom Watch v. Google (Eric Goldman)
  33. Court’s Enforcement of Hybrid Clickwrap Agreement to Defeat TCPA Claim Provides Lessons for Marketers
  34. Consent in online contexts – the German Federal Court of Justice’s decision on Planet49 and Facebook
  35. Red Pills and NPCs: How geek culture become political (Andres Guadamuz)
  36. Nest users now covered by Google’s ultra-secure Advanced Protection Program
  37. FDA and FTC Joint Warning Letters Target Amazon Affiliates Making False COVID-19 Claims
  38. Court Discovers Rare and Elusive “Enforceable Browsewrap”
  39. Big Tech goes on pandemic M&A spree despite political backlash
  40. Everyone’s ordering delivery, but apps aren’t making money
  41. Western Digital gets sued for sneaking SMR disks into its NAS channel: WD clearly underestimated the consumer outrage they’d face over SMR disks.
  42. Are Google’s cookies crumbling?
  43. Amid YouTube’s Pivot Away From Scripted Originals, Axed ‘Step Up’ Series Dances On At Starz
  44. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 5/25/2020
  45. YouTube makes video chapters official
  46. YouTube Fully Rolls Out ‘Chapters’ For Easier Video Navigation And Re-Watching
  47. YouTube Squads Up Dozens Of Creators—Including Typical Gamer, Daithi De Nogla, CouRage—For Charity ‘Warzone’ Tournament
  48. Insights: HBO Max May Change A Lot, And Complicate A Lot More
  49. How Social Media Usage Of Popular DIY Hashtags Has Changed
  50. Video Messaging Startup ‘Loom’ Closes $29 Million Funding Round At $350 Million Valuation
  51. TikTok Taps Bill Nye, Lilly Singh, Tyra Banks For $50 Million Educational Content Initiative
  52. Chinese Tech Giant ByteDance Reportedly Working To Bring TikTok’s Operations Stateside
  53. 3D printing in the time of COVID-19: A triad of legal perspectives
  54. International Norms Governing Behaviour in Cyberspace: The UN’s Charter
  55. Website Terms and Conditions: More Important than Ever

A.I.

  1. ACLU sues facial recognition firm Clearview AI, calling it a ‘nightmare scenario’ for privacy: Alleging Clearview violated a well-known Illinois biometric privacy law
  2. Clearview Says Section 230 Immunizes It From Vermont’s Lawsuit Over Alleged Privacy Violations
  3. Securus Quietly Settles Lawsuit Over Illegally Spying On Inmate Attorney Conversations
  4. Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots: Users of the homepages of the MSN website and Edge browser will now see news stories generated by AI
  5. Walmart employees are out to show its anti-shoplifting AI doesn’t work
  6. With a Side of Knowledge podcast talks AI, bias with race and technology expert Mutale Nkonde
  7. How Artificial Intelligence Can Comply with the Federal Trade Commission Act
  8. Patent Law Alert – AI Machines Are Not Human Inventors
  9. Protecting AI and machine-learning inventions

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. AT&T exempts HBO Max from data caps but still limits your Netflix use: AT&T-owned HBO Max gets special treatment on AT&T network.
  2. Net Neutrali-what? AT&T’s New Streaming Service Won’t Count Against Its Broadband Caps. But Netflix Will.
  3. AT&T’s Streaming Headaches Continue As Contract Feuds Keep New TV Service Off Amazon, Roku
  4. FCC Republican excitedly endorses Trump’s crackdown on social media
  5. Last Minute Addition To Louisiana Bill Hamstrings Community Broadband
  6. A $350 “anti-5G” device is just a 128MB USB stick, teardown finds: 5GBioShield uses “quantum nano-layer technology” to restructure reality itself.
  7. Robocalls Down 50% in Eight Months!: How Changes in Technology and Regulator Priorities Have Accomplished What Lawsuits Never Could
  8. FCC Waives Broad Outreach Recruitment Requirements to Allow Re-hiring of Employees Laid Off Due to COVID-19
  9. What’s New in 5G – June 2020

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. JAVEX vs. JAVELO – Federal Court of Appeal applies Vavilov to first Trademark Opposition Appeal
  2. Lawsuit over online book lending could bankrupt Internet Archive
  3. Italian Public Prosecutor Says Project Gutenberg’s Collection Of Public Domain Books Must Be Blocked For Copyright Infringement
  4. Nothing “Fishy” About Use of Children’s Song “Fish Sticks n’ Tater Tots” in Documentary about Burlesque Dancers, Court Rules
  5. Chalk this One Up to the Utilitarian Nature of a Toy Chalk Holder
  6. Southern District of New York: Embedding Public Instagram Post Does Not Infringe Photographer’s Copyright
  7. Leonard v Nike: Copyright in the Klaw
  8. District Court Mostly Refuses To Terminate The Litigation Testing The Copyright Termination Provision
  9. Protection of store layout under copyright law: the KIKO case
  10. Defendant Must Prove that Copied Portion of Copyrighted Work is Unprotectable
  11. Open Source Software: the Affero GPL, the ‘as a Service’ world and the CAL
  12. SpaceX launch footage was taken down thanks to bogus copyright claim
  13. Just As The Copyright Office Tries To Ignore The Problem Of Bad Takedowns, NBC & Disney Take Down NASA’s Public Domain Space Launch
  14. Copyright Blocks Interview Of Protesters Because Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ Was Playing In The Background
  15. Copyright Office Finds DCMA Tilts Away From Copyright Owners; Will Congress Act to Change That?
  16. Conducting Your Way Through Music Licensing: The Most Common Issues
  17. In The Midst Of A Pandemic And Widespread Unrest, Senate Republicans Think It’s Time To Use Copyright To Make The Richest Musicians Richer
  18. Reversing Examining Attorney, TTAB Gives the Green Light to Color Mark Application
  19. Private Prison Company Sues Netflix Over Use Of Logo In ‘Messiah’
  20. Down N’ Out – Down on their luck
  21. Lucky Brand Strikes Gold After SCOTUS Rejects Marcel’s Defense Preclusion Argument
  22. Are GODIVA’s “Belgium 1926” Chocolates Made in Belgium?
  23. Amended Patented Medicines Regulations will come into force on 1 January 2021
  24. Federal Circuit: Patent Eligibility Turns on the Content – Not Length – of the Claims
  25. EPO: Plants and Plant Materials Not Patentable if Exclusively Obtained by Essentially Biological Process
  26. EPO does not follow the US and JEM on Patentability of Plants
  27. Our Top 5 Added Matter Drafting Tips
  28. The importance of IP due diligence

PRIVACY

  1. Federal Court Says Sneaking A Warrantless Peek At A Cellphone Lock Screen Violates The Fourth Amendment
  2. Privacy and breach of confidence cases against the media
  3. Arizona AG Sues Google For Location Data Failures, After Telecom Got A Wrist Slap For Far Worse Behavior
  4. iPhone privacy prompts discriminate against non-Apple apps, complaint says
  5. iPhone looters find devices disabled, with a warning they’re being tracked
  6. Cisco security breach hits corporate servers that ran unpatched software
  7. Ransomware gang is auctioning off victims’ confidential data
  8. German Constitutional Court Says Unjustified Surveillance Of Foreign Citizens Is Illegal

CREATIVITY   

  1. California Anti-SLAPP Law Gives Rachel Maddow An Early Exit From Conservative News Network’s Bogus Libel Lawsuit
  2. Lenny Dykstra Deemed ‘Libel-Proof’ In Defamation Suit Loss To Ron Darling And Publisher
  3. Some Thoughts About Combating Racist Content in Advertising
  4. Dallas PD Asks Residents To Snitch On Protesters, Gets A Load Of K-Pop Videos Instead
  5. Dearth of women in classic Hollywood was result of studio system, study finds
  6. Cops — Newly Wary Of Looking Like Authoritarian Assholes — Open Fire On, Arrest Journalists
  7. Bangladeshi Government Decides There’s No Time Like The Present To Censor/Arrest More Journalists
  8. Scotland’s first “virtual appeal” reaffirms the value of fair comment
  9. SmileDirectClub Sues NBC For $2.85 Billion, Claims Factual Statements And Quotes From Customers Are Defamatory

Jon

News of the Week; May 27, 2020

GAMES

  1. Manchester United sues Sega over Football Manager trademark use: Sega and developer Sports Interactive reply that club’s name, logo have been used since 1992 “without complaint”
  2. Rainbow Six: Siege clone Area F2 has been taken offline following lawsuit from Ubisoft
  3. The Last of Us Part 2 reportedly banned in the Middle East: Upcoming hit believed to be “banned by the competent authorities” of United Arab Emirates and Saudia Arabia
  4. Naughty Dog uses new Twitter feature to block Last of Us Part II spoilers
  5. FTC Settles with Digital Game Company Over Allegedly False COPPA Safe Harbor Claims
  6. G2A confirms stolen game key sales, pays $40,000 to Factorio devs
  7. G2A to pay Factorio dev $39,600 after allowing illegal game key sales
  8. Hackers infect multiple game developers with advanced malware
  9. First Amendment May Protect Use of Trademarks As Artistic Expression: AM General LLC v. Activision Blizzard, Inc. et al.
  10. EA and NFL to extend partnership until 2025: Madden publisher could have exclusivity for football simulation games until 2026 if series “achieves certain revenue goals”
  11. EA is releasing the source code for Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Tiberian Dawn
  12. EA releasing source code for Command & Conquer and Red Alert: Code will go open source alongside Remastered Collection next month
  13. Nintendo Escapes Digital Pre-Order Dispute in EU
  14. A Place Where We Can Be Together: Animal Crossing has become a place for weddings and graduations
  15. Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 3.6m digital units in April – It’s now the top Nintendo Switch title in lifetime digital sales and digital revenue
  16. Game Discoverability & The Nintendo Switch: Where We’re At
  17. COVID-19: Video games good for mental health during pandemic, says U of S prof
  18. NPD: US console sales in April up 163% to $420m – Video games hardware and software generated $1.5 billion last month, making it the biggest April on record
  19. Report: Video game sales increased by 73% in April, setting new records for the month (NPD Group)
  20. Worldwide digital games market: April 2020 – Game spending totaled a record-breaking $10.5B in April 2020, showing the continued strength of the medium during the COVID-19 crisis.
  21. U.S. console-hardware spending hits mammoth $420 million in April
  22. App Annie: Mobile gaming will widen its lead over console and PC titles in 2020
  23. Nexon CEO: COVID-19 has spotlighted gaming’s importance – Owen Mahoney suggests that gaming’s resilience in the face of pandemic is reflective of its broader role within entertainment
  24. The giants of the video game industry have thrived in the pandemic. Can the success continue?
  25. How COVID-19 is taking gaming and esports to the next level
  26. Don’t expect huge change in the post-COVID industry | Opinion: Expectations of radical change in the wake of the pandemic are overblown — in-person working will remain the default paradigm
  27. Why games firms are ready to go back to the office | Podcast: We discuss recent comments from Satya Nadella and Strauss Zelnick, plus PlayStation Now vs Xbox Game Pass
  28. As traffic hits all-time high, Jackbox adjusting to dev’ing from home
  29. The IGDA debuts standards, reporting system to curb bad industry behavior
  30. IGDA: “We’re not looking to call people out — we’re looking to improve the industry” – Renee Gittins on the IGDA’s push to tackle crunch, diversity and more with a database of reported bad behaviour
  31. UK Charts: Maneater debuts at No.6 as Nintendo dominates: Animal Crossing and Mario Kart claim the top two positions
  32. Seven Deadly Sins push Netmarble Q1 revenues up – The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross became the mobile publisher’s second biggest game less than a month after worldwide launch
  33. How the Dauntless community taught Phoenix Labs about trust: Phoenix Labs’ Nick Clifford explores the value of building lasting relationships within your community, and how to get there
  34. Amplifier Game Invest acquires Italian developer DestinyBit
  35. Little Nightmares has sold over 2 million copies worldwide 
  36. Don’t expect next-gen console launches in China anytime soon | Opinion: The suspension of the PlayStation Store in China underlines the problems that Sony and Microsoft continue to face, says Apptutti’s Daniel Camilo
  37. Stadia exclusivity pushes PS4, Xbox One versions of Serious Sam 4 into 2021: Croteam’s upcoming shooter will launch on Google’s streaming service and Steam in August
  38. Xbox Family Settings app will help parents manage their kids’ gaming habits
  39. Xbox boosts responsible gaming strategy with Family Settings app: The platform holder discusses the evolution of its safety ecosystem and the new family features developed for its app
  40. After some high-profile opt outs, Nvidia GeForce Now swaps to an opt-in library
  41. Naughty Dog tests new Twitter feature to limit The Last of Us Part 2 spoilers: PlayStation studio cuts off replies following social media abuse over upcoming blockbuster
  42. Gamestream raises $3.8 million to grow its B2B-focused cloud gaming platform
  43. Gamestream raises €3.5m to build up B2B cloud gaming technology: Eponyme Partners leads investment round in turnkey cloud gaming service
  44. Game companies in Spain to benefit from $21.9 million in protective financing
  45. Spanish game devs to benefit from €20m in government finance: Culture industries hit by COVID-19 pandemic can apply for financing on “beneficial” terms
  46. Italy announces fund to support country’s game studios during COVID-19 crisis
  47. Italian government approves €4m fund for games developers: Trade body IIDEA’s First Playable Fund will offer up to €200,000 per prototype
  48. Slovakian games industry has nearly doubled in size since 2016: Fledgling sector expected to turnover €55 million in 2020
  49. CD Projekt’s market cap rivals Ubisoft — but not for much longer | Opinion: Polish publisher is riding high on The Witcher and Cyberpunk, but Ubisoft is about to emerge from a year of uncertainty with five AAA launches
  50. Tencent will be “taking the System Shock franchise forward”: OtherSide Entertainment’s role on the third game unclear after deal with the Chinese publisher
  51. Tencent acquires 20% stake in Marvelous, Inc.
  52. Tencent acquires 20% stake in Story of Seasons dev Marvelous for $65 million
  53. Tencent takes 20% stake in Marvelous for $65m: Investment from Chinese giant will enable Story of Seasons developer to build new and existing IP
  54. PlatinumGames dispels rumors that Microsoft is buying it – Atsushi Inaba: “That conversation has not come to our doorstep at all”
  55. Cheating in Esports tournaments – legal arguments for discouraging bad players
  56. Audi parks driver for using a ringer in charity esports race
  57. League of Legends putting ads on the playfield: Viewers of official esports matches will see Mastercard, Alienware, other brands featured on in-game banners
  58. The E-Sports and Gaming Industries Offer Vital Tools to Musicians in the Wake of COVID-19
  59. Ninja Launches Star-Studded, Six-Week ‘Fortnite’ Tournament On His Mixer Channel
  60. Ninja Teams With Killer Merch For Clothing Brand Relaunch, ‘Fortnite’ Capsule, Future Streetwear Drops
  61. Amazon Games and Bandai Namco are bringing a free Pac-Man game to Twitch
  62. Twitch signs three more exclusivity deals with top streamers: Streaming platform wars escalate as Summit1G, Dakotaz and JoshOG commit to multi-year partnerships with Twitch
  63. Twitch Inks Exclusive Streaming And Appearance Deals With Summit1G, Dakotaz, JoshOG
  64. Twitch Launches New Corporate Channel Dedicated To Gaming News, Event Coverage, More
  65. Fortnite is morphing into a movie theater with help from Christopher Nolan
  66. Christopher Nolan Premieres ‘Tenet’ Trailer Inside Fortnite, With Another Film Arriving In-Game This Summer
  67. With Theaters Closed, The Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Debuts In Fortnite Instead
  68. CAA Signs Facebook Gaming Creator Jonna Mae (Exclusive)
  69. Markiplier And Jacksepticeye’s Clothing Brand Cloak Digs Up ‘Minecraft’ Partnership
  70. Minecraft Dungeons review: A smashing good Diablo clone for any age
  71. Minecraft Dungeons | Critical Consensus: Mojang is commended for making a kid-friendly action-RPG, but critics question its value for more experienced players
  72. Analyst speculates on Grand Theft Auto release from Take-Two marketing spike: Publisher refutes speculation, saying unusually high marketing commitments for fiscal 2024 are to external parties
  73. AR Pokemon will soon be able to hide behind real-world objects in Pokemon Go
  74. Niantic adds ‘reality blending’ to Pokémon Go to make your virtual pals even more realistic: A new AR feature to make pokémon more believably blend with the environment
  75. Magic Leap raises $350m after mass layoffs: But augmented reality firm withdraws notice regarding potential redundancies for remaining staff
  76. Magic Leap withdraws conditional layoff notices after raising $350 million
  77. Why it took five years to build Lego Super Mario: “The only brief was: do something that only these two companies could do together”
  78. Dread X Collection: Evoking Kojima’s PT in context, not content: Dread XP’s Ted Hentschke says Silent Hill teaser and horror film anthologies inspired his approach to indie horror game dev
  79. How does a hit like Katana Zero change things for a creator?: Juggling multiple projects helped produce Justin Stander’s breakthrough hit, but he’s now looking forward to creating one thing at a time
  80. An extensive look at Maxis’ short stint in serious simulation games
  81. Don’t Miss: A classic game postmortem of Westwood Studios’ Command & Conquer
  82. Don’t Miss: Designing the Elusive Targets system in 2016’s Hitman
  83. Don’t Miss: A postmortem look at how Blizzard built Diablo II
  84. Video: A new strategy for narrative desigers
  85. Blog: Narrative vs. gameplay – A toolbox for harmonious coexistence
  86. Blog: Demystifying C#’s under-utilized superpower for game development
  87. Blog: Launch day depression (and why i’m over it)
  88. Blog: Highlights of global accessibility awareness day 2020
  89. Blog: Why new players matter to indie developers
  90. Blog: Creating stronger bonds between players and NPCs through group conflict
  91. Game Tech Deep Dive: Gears Tactics – When art meets scalability
  92. U.S. Patent no. 10,315,119: Video game with concurrent processing of game-related physical objects
  93. “Abstract Assertion of Breadth” Does Not Prove Non-Enablement: Patent on method of animating faces invideo games

DIGITAL

  1. ‘Trump’s executive order expected to target Twitter, Facebook and Google
  2. President to Unveil Executive Order to Address CDA Section 230 Protections
  3. Newsweek Publishes Facts Optional, Wronger Than Wrong, Piece About Section 230
  4. So Wait, People Really Think The Barr DOJ’s Investigation Into Google Is In Good Faith?
  5. Why Content Moderation Codes Are More Guidelines Than Rules
  6. Proposed bill would ban microtargeting of political advertisements: Just because ads can be targeted to individuals doesn’t mean they should be.
  7. Facebook Pays Multimillion Dollar Penalty in First Case in Canada to Subject Privacy Policies to Misleading Advertising Laws
  8. Facebook Executives Shut Down Efforts to Make the Site Less Divisive: The social-media giant internally studied how it polarizes users, then largely shelved the research
  9. Bombshell report: Facebook has known that it is fomenting extremism for years — and refuses to stop
  10. Plaintiffs Push For Preliminary Approval Of $550 Million Settlement In Facebook Privacy Class Action
  11. Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR: Woman must delete photographs of her grandchildren posted on Facebook and Pinterest without their parents’ permission, a court in the has ruled.
  12. Facebook launches independent “Oversight Board” for hate speech, harassment and privacy
  13. Mr Zuckerberg, Tear Down My Wall
  14. Facebook workers get remote work option—but it could come with a pay cut
  15. Former NSO Employees Says The Company Impersonated Facebook To Deploy Malware
  16. Twitter’s first fact-check on President Trump calls out “false claims”
  17. Trump Is a Problem That Twitter Cannot Fix: When a duly elected president is bent on spreading misinformation, tech companies can rein him in only so much.
  18. Twitter Grapples Anew With Its Trump Conundrum: The social media company came under fire — again — for not removing Mr. Trump’s posts that contain falsehoods.
  19. Trump, Twitter, And Free Speech
  20. When The Problem Isn’t Twitter But President Trump
  21. Delayed implementation but the UK Government remains committed to regulating online harms
  22. Neighbouring rights: interim measures imposed on Google in the press sector
  23. Democrats want to restrict political ad targeting ahead of the 2020 election: Time is running out for new rules to apply to this election
  24. The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think
  25. Keeping up with the Kardashians in “Kuarantine”
  26. The FTC: Influencing the Future of the Influencers
  27. Deletion Of Comments Criticizing Chinese Government Was A Contextual Error, YouTube Says
  28. YouTube auto-deletes comments with phrases critical of Chinese government
  29. YouTube Is Considering Letting Creators Self-Limit The Reach Of Their Videos To Lessen Harassment
  30. ViacomCBS Snaps Up John Krasinski’s YouTube Web Series ‘Some Good News,’ Will Produce Future Episodes With New Host
  31. How Does John Krasinski’s Newly Sold ‘Some Good News’ Stack Up Against Late-Night Shows?
  32. U.K.-Based YouTube Prankster Morgz Signs With A3 Artists Agency (Exclusive)
  33. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 5/25/2020
  34. YouTube Kids App Arrives On Apple TV
  35. BuzzFeed’s Latest ‘Unsolved’ Season Scares Up Record YouTube Traffic
  36. Netflix Cancels ‘Terrace House’ Production After Death Of Star Hana Kimura
  37. Instagram Finally Brings In Monetization For (Some) Creators With Purchasable Badges, IGTV Ads
  38. Amid Pandemic, Target Says It’s The First Mass Retailer To Launch Shoppable Instagram Posts
  39. SDNY: Instagram Sublicense Protects Against Liability for Embedding of Public Posts
  40. Addressing Possible Limits of COPPA Safe Harbors
  41. Insights: Will Apple Plusing Up Its Streaming Service Set Off Another Round Of Hollywood Consolidation?
  42. Fanbytes Launches ByteHouse, TikTok’s First U.K.-Based Creator Collective
  43. Fullscreen Looks Beyond YouTube For Latest Fully-Managed Talent Signings
  44. Digital News Network ‘The Young Turks’ Launches Twitch Channel
  45. We Lose A Lot When Podcasts Go Closed Instead Of Open
  46. Intel acquires Rivet, maker of Killer Wireless-AC gaming Wi-Fi gear
  47. Crypto hedge funds struggle to recover from “bloodbath”
  48. Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves
  49. Privacy and Zambonis in the Age of COVID-19: My Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture (Michael Geist)

A.I.

  1. After watching 50,000 hours of Pac-Man, Nvidia’s AI generated a playable clone
  2. The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19, and Copyright
  3. Recent FTC Guidance on the Use of Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms in the Age of COVID-19
  4. A Neurophilosophy of Big Data & Civil Liberties, and the Need for a New Social Contract
  5. Uncovering the secrets of Alien: Isolation’s AI

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Looking at Changes to the FCC’s Public Notice Requirements for Broadcast Applications
  2. FCC to Consider Exemption of TV Broadcast Internet Services from Broadcast Ownership Rules and Regulations for ATSC 3.0 Non-Broadcast Services
  3. FCC Issues NPRM Aimed at One-Ring Scam Phone Calls
  4. Selective decoupling: phasing out domestic deployment of Chinese telecoms technology
  5. Team Telecom emerges from shadows and FCC cracks down on Chinese telecoms companies
  6. Making Internet service a utility—what’s the worst that could happen?
  7. New Study Tries, Fails, To Claim Community Broadband Is An Inevitable Boondoggle
  8. The FCC’s ‘Contest Rule’ and how it may affect your sweepstakes
  9. AT&T still refuses to kill misleading 5GE network icon for 4G service
  10. AT&T Won’t Stop Lying About ‘Fake 5G’
  11. Verizon Tries To Temper 5G Enthusiasm After Report Clearly Shows US 5G Is Slow, Lame
  12. OpenSignal compares 5G experiences across ten major carriers
  13. Legal challenge to OFCOM’s 5G network auction
  14. Let’s Talk About ‘Neutrality’ — And How Math Works

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Clorox v Chloretec: The Application of Vavilov in the Trademarks Context
  2. Chalk One Up to the Knock-Off
  3. Pencil Shaped Chalk Holder Is a Non-Copyrightable Idea
  4. Led Zeppelin‘s Stairway to Heaven found not to infringe copyright in Spirit’s instrumental, Taurus
  5. The Second Circuit Affirms the Dismissal of Copyright Claims against Seinfeld over Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  6. Second Circuit Limits Copyright Damages To Three Years Preceding Suit
  7. Copyright Damages Limited to Three Years Before Lawsuit Filing
  8. Paparazzi Suit Victims Try Unconventional Plays
  9. And the winner of the prize for best legal click bait headline from the NYT so far this year is …
  10. How A Feud Among Wolf-Kink Erotica FanFic Authors Demonstrates What The Copyright Office Got Wrong In Its DMCA Report
  11. Jerry Seinfeld Gets To Keep Driving Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee*
  12. Justices form unique alliances in holding Georgia’s annotated code not protected by copyright; Thomas dissent presses for closer review of precedent
  13. U.S. Supreme Court: States Cannot Copyright Legal Code Annotations
  14. Eighth Circuit Holds Business Information Database Copyrightable, Affirming $11.2 Million Jury Verdict
  15. CRS Examines IP Rights Abroad, Considers State Sovereign Immunity in Copyright Suits
  16. The rental of cars fitted with radio receivers does not constitute an act of unauthorised communication of musical works to the public (case c-753/18)
  17. Copyright Office Finds Aspects of the DMCA “Unbalanced” in Favor of Online Service Providers
  18. Designs and copyright protection: UK drifts closer towards Europe
  19. Stretching Copyright: Protecting online fitness workouts
  20. Lack of evidence of non-use and confusion result in POKEWORKS trademark remaining on the register
  21. Three Point Shot: Jordan’s Last Dance in Trademark Dispute Scores Big in Chinese Top Court
  22. Some Brands Have All the Luck
  23. US Supreme Court Rejects ‘Defense Preclusion’ in Trademark Suit
  24. Supreme Court Clarifies Concept of Defense Preclusion Through Lucky Brand Trademark Battle
  25. Supreme Court Rules Defense Not Barred in Subsequent Action Involving Different Trademarks, Conduct and Claims
  26. Recent Federal Court Decision Reaffirms Exceptions to First Sale Doctrine for Brands Bringing Trademark Claims Against Unauthorized Resellers
  27. Tax Service’s Registered Trademark’s Suggestiveness Presented Jury Question
  28. Replacing Rogers Test with “Genuine Artistic Motive” Test Doesn’t Change the Finale in Dispute Over WILD AMERICA
  29. The Impact of Romag Fasteners Inc. v. Fossil Inc.: Willfulness Is Not Required For An Award Of Profits In Trademark Infringement
  30. What the Supreme Court’s Romag Decision means for trademark infringement and damages
  31. ‘Maybe’ Is Not Enough: Foreign Business Fails to Obtain Declaratory Judgment for Potential Use of Trademark
  32. Third judgement in Sky v SkyKick – Louise Foster and Sarah Darby provide some take-away thoughts
  33. Tiger King Trademark Troubles
  34. A Lesson From Tiger King: Corporate Separateness
  35. General Court “shades” some light on 3D trademark registration
  36. Can you trademark a design in the EU?
  37. The Intersection of Trademarks and Open Source
  38. Trademarks rocket while designs level off: UKIPO releases latest annual filings data
  39. Pepper trumps Broccoli: EPO finds products produced by essentially biological processes are not patentable
  40. A Dynamic Reversal by the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal
  41. Joint Inventorship Claim for Online Dating Patent Ends in Heartbreak, Attorneys’ Fees Award
  42. Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Litigation Update: AR Design Innovations Litigations
  43. Determining the Article of Manufacture in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Design Patents
  44. Design Patents: An Underutilized Tool for Protecting Sporting Goods
  45. Rise in extended reality technology patents suggests market revival
  46. Common Patent Misconceptions – Myth #3: My idea is too obvious for patenting.
  47. Clarifying the patentability of medical use inventions in China
  48. Intellectual Property Issue-Spotting: Common Themes in Recent Ad Campaigns
  49. Federal Circuit Patent Update
  50. Protecting intellectual property in the fashion industry – debunking the myths – PART ONE: copyright and patents
  51. Protecting intellectual property in the fashion industry – debunking the myths – PART TWO: Unregistered Design Rights and Registered Designs
  52. Protecting intellectual property in the fashion industry – debunking the myths – PART THREE: Registered and Unregistered Trade Marks
  53. Copyright protection of fashion designs in Spain after Cofemel

PRIVACY

  1. Facebook Pays Multimillion Dollar Penalty in First Case in Canada to Subject Privacy Policies to Misleading Advertising Laws
  2. Just turning your phone on qualifies as searching it, court rules
  3. After FBI Successfully Breaks Into IPhones, Bill Barr Says It’s Time For Legislated Encryption Backdoors
  4. S-Town Podcast Lawsuit Settled – Reminder on Getting Releases from Podcast Subjects
  5. Banks Get Payout From Equifax Hack While Consumers Still Wait For Compensation
  6. The Grubman Ransomware Attack and What It Means for the Cyber Risks That You May Face
  7. Senate Talking Points Say Warrantless Collection Of Internet Use Data Keeps Terrorists From Killing Us
  8. Digital Media and the Right to Be Forgotten
  9. Court Tells Grandma To Delete Photos Of Grandkids On Facebook For Violating The GDPR
  10. Yes, This Site Uses Cookies, Because Nearly All Sites Use Cookies, And We’re Notifying You Because We’re Told We Have To

CREATIVITY   

  1. FTC Sues Negative Option Marketers
  2. Judge Dismisses Half-Baked False Advertising Claims Against Ghirardelli
  3. Judge Sends Devin Nunes’ SLAPP Suits Against CNN And Washington Post Off To Their Proper Venues
  4. The Law of Defamation and Political Advertising Argued in Trump Suit Against Wisconsin TV Station
  5. Bakker Claims Coronavirus Prosecution Attacks His Faith
  6. Kansas City penguins delight in their first art history lesson

Jon

News of the Week; May 20, 2020

GAMES

  1. Nintendo sues Switch hack resellers in ongoing fight against Team Xecutor: Platform holder continues to crack down on groups enabling pirated games to run on its console
  2. With new Switch-hacking tech looming, Nintendo targets retailers
  3. Nintendo notes COVID-19 is delaying Switch production, might hit game development
  4. Ubisoft suing Google and Apple for selling Rainbow Six: Siege ‘carbon copy’
  5. G2A and Wube Software settle $40,000 chargeback dispute: Factorio developer “satisfied with the results” after marketplace operators conduct internal audit
  6. Disney clamps down on Club Penguin clones following abuse allegations
  7. Disney: If We Can’t Run Club Penguin, No One Can Run Club Penguin
  8. Top mobile trends (and some surprises) during COVID-19 lockdown: GameAnalytics CEO Ioana Hreninciuc explores the effect of the pandemic on player behaviour around the world
  9. Blizzard Takes New Stance on Custom Game IP
  10. Children and online harms
  11. What the Age Appropriate Design Code means for video games: The ICO’s Statutory Code regarding children’s personal data has implications for video games — Baker McKenzie’s Ben Slinn advises to start preparing now
  12. Swiss Game Developer Settles FTC Allegations Over COPPA Safe Harbor Claims
  13. Madden NFL’s technical problems were on full display in ESPN championship
  14. Gambling revenue around esports set to double in 2020
  15. More Than A Game: The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Turned Esports Into An Economy Of Its Own
  16. Esports: a new market for travel businesses after COVID-19?
  17. Video: How to consider player skill growth in esports-friendly games
  18. Rooster Teeth Forges Multi-Faceted Pact With U.K. Digital Gaming Brand ‘The Yogscast’
  19. Twitch unveils new Safety Advisory Council: Group of online safety experts and Twitch partners to advise on policies, products, and trends
  20. Doom Eternal reverses course, will remove kernel-level Denuvo anti-cheat
  21. Valve launches Play Next feature to help Steam users choose their next game
  22. Valve Releases ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Steam Workshop Tools for Making & Downloading Mods
  23. King has opened up and relinquished control of the Defold game engine
  24. King makes Defold engine open source: Candy Crush firm sets up Defold Foundation to handle the tech’s development going forward
  25. Unreal Engine is Now Royalty-free for the First $1 Million in Revenue
  26. How Epic got such amazing Unreal Engine 5 results on next-gen consoles
  27. Epic rolls easier refunds, keyless third-party sales into its Epic Games Store
  28. Epic Games store integrates keyless purchasing with third-party platforms: Green Man Gaming, Fanatical, and Genba Digital join Humble in offering automatic purchases without key entry
  29. Epic denies disguising load times in Unreal Engine 5 demo: Spokesperson says the goal was to demonstrate the level of detail in the scene
  30. Controller pros are dominating PC Fortnite thanks to “overpowered” aim assist
  31. Epic Games confirms Fortnite as launch title for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X: Battle royale will be “optimised” for next-gen consoles, migration to Unreal Engine 5 due in 2021
  32. Free Grand Theft Auto 5 crashes Epic Games Store: Fortnite creator reports “most users” should now be able to access digital games marketplace
  33. Hey, Epic, If you’re Going To Boldly Give Away A Historically Popular Game For Free, Make Sure You Can Handle The Demand
  34. Fortnite surpasses $1b in lifetime spending on App Store alone: Epic’s battle royale sees mobile spending rise with Google Play launch
  35. Crucible, Amazon’s new online shooter: Alexa, does this game have a chance?
  36. Amazon throws itself into the Crucible of AAA at last: Lou Castle explains how Amazon’s hero shooter has evolved to be competitive, streamable, and standout in a crowded field
  37. UK Charts: Animal Crossing holds No.1 in another quiet week – No new releases in the retail charts this week
  38. Nintendo’s first rumored Mario game for 2020 has come true: Paper Mario in July
  39. Half of all New Horizons sales in the U.S., Japan, and Europe were digital
  40. Nintendo confirms 50% digital sales for Animal Crossing: New Horizons: New Horizons has already reached its lifetime sales target, according to Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa
  41. Nintendo warns of potential software delays due to remote working: “Since there are indeed big limitations on what can be done from home, we do think this will have a large impact”
  42. PlayStation Now has reached 2.2 million subscribers
  43. PlayStation Now reaches 2.2m subscribers: Sony’s service has doubled its reach in a single year, but still lags behind Xbox Game Pass
  44. PlayStation Plus reaches 41.5m subscribers: Subscriptions rose by 2.7 million in the first three months of 2020 alone
  45. Sony’s PS5 reveal will be all about the software | Opinion: The slow drip of PS5 information belies how much technical detail we already know — the real “unveiling” will likely be of a software slate
  46. Former Xbox exec J Allard is now Intellivision’s global managing director
  47. Xbox co-founder J Allard heads up Intellivision: Former Microsoft exec will oversee launch of upcoming Intellivision Amico console this October
  48. Take-Two plans to release 93 full titles in the next five years: Of those, 47 are expected to come from existing franchises, while 46 are new IP
  49. NBA 2K, GTA, and more push Take-Two’s net revenue over $3B for 2019-20 year
  50. Take-Two sets net bookings records as Q4 digital sales jump: Publisher looks ahead to a “light year” for new releases, but remains confident in success of back catalog, digital growth
  51. Game spending in the US reached a record quarterly high in Q1 2020: The NPD Group: Consumers spent nearly $10.9 billion on video games from January through March of this year
  52. Respawn opens Vancouver studio to focus on Apex Legends development
  53. Respawn marks its ten-year anniversary with a new Vancouver studio: Dusty Welch, Chad Grenier, Henry Lee, and Steven Ferreira discuss the new studio’s philosophy and goals for the longevity of Apex Legends
  54. Mobile battle royale game Free Fire has more than 80 million daily users
  55. The Dark Souls franchise has topped 27 million lifetime sales
  56. Ubisoft sales dropped by nearly 14% in fiscal year 2019
  57. Ubisoft beats Q4 forecasts, thanks in no small part to player recurring investment
  58. Ubisoft prepares for rebound with five AAA titles planned this fiscal year: Publisher reports full-year financials with expected lower revenues after multiple game delays
  59. Ubisoft offers Assassin’s Creed: Discovery Tour modes for free for one week – Educational explorations of ancient Greece and Egypt made available to encourage learning from home
  60. Humble’s indie game publishing biz is now Humble Games
  61. UK Games Fund selects 38 studios for next round of investment: COVID-19 pandemic caused the programme to be revised so more developers could benefit from funding
  62. Rewriting the playbook: The independent studios making sports work: We explore how developers are carving their own niches in the face of dominating franchises like FIFA and NBA 2K
  63. 2K and Hangar 13 get in on the classic game remake trend with Mafia: Definitive Edition
  64. NetEase revenues rise to $2.4bn: Fantasy Westward Journey publisher grows games business overseas with increased playerbase in Japan
  65. Keywords to raise £100m for acquisition of pandemic-hit companies: Share sale will allow the services firm to buy companies “less able to weather the disruption”
  66. Sumo Group acquires UK work-for-hire studio Lab42
  67. Sumo Digital acquires Lab42: Work-for-hire studio to will still operate independently as part of the Sumo group
  68. Game of War developer Machine Zone acquired by AppLovin: AppLovin will move its headquarters to studio’s Palo Alto office
  69. AppLovin acquires Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire dev Machine Zone
  70. Embracer Group sees record shift toward digital due to COVID-19
  71. Embracer Group’s games business grew by 31% last year
  72. Embracer Group’s full-year games revenue rose 31%: But the “first AAA games releases since Metro Exodus” won’t arrive until the year ending March 2022
  73. Mobile battle royale title Free Fire just hit 80 million daily active users
  74. Minecraft developer Mojang rebrands as Mojang Studios
  75. Mojang returns to its indie roots with Minecraft Dungeons: The 25-person team on turning one of the world’s biggest games into a dungeon crawler for everyone
  76. Minecraft has sold 200 million copies in 11 years
  77. Minecraft has sold over 200m copies to date: Mojang rebrands as Mojang Studios upon game’s 11th anniversary
  78. Planet Zoo has surpassed 1 million sales in under six months
  79. South Korean PC gaming cafes take a hit during COVID-19 peak: But the industry appears on the cusp of a rebound as restrictions lift
  80. Arcades vs COVID-19: How communities can save small businesses – Arcade owners across the world closed to protect their communities — now those regulars are the best hope for their survival
  81. Net sales down at Square Enix due to lack of major HD game releases
  82. Tencent is now working on OtherSide’s System Shock game
  83. Tencent expects revenues to “normalise” after strong Q1: Online and mobile game revenues soared during the COVID-19 pandemic
  84. 10 games, including Moss and Pistol Whip, have surpassed $2M revenue on Oculus Quest
  85. More than $100m has been spent on Oculus Quest content: Ten games have earned more than $2m in revenue, including PolyArc’s Moss and Cloudhead Games’ Pistol Whip
  86. SuperHot VR sells over 2m copies: Sales of all versions of the game passed two million last year
  87. Connecting through The Legend of Dragoon | Why I Love: Miriam Karina Melgoza on how the classic RPG forged a bond between father and daughter, and the power of games to bring families together
  88. War Stories: Alan Wake’s transformation emerged from a two-month “sauna”
  89. How a rejected My Little Pony game helped save a historic tournament
  90. Breath of the samurai: Sony’s Ghost of Tsushima finally looks like a video game
  91. Four better ways to talk about immersion in video games
  92. Game devs hold virtual meeting from hell in Mythic Quest: Quarantine teaser
  93. The sprawling, must-read history of Maxis’ former “serious games” division
  94. Q&A: Surviving failed Kickstarters and publishing woes to launch Song of Horror
  95. Q&A: Making XCOM tighter and more focused with Chimera Squad
  96. Don’t Miss: A look back at the creation and launch of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  97. Don’t Miss: A Postmortem of Double Fine’s seminal classic Psychonauts
  98. Don’t Miss: Composing the music of Red Dead Redemption
  99. Don’t Miss: Mafia 3 and the value of putting game developers in a box
  100. Don’t Miss: A classic interview with Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane
  101. Video: How Ubisoft handled NPC voice design for The Division 2
  102. Video: Democratizing real-time filmmaking techniques for indie devs
  103. Blog: Creating sequels as an indie developer
  104. Blog: How the Game & Watch impacted Nintendo’s handheld vision
  105. Blog: Beginning again at Spilt Milk Studios
  106. Blog: How Niantic’s response to COVID-19 has protected Pokemon GO
  107. Blog: Steam’s wishlist-to-sales %: thoughts & a call for data!
  108. Blog: Cultivating curation – A LudoNarraCon 2020 recap
  109. Blog: Adding life to worlds with dialogue barks
  110. Blog: Composing the interactive music of SPYDER – Part 2
  111. Blog: Developing multi-tile creatures in roguelikes
  112. Blog: The hidden Switch demo upside & more discoverability tricks
  113. Safe in Our World launches Level Up Mental Health campaign: Games companies unite to commit to supporting better mental health practices
  114. AccessJam announced to support Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Disabled game developers organisation Accessibility Unlocked kicking off month-long event on May 21
  115. U.S. Patent no. 10,315,113: System and method for simulating gameplay of nonplayer characters distributed across networked end user devices

DIGITAL

  1. Facebook to pay $9 million penalty to Competition Bureau
  2. Misleading Privacy Claims Results in $9 Million Dollar Penalty for Facebook
  3. High School Can’t Expel Student for Sharing Memes in Private Snapchat Conversation–JS v. Manheim Township School District (Eric Goldman)
  4. Covid-19 Just Triggered The Worst Quarter Ever For Cable TV ‘Cord Cutting’
  5. One Of The Few Government Officials Who Actually Can ‘Police Speech’ Whines Ridiculously About Facebook’s Oversight Board
  6. TikTok accused of breaching US child privacy regulations
  7. TikTok Broke Privacy Promises, Children’s Groups Say: Twenty consumer groups said the video app had failed to make some changes it agreed to carry out last year to settle federal charges.
  8. The Architect Behind Disney+, Kevin Mayer, Has Been Named CEO Of TikTok
  9. Court Tosses Lawsuit From Man Claiming Twitter Discriminated Against Him For Being A Heterosexual Christian
  10. The Associated Press Has Some Explaining To Do About Its ‘Tweeted Contract’ To Reuse Viral Content
  11. Failure to delete hate speech could cost Facebook, Google billions in France
  12. French Government Passes Hate Speech Law, Will Allow Law Enforcement To Run The Internet
  13. Google pledges not to make custom software for oil and gas extraction
  14. The COVID-19 misinformation crisis is just beginning, but there is hope
  15. Think Tank’s Posting of Substantially Cropped Photo of Heartthrob Governor Constitutes Fair Use
  16. Facebook Acquires GIF Database GIPHY In Reported $400 Million Deal
  17. Facebook is buying Giphy and integrating it with Instagram: Plans to integrate with Instagram and other apps
  18. All your reaction GIFs now belong to Facebook, as it buys Giphy for $400M
  19. Facebook takes on Amazon with online shopping venture
  20. Luxury and online marketplaces – the next chapter (Coty v Amazon)
  21. Man shoots down drone, gets hit with felony charges in Minnesota
  22. Doctors Are Tweeting About Coronavirus to Make Facts Go Viral: As dubious Covid-19 claims circulate online, UCSF’s Dr. Bob Wachter and others are taking to Twitter
  23. Twitch Reveals 8-Member ‘Safety Advisory Council’ Stocked With Streamers, Cyberbullying Experts
  24. How the ‘Plandemic’ Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online
  25. Big Tech searches for a way back into healthcare: Despite past failures, Google and other tech giants see great promise in the sector
  26. Quarantine is a weirdly good time for animation: Going remote is giving animators lots of opportunities to shine.
  27. Nvidia ditches Intel, cozies up to AMD with its new DGX A100
  28. Huawei’s Google app loophole: Just keep re-releasing old devices
  29. Google CEO Sundar Pichai defends Pixel team, says “hardware is hard”
  30. Google-Fitbit Merger: Competition concerns and harms to consumers
  31. No, CDA 230 Isn’t The Only Thing Keeping Conservatives Off YouTube
  32. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 5/18/2020
  33. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 5/18/2020
  34. John Krasinski Tearfully Takes Hit YouTube Series ‘Some Good News’ On Hiatus
  35. YouTube Introduces New Grey ‘Clock’ Monetization Icon So Creators See Less Flip-Flopping
  36. YouTube’s First Virtual Brandcast Will Focus On Surging TV Viewership
  37. YouTube’s New Screen Time Management Feature Wants You To Go To Bed
  38. ‘YouTube Select’ Replaces Google Preferred Ad Program, With New Curated Content Lineups
  39. YouTube’s Virtual Graduation Ceremony Adds Beyoncé, Mark Rober, Emma Chamberlain To Lineup
  40. YouTube Music Names Latest Class Of Artists To Join Its Exclusive ‘Foundry’ Program
  41. Children’s Video Goliath ‘CoComelon’ Pacts With Roku In First Off-YouTube Distribution Deal
  42. James Charles’ YouTube Original Isn’t Just A Hit. It’s Catapulting The Channels Of Contestants.
  43. The Ad Council Taps Meghan Trainor, Addison Rae, Molly Burke For Mental Health Awareness Month
  44. $100 Million Deal Sees Joe Rogan’s Podcast Become A Spotify Exclusive—In Both Video And Audio Form
  45. Charli D’Amelio Accidentally Deleted — Then Quickly Reclaimed — Her Massive Instagram Account
  46. Houseparty Throws 3-Day Livestreaming Event Featuring Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Addison Rae
  47. After Years Of Fan Efforts, Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Cut Is Coming To HBO Max
  48. Apple TV+ Breaks From Originals-Only Plan To Acquire Legacy Films, TV Series (Report)
  49. Leaker claims to have seen “Apple Glass” AR glasses, details how they’ll work
  50. Rumor: Apple AR Glasses Leak Points to Name, Price & Possible Launch Window
  51. Apple confirms it bought virtual reality event startup NextVR
  52. Apple Confirms Acquisition of VR Live Streaming Company NextVR
  53. Apple acquired NextVR, suggesting it still harbors VR ambitions
  54. Apple reopens some US stores amid COVID-19, but they’ll work differently
  55. Samsung is Terminating Its VR Video Apps on All Devices
  56. Zoomism and Discipline for Productive Immobility
  57. Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible: Google Removes Podcast Addict From Play Store Because It Has COVID-19 Related Podcasts
  58. Rethinking Digital Platforms for the Post-COVID-19 Era: As COVID-19 is a concern, aspects of daily life will be mediated by platforms that see human interactions as content to be moderated, and data to be monetized
  59. Emergency Room Doctor: Getting Best COVID-19 Treatment Ideas Via WhatsApp
  60. Is ICANN retiring some top-level domains?
  61. International online education programs: A global regulatory perspective
  62. The challenges ahead for online courts
  63. Digital sources and digital archives: historical evidence in the digital age (Trevor Owens, Thomas Padilla)
  64. I’m a doctor with quadriplegia—thanks to tech, I’m back at work
  65. From iOS to SQL: The world’s most incorrectly pronounced tech terms

A.I.

  1. When audio deepfakes put words in Jay-Z’s mouth, did he have a legal case?
  2. People who know more about self-driving technology trust it more
  3. Our AI Future – Sexbots, Toilet Drones, and Robocops?
  4. Reboot Required: Artificial Intelligence System Cannot Be Named As An Inventor Under U.S. Patent Law, USPTO Says
  5. USPTO Refuses to Recognize AI Inventorship, but Policy Questions Still Linger
  6. Using AI to invent therapeutics: should artificial intelligence be recognised for inventive activity?
  7. OK Computer: the creation and integration of AI in Europe (Bernardo Buarquea, Ronald Davies, Ryan Hynes, Dieter Koglera)
  8. Artificial Intelligence | How much attention should you pay to legal risks and data governance?
  9. Blog: Open-world enemy AI in Mafia III

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Canadian Wireless Carriers Making A Killing During COVID-19, Won’t Remove Caps ‘For Safety’
  2. Beware Of Op/Eds Falsely Claiming The US Internet Only Works During A Pandemic Because Lobbyists Neutered The FCC
  3. Cell-tower attacks by idiots who claim 5G spreads COVID-19 reportedly hit US
  4. Idiots Begin Attacking US 5G Cell Towers Because, Idiots
  5. FCC Forced To Fine Sinclair $48 Million For Bullshitting Regulators
  6. Ajit Pai doubts Elon Musk’s SpaceX broadband-latency claims
  7. Bill Would Ban Broadband Shutoffs Until COVID-19 Pandemic Eases
  8. US and Chinese cloud companies vie for dominance in south-east Asia: Google, Amazon and Microsoft challenge Alibaba and Huawei in fastest-growing cloud market
  9. K-League 1 strikes record broadcasting rights deals following league restart

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. A welcome and timely boost for trade secret protection in Canada
  2. Fashion House Sued for Lively Snaps
  3. The makeup of protection of a makeup store layout: a missed chance to apply the Cofemel decision?
  4. Quaran-streaming: Music licensing and your online business
  5. Copyright Making Sure That MTV Remains An Irrelevant Relic, Rather Than A Cultural Icon
  6. What’s the Deal with Comedians?: Too Late for Copyright Claim against Seinfeld
  7. Victory for Michael Jordan After 8-Year Chinese Trademark Battle
  8. Google v Oracle: The Copyright Case of the Decade
  9. IP update: recent development in EU copyright law: stim & sami v fleetmanager Sweden ab & nordisk biluthyrning ab (c-753/18)
  10. Copyright As Censorship: WSJ Identifies Hundreds Of Bogus News Takedowns; People Blame Google Rather Than Copyright
  11. Libraries Have Never Needed Permission To Lend Books, And The Move To Change That Is A Big Problem
  12. Canadian Federal Court of Appeal applies new standard of review in appeal of registrar
  13. New Nice Classification requirements – do classes matter in Canada?
  14. Sussex Royal – if at first you don’t succeed…
  15. What businesses need to consider before a brand (re)launch: lessons from SUSSEX ROYAL
  16. Federal Circuit Holds Packaging Color Combinations Can Be Inherently Distinctive
  17. The Parameters of Generic Marks: Booking.com before the Supreme Court
  18. Don’t SULKA: Trademark Plaintiff Must Demonstrate Intent, Ability to Use Mark
  19. No Luck Needed for Lucky Brand at the Supreme Court
  20. Supreme Court Rules Lucky Brand’s Defense Not Barred Under Defense Preclusion
  21. Get Lucky: U.S. Supreme Court Sides With Lucky Brand in Overturning “Defense Preclusion” Ruling
  22. The Supreme Court Declines to Revamp Preclusion Law in Lucky v. Marcel Trademark Dispute
  23. A Lucky Day for Lucky Brand: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Second Circuit’s Defense Preclusion Test
  24. Defense in Trademark Action Not Precluded by Failure to Raise Same Defense in Earlier Action
  25. Romag Fasteners: SCOTUS Holds That Plaintiffs in Trademark Suits Need Not Show “Willful Intent” of Infringement to Recover Damages for Lost Profits
  26. IP Insight: DC Comics Prevail in Trade Mark Opposition against Magic Box
  27. HT Media and Hindustan Media Venture c. Brainlink International on hindustan.com: the chess game is underway
  28. Gömböc: CJEU provides clarity on the protectability of 3D trade marks
  29. How to bring an intermediary to justice in a domain name dispute
  30. WIPO data reveals rise in international trademark applications originating from Africa
  31. Focusing on Functionality, Software Claims Found Patent Eligible
  32. The “Plotting” Thickens: Claims that Solve Known Problem with Known Methods Are Obvious
  33. First decision under amended PMNOC Regulations: Federal Court finds Amgen’s filgrastim patent obvious
  34. G 3/19 – Tomatoes and Broccoli Now Overturned
  35. EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal Decision G 3/19 and the patentability of plant and animal products in Europe
  36. European Patent Office denies patentability of plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes (G 3/19 “Pepper”)
  37. “Delivery Failed”: Shopping Notification Patent Lost Under § 101
  38. Managing Your VR/AR IP Portfolio During Covid-19
  39. Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Patent Prosecution Update: 2020 Q1 Prosecution Statistics
  40. Thinking ahead: The impact of insolvency on IP rights

PRIVACY

  1. Cookies: A Bite in Cybernauts’ Privacy? A Canadian-European Overview
  2. It’s Impossible To Opt Out Of Android’s Ad Tracking; Max Schrems Aims To Change That
  3. Court Sends Google Assistant Privacy Lawsuit Back for a Redo
  4. A Spectacularly Bad Washington Post Story on Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification Project
  5. Now The Washington Post Misleadingly Complains About Google & Apple Protecting Your Privacy Too Much
  6. As Some Are Requiring People To Give Up Their Info To Dine, Stories Of Creeps Abusing That Info Come Out
  7. COVID-19 contact tracing hits Apple devices with iOS and iPadOS 13.5
  8. Privacy commissioners urge respect for privacy rights in using contact-tracing apps
  9. Everyone Agrees That Contact Tracing Apps Are Key To Bringing COVID-19 Under Control; Iceland Has Tried Them, And Isn’t So Sure
  10. The Case For Contact Tracing Apps Built On Apple And Google’s Exposure Notification System
  11. CSIS says proposed federal privacy reforms could hinder spy operations: Spy agency laid out argument in a 14-page submission to the Justice Department
  12. FBI Holds Press Conference To Claim Apple Prevented It From [Checks Notes] Verifying Attribution In The Pensacola Air Base Shooting
  13. iPhone crypto hid al-Qaida link to naval base shooting, AG fumes
  14. Uh Oh: FBI Serves Search Warrant On Senator Richard Burr, Seizes His Phone
  15. Senate passes spying bill without search and browsing history protections [Updated]
  16. Senate Passes Surveillance Reauthorization Bill 80-16 — One Stripped Of Almost All Of Its Reforms
  17. Can a company charge a fee for responding to a right to be forgotten request?
  18. Connected Vehicles and GDPR – A Status Update after the Public Consultation
  19. India was already a surveillance state. Its Covid-19 app goes even further
  20. Fever-Detecting Drones Don’t Work
  21. London’s Facial Recognition Rollout Trips Over The Pandemic As Facemasks Render The System Even More Useless

CREATIVITY   

  1. Top Things To Know Before Running a Contest in Canada
  2. Judge Tells Devin Nunes’ Dad (And Lawyer Stephen Biss) To Put Up Or Shut Up In Defamation Lawsuit Over Esquire Article
  3. European Film Bonds A/S & other v Lotus Holdings LLC & others [2020]: High Court judgment in favour of film completion guarantors who have successfully avoided a potential liability of over €18 million.
  4. Seventh Circuit Rejects Court Intervention In Light Beer Ad Wars: Is A New Trend Brewing In False Advertising Law?

Jon

News of the Week; May 13, 2020

GAMES

  1. Nintendo files lawsuit barrage to take down Super Mario 64 PC port
  2. A year of Riot’s diversity and inclusivity efforts mean it now employs 1% more women: And US operations have 1% more underrepresented minorities
  3. Riot “can’t solve society” but commits to combatting player abuse in Valorant: “Harassment and bullying in games is not a status quo I’m comfortable accepting,” says executive producer
  4. Riot wants to curb toxicity in Valorant without putting the burden on targeted players
  5. Riot Games’ Social Impact Fund has raised $10m so far: So far, the fund has provided $8 million in grands and funding to over 50 nonprofits
  6. Gaming Emote Litigation: Battle Royale Ensues Over Fortnite Emotes with Plaintiffs Testing Different Causes of Action
  7. Fortnite surpasses 350 million registered players
  8. Crytek Delays Launch of Lawsuit Against Star Citizen Devs Before Suddenly Settling
  9. Finnish Hockey League Championship Decided Via Stand-In Esports Playoff
  10. Ex-Respawn devs set up new studio Gravity Well as anti-crunch and pro-remote work
  11. Can video games depict war responsibly?: On the eve of the 75th VE Day, we explore how developers engage players in military conflict
  12. Animal Crossing boosts Nintendo sales despite COVID-19
  13. Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 11.77 million copies in under two weeks
  14. Animal Crossing New Horizons hits 13.4m sales
  15. Animal Crossing New Leaf took six years to reach 12.6m sales — New Horizons surpassed it in six weeks
  16. UK Charts: Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales surge 135%
  17. Nintendo praises Switch momentum as lifetime sales eclipse 55 million units
  18. Switch passes 55m lifetime sales in a strong year for Nintendo: Pokémon and Animal Crossing were the standouts among 27 Switch titles that sold more than one million units
  19. Sales up at Nintendo due to ‘significant growth’ across the entire Switch family
  20. Animal Crossing is now the best-selling Switch game of all time in Japan: Island getaway game has sold 3.9 million copies, beat Final Fantasy 7 Remake in latest monthly charts
  21. Animal Crossing: New Horizons and its impact on a pandemic-stricken world
  22. Tales From The Quarantine: People Are Selling ‘Animal Crossing’ Bells For Real Cash After Layoffs
  23. Nintendo forecasts down year amid COVID-19 uncertainty: Switch maker expects to sell 17% fewer games, 9.6% less hardware for the fiscal year that started last month
  24. PlatinumGames apologises for blank Switch codes following The Wonderful 101 delay: Kickstarter backers complained of malfunctioning or empty codes, Japanese studio working on replacements
  25. Grand strategy title Stellaris has sold over 3 million copies in four years
  26. Twitch viewers watched 334m hours of Valorant in April: It was the most popular game on Twitch, and drove the rise of new streamers to the top ten
  27. Report: games market to generate $159 billion in 2020 thanks to coronavirus (Newzoo)
  28. Mobile games to see the least negative impact from COVID-19: Newzoo – All platforms will see growth, but low barrier to entry and simpler development will bolster mobile
  29. Report: COVID-19 spurns 45% growth in livestreaming viewership (StreamElements)
  30. COVID-19 and the Games Industry: Opportunities and Challenges
  31. Q&A: How Jackbox CEO Mike Bilder is grappling with quarantine-driven success
  32. The Resident Evil series has sold 98m units to date: Monster Hunter has sold 63 million total, Street Fighter is at 44 million
  33. Digital revenue and packaged game sales driving growth at Sega Sammy
  34. Surge in packaged games drive Sega’s full-year sales to $3.4bn: Boxed products were biggest revenue driver for games business, but future releases may be delayed by COVID-19
  35. Zynga posts its best-ever Q1 by way of $404 million in revenue
  36. Zynga COO: We could work from home forever if needed – Matt Bromberg says the social gaming company hasn’t skipped a beat because of social distancing
  37. Sledgehammer COO: “We’re ready and prepared to work this way indefinitely” – Andrew Wilson says the studio has overcome most work-from-home tech hurdles, but mental health still a challenge
  38. Sales down, profits up at Capcom
  39. Capcom posts record profits on sharply down sales: Despite revenues down 18.4% year-over-year, shift to higher-margin digital sales drives Monster Hunter maker’s bottom line
  40. Playrix sees best month ever as Gardenscapes lifetime revenue nears $2b – Sensor Tower: Mobile games publisher has surpassed 1.1 billion downloads across its entire portfolio
  41. Rogue Games nets $2 million to expand publishing business
  42. Rogue Games raises $2m toward expanding its publishing business: In total, the mobile publisher has raised $3.4 million
  43. Lack of big releases sees Square Enix sales drop to $2.4bn: But profits and operating income still show increases thanks to Final Fantasy XIV and Dragon Quest X expansions
  44. Nexon’s Q1 takes a hit from closure of PC gaming cafes in China: But Korean revenue remains strong due to MapleStory, FIFA Online 4
  45. Avalanche pushes in a new direction with Systemic Reaction: The Swedish firm’s rebranded self-publishing division is aiming for faster development with smaller teams
  46. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 will be remastered for a second time in Sept 2020
  47. The Culling is coming back, this time swapping free-to-play for one-free-play-per-day
  48. Xbox “set some wrong expectations” for next-gen livestream: Microsoft and Ubisoft mollify fans expecting to see promised Xbox Series X gameplay
  49. Xbox Series X showcase redefines “gameplay” | Podcast: Latest episode available now, focusing on last week’s special episode of Inside Xbox
  50. Some Xbox Series X games won’t hit 60fps “performance target”
  51. Microsoft shows off 13 “launch window” games for Xbox Series X
  52. New IP dominates first Xbox Series X game reveals: Nine new games will use Xbox’s ‘Smart Delivery’ offering that allows gamers to buy a game once for use across all Xbox consoles
  53. Every Xbox Series X game announced by Microsoft today: That’s a lot of games!
  54. Epic debuts free Online Services to help devs build cross-platform, cross-play games
  55. Devs using Unreal Engine won’t owe Epic royalties on a game’s first $1 million
  56. Unreal Engine is now royalty-free until a game makes a whopping $1 million
  57. Epic’s next-gen bid to knock down the walled garden: Tim Sweeney, Kim Libreri, and Nick Penwarden discuss Unreal Engine 5, next-gen development, and Epic’s efforts to make both open and accessible
  58. Epic Games announces Unreal Engine 5 with first PS5 footage: Beginning today, Epic will waive royalties on the first $1 million in game revenue for all Unreal Engine games
  59. Epic reveals next-gen Unreal Engine 5 tech running on PlayStation 5
  60. PS4 sales down at Sony, but network services revenue gets ‘significant’ boost
  61. Sony’s games business declines as new generation looms: PS4 sales passed 110m units in a down fiscal year, but PS5 is still set to launch in 2020
  62. First-party PlayStation games to be collected under new PlayStation Studios brand
  63. Sony announces new PlayStation Studios branding for its first-party PS5 games
  64. PlayStation Studios brand will launch alongside PS5: Check out the video that will open upcoming first-party PlayStation games
  65. Sony has suspended the PlayStation Store in mainland China to upgrade security
  66. Sony temporarily closes PlayStation Store in China: Platform holder says it is improving store security, no reopening date given
  67. Niko Partners: COVID-19 may slow consumer adoption of next-gen consoles
  68. UK: Ads on social media for esports betting come under the microscope
  69. Activision Blizzard brings in betting monitoring firm to observe its esports leagues: Overwatch League, Call of Duty League enter multi-year partnership with Sportradar
  70. Esports & the global pandemic
  71. Electronic Arts shifts playbook for all-digital esports events
  72. Fantasy sports firm Sleeper turns to esports after $20m round: Series B funding round closes ahead of new League of Legends fantasy esports game
  73. We talk esports vs. a pro racing simulator with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans
  74. Hologate Wants Its New VR Arcade Hygiene Standards to Inspire Confidence in a Wary Public
  75. Researchers Say Head-mounted Haptics Can Combat Smooth Locomotion Discomfort in VR
  76. VR could seize its moment — if the big players would cooperate | Opinion: VR has an opportunity to break out, but the mess of competing standards is holding back the whole sector
  77. Maze Theory raises £1.4m for Doctor Who VR trilogy: Studio receives investment from UK Creative Content EIS Fund, plus a second grant from government programme
  78. Can video games depict war responsibly?: On the eve of the 75th VE Day, we explore how developers engage players in military conflict
  79. Growing mobile games through user acquisition: Nordeus’ Andrej Kugonič takes a deep dive into UA for the GamesIndustry.biz Academy
  80. Starbreeze cuts losses by $7.2 million, calls Payday 3 publishing talks ‘positive’
  81. Starbreeze cuts losses to $9.9m: Payday 3 publishing plans hindered by travel restrictions
  82. Streaming startup Parsec raises $7m in funding: Series A round will fund push into streamed gameplay and remote development
  83. Scavengers Studio ends active development on Darwin Project
  84. How World of Warcraft has evolved with the Internet
  85. Here’s the surprisingly sweet origin story behind New Horizons’ sea bass gag
  86. Don’t Miss: Writing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to ‘hold a mirror up to the world’
  87. Don’t Miss: Chris Crawford wants game devs to do long-term planning
  88. Don’t Miss: Ken Rolston’s development secrets of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  89. Don’t Miss: A postmortem of Treyarch’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater for the Dreamcast
  90. Don’t Miss: Paradox Development Studio’s postmortem of Stellaris
  91. Q&A: Re-imagining 1998’s Half-Life for a 2020 audience in Black Mesa
  92. Video: Behind the beautiful audio of PSVR game Paper Beast
  93. Video: Balancing visuals and performance while art directing Forza
  94. Video: Using deep reinforcement learning for NPCs and playtesting
  95. Video: Understanding different specialties & approaches in game production
  96. Blog: Understanding open world level design – Part 1
  97. Blog: A data-filled deep dive into LudoNarraCon
  98. Blog: The calming effect of low stakes games4
  99. Blog: Tilemaps – More than a grid
  100. Insights: With Metaverse Talk Common Amid Pandemic, We’re Ready To Be ‘Player One’ Almost Anywhere Else
  101. U.S. Patent no. 10,315, 108: Local application quick start with cloud transitioning

DIGITAL

  1. Facebook will pay $52 million in settlement with moderators who developed PTSD on the job: Current and former moderators will all be paid a minimum of $1,000
  2. Facebook Agrees To Pay $52 Million To Content Moderators Whose Work Affected Their Mental Health
  3. Facebook settles moderator suit for $52M as hate speech on site increases
  4. As Facebook Agrees To Pay $52 Million In PTSD Payments To Moderators, Why Are Some Demanding More Human Moderators?
  5. Facebook’s Supreme Court Is In Place… And Everyone Hates It, Because Facebook Makes Everyone Hate Everything
  6. Amazon Sued For Saying You’ve ‘Bought’ Movies That It Can Take Away From You
  7. Amid Pandemic, Dozens Of Health Professionals Petition For Tech Companies To Curtail Misinformation
  8. Anti-Trump Ad Demonstrates Both The Streisand Effect & Masnick’s Impossibility Theorem
  9. How covid-19 conspiracy theorists are exploiting YouTube culture: Covid-19 conspiracy theorists are still getting millions of views on YouTube, even as the platform cracks down on health misinformation.
  10. YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter Crack Down On COVID-19 Conspiracy Film ‘Plandemic’
  11. Twitter failing to curb misinformation “superspreaders,” report warns
  12. Twitter Making It Easier To Study The Public Discussions Around COVID-19
  13. ‘Smart’ Home Platform Wink Changes The Deal, Suddenly Imposes Subscription Fees
  14. Beyond Netflix and Spotify, what subscriptions are worth keeping in quarantine?
  15. Netflix’s first interactive sitcom: Good for laughs, deserves a better app
  16. Hamilton is coming to Disney+ a year early—just in time for Fourth of July
  17. YouTube Accelerates Launch Of Connected TV Ad Products Amid Coronavirus Viewership Boom
  18. YouTube’s FameBit Shutters Self-Service Influencer Marketing Platform To Prioritize In-House Matchmaking
  19. YouTube TV Adds BET, MTV, Comedy Central, Nick In Multi-Year Deal With ViacomCBS
  20. YouTube TV Adds ‘Court TV’ To Expanding Channel Lineup
  21. Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Company that Added “Blockchain” To Its Name
  22. Twitch Developing Weekly Slate Of Unscripted, Interactive Shows (Report)
  23. ‘Twitch Roulette’ Spins Up Random Streamers With Few Viewers
  24. Jeffrey Katzenberg On Quibi’s 1.3 Million Active Users: “It’s Not Close To What We Wanted”
  25. Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Ego Decides That COVID-19 Must Be Why Quibi Totally Sucks And No One Wants It
  26. Studio71 And YouTube Animator Alex Clark Are Crowdfunding A Card Game
  27. YouTube Creator Corey La Barrie Has Tragically Passed Away On His 25th Birthday
  28. Family Of Late YouTuber Corey La Barrie Launches GoFundMe For Memorial Expenses
  29. Paul Vasquez, YouTube’s Joyful ‘Double Rainbow Guy,’ Has Passed Away Age 57
  30. YouTubers Kristin And Marcus Johns Both Recovering From Surgery After Devastating Hit-And-Run
  31. Studio71 UK Is Bringing TLC YouTube Series ‘Countdown To I Do’ To The Small Screen
  32. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 5/11/2020
  33. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 5/11/2020
  34. How Ad Council, Collectively, And Digital Brand Architects Are Evaluating Social Good Campaigns During COVID-19
  35. To compete with Gmail, Microsoft reveals plans for new Web-based Outlook features
  36. Bon Appétit’s Beloved ‘Test Kitchen’ Crew To Host Coronavirus Benefit Dinner On Instagram Live
  37. Charli And Dixie D’Amelio No Longer Affiliated With ‘The Hype House’ As A Business
  38. NBC Picks Up ‘A Little Late With Lilly Singh’ For Season Two, But Won’t Film Remotely
  39. BroadbandTV Signs Competitive Eater Matt Stonie, Jesse Wellens, Others
  40. English Law Challenges in Recovering Cryptocurrency Ransoms
  41. Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs scraps its ambitious Toronto project
  42. Thunderspy: What it is, why it’s not scary, and what to do about it
  43. Coronavirus: Google ends plans for smart city in Toronto
  44. Google unifies messenger teams, plans “more coherent vision”
  45. Google Play Music dies this year, YT Music library imports begin today
  46. TikTok Goes On Hiring Spree In London, Which Will Serve As Center Of European Ops (Report)
  47. Facebook’s New Features Are Meant To Help Small Businesses See More “Virtual Foot Traffic”
  48. Zoomism and Discipline for Productive Immobility
  49. Choose your quarantine meme house: A taxonomy of the pandemic’s greatest meme hits.
  50. Bitcoin’s “halving” is bad for miners, good for everyone else
  51. What Do Platforms Do? Understanding the Gig Economy (Steven Vallas & Juliet B. Schor)

A.I.

  1. Thomson Reuters Accuses Ross Intelligence of Using Bot to Hijack Westlaw Data: Lawsuit against San Francisco-based Ross Intelligence could outline the often adversarial coexistence of copyrights and artificial intelligence.
  2. ROSS Fires Back At Thomson Reuters Over Data Case
  3. France is using AI to check whether people are wearing masks on public transport: The technology won’t be used to identify and punish individuals
  4. Blurring the Lines: When AI Creates Art Is It Copyrightable?
  5. CAA Signs Its First Virtual Client: Computer-Generated Instagrammer Miquela
  6. Shuttered restaurants, bars, hotels speed up TV cord-cutting even more
  7. All’s Clear for Deepfakes: Think Again
  8. Why Fake Video, Audio May Not Be As Powerful In Spreading Disinformation As Feared
  9. FTC Consumer Protection Director Provides Guidance on Use of Artificial Intelligence in Automated Decision-Making
  10. This ‘Beat Saber’ Project Uses AI to Generate Custom Beat Maps for Any Song
  11. Building the AI of F.E.A.R. with goal oriented action planning
  12. Response to the European Commission’s White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (Elettra Bietti)
  13. U.S. AI and IoT Legislative Update – First Quarter 2020
  14. Regulating Text and Data Mining in the European Union: Issues and Challenges

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Why “Taking On” Google and Facebook Isn’t the Cure for the Media Sector’s Ills (Michael Geist)
  2. Shuttered restaurants, bars, hotels speed up TV cord-cutting even more
  3. No, Congress Can’t Fix The Broken US Broadband Market In A Mad Dash During A Pandemic
  4. COVID-19 Is Exposing A Virulent Strain Of Broadband Market Failure Denialism
  5. FCC fines Sinclair $48M, refuses to revoke its broadcast licenses
  6. FCC Makes it Easier for Broadcasters and Cable Operators to Rehire Laid Off Employees
  7. US military is furious at FCC over 5G plan that could interfere with GPS
  8. ISPs Finally Lifted Data Caps. It Only Took A Global Pandemic
  9. Comcast resists call to open home Wi-Fi hotspots, cites potential congestion
  10. Verizon’s nationwide 5G will only be a “small” upgrade over 4G at first
  11. Study Shows US 5G Is An Over-hyped Disappointment
  12. New AT&T CEO Says You’re A Moron If You Don’t Use AT&T Streaming Services
  13. Democrats try to ban Internet shutoffs until pandemic is over

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Wiseau Studio, LLC et al v Harper et al, (2020 ONSC 2504)
  2. Ontario Court finds room for fair dealing in documentary on The Room
  3. Intellectual Property litigation in the Federal Court
  4. Second Circuit Clicks “I Agree” Affirming Website Agreement Protects Web Application from Misappropriation by Users
  5. Fair Use Protects a Highly Cropped Photo–Harbus v. Manhattan Institute (Eric Goldman)
  6. “I’m [Not] Yours”
  7. “I’m Yours” Not Theirs: Jason Mraz Settles Dispute Over Beer Ad’s Allegedly Unauthorized Use of Performance Footage on Instagram
  8. Court Of Appeals Affirms Lower Court Tossing BS ‘Comedians In Cars’ Copyright Lawsuit
  9. Sixth Circuit Concurrence Fears Courts May Be Groovin’ to the Wrong Tune in Copyright Cases
  10. Eleventh Circuit: Guitar Designer Wasn’t Taking a Solo
  11. Second Circuit Limits Copyright Damages To Those Incurred Within Three Years Prior to Suit
  12. Does copyright subsist in the Brompton Folding Bicycle?
  13. Does the Cofemel decision mark the end of “artistic value”?
  14. Copyright protection for fabric designs
  15. Monkey Business (and Other Animal Non-Rights)
  16. Copyright Troll Richard Liebowitz Has Two Separate Courts Sanction Him For His Ongoing Copyright Trolling Failures
  17. Supreme Court: Willfulness Not Required for Profits Awards in Trademark Infringement Actions
  18. Supreme Court Holds Trademark Infringement Does Not Require a Finding of “Willful” Infringement To Recover an Award of Profits
  19. Without a Willfulness Requirement, Is the Path Clearer for Brand Owners to Pursue and Recover Trademark Damages?
  20. Supreme Court clarifies rules for remedies in trademark litigation
  21. Whether or not there’s a will, there’s still a way to infringers’ profits in Canadian trademark litigation
  22. Trademark Law Alert – A Book Title Sometimes May Prevent Registration of the Same Term for Other Goods
  23. 2(b) Prohibition On “Flag Marks” Bars Use of Flag as Part of a Mark
  24. Coachella may not be cancelled – but its EU trade mark has been
  25. Say It With Me Now, Australia: Beer And Wine Are Not The Same Thing, Not Even For Trademarks
  26. Freedom of expression counts in trademark law
  27. [Insert Yell Here]: Rapper Pitbull Receives Trademark Registration for “EEEEEEEYOOOOOO!” Sound Mark
  28. NCAA Issues New Name, Image, Likeness Guidance
  29. The Face(David)Off
  30. Bongo’s Bingo and Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah cause IP Hoo-Hah
  31. SkyKick: High Court narrows Sky’s trade mark protection and criticises the use of trade marks as a weapon
  32. Justices Voice Reservations About a Bright-line Genericness Test in Booking.com
  33. Can a mathematical mystery be registered as a trade mark?
  34. Tiger King – Battle of the Big Cat Trade Marks
  35. National Geographic Defeats Trademark Suit Over ‘Wild America’ and ‘Untamed Americas’ Claim
  36. Patent Filings Doom Registered Trade Dress in Seventh Circuit
  37. Combination Litigation: Recent Software Disputes at the Intersection of Trade Secret, Copyright and Patent Law
  38. Federal Circuit Rules that Moving Software to the Cloud Alone Is Obvious
  39. Importance of Determining Inventorship Prior to Patent Issuance
  40. Patentability of Covid-19 smartphone apps at the EPO
  41. Fed. Cir.: Threat of Suit Over Past Infringement Confers Standing
  42. The Federal Circuit Dismisses Pfizer’s Appeal for Lack of Standing
  43. Object detection in an augmented reality image: insufficiently disclosed
  44. Obvious to the Bone: Teva Wins Opposition against Eli Lilly’s Patent Application Covering Osteoporosis Blockbuster FORTEO®
  45. Analysis of the innovativeness of “zanubrutinib” from a patent perspective
  46. Finite Methods as a Ground for Obviousness
  47. The deadlock on the unified patent convention
  48. Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Germany’s Highest Court tells SEP implementers that simply saying that you are willing to license is not enough, and hold-out will not be tolerated
  49. The UKIPO investigates AI-powered prior art searches
  50. How combining blockchain technology and AI could benefit patent analysis
  51. The Inventinator: May AI “Inventors” get Patents?
  52. USPTO: Artificial Intelligence Systems Cannot Legally Invent
  53. Creative COVID-19 Collaborations – IP Agreements that Work
  54. White House Identifies Amazon Foreign Domains as “Notorious Markets” for Counterfeit Goods
  55. Federal Circuit Patent Update
  56. IP Litigation Quarterly Update

PRIVACY

  1. India is forcing people to use its covid app, unlike any other democracy: Millions of Indians have no choice but to download the country’s tracking technology if they want to keep their jobs or avoid reprisals.
  2. Zoom Reaches Agreement with New York Attorney General to Resolve Privacy and Security Issues
  3. Zoom to Implement New Security Measures in Deal with NY Attorney General
  4. Utah Pulls Plug On Surveillance Contractor After CEO’s Past As A White Supremacist Surfaces
  5. Google’s Privacy Policy Can’t Save it From Smartphone Spying Claim: California Privacy Laws Tested in Suit Alleging Big Tech is Letting Subcontractors Listen in on Your Conversations
  6. Cookie walls invalidate consent, says EDPB
  7. In Response To Getting Sued, Clearview Is Dumping All Of Its Private Customers
  8. EU Data Protection: Updated EDPB Guidance on Consent Clarifies the Mechanism for Cookie Consent
  9. The EU is trying to fix its abysmal cookie consent policy: The pain of cookie consent mechanisms is an international problem
  10. EUROPE: New privacy rules for connected vehicles in Europe?
  11. Conflict Between the Right to Privacy and the Right to Public Health: Global Phenomenon and Coronavirus Outbreak
  12. Your Boss May Soon Track You At Work For Coronavirus Safety
  13. Privacy litigation in the age of coronavirus
  14. As More Students Sit Online Exams Under Lockdown Conditions, Remote Proctoring Services Carry Out Intrusive Surveillance

CREATIVITY   

  1. “Happy Cows” False Labeling Theory is Just “Half Baked”: Court Dismisses False Advertising Claims Against Ben & Jerry’s
  2. Counterclaims on the Cutting-Room Floor: How a Central District Court Cut Down the Writers Guild’s Countersuit Against Hollywood’s Talent Agencies
  3. HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Limited [2020] EWHC 1058 (Ch)
  4. Bud Light’s win on “corn syrup” ad offers valuable lessons on false advertisement claims
  5. Whoops! Whooper ad banned by the ASA
  6. The Impact of COVID-19 on Media and Entertainment Industry Transactions
  7. Art Law: Introduction
  8. First-step analysis: art law in USA (New York)
  9. Top 3 Legal Predictions on Fashion Law for 2020

Jon

News of the Week; May 6, 2020

GAMES

  1. Microsoft facing controller drift suit: Plaintiff in class-action suit says Xbox One controllers have problems with faulty analog sticks
  2. Who Owns the Ink?
  3. Billy Mitchell suing Twin Galaxies over disqualified Donkey Kong scores: Former record holder asserts leaderboard site “at least implied [that he was a cheater]”
  4. Billy Mitchell takes his Donkey Kong high-score cheating case to court
  5. No More Monkeying Around – Donkey Kong High Score Record Holder Sues Video Game Leaderboard For Defamation
  6. Drama in iRacing as IndyCar champ wrecks F1 star on purpose
  7. Why the makers of Plague Inc. are building a mode where you destroy the virus
  8. Sony says The Last of Us Part 2 leak didn’t leak from employees
  9. Sony says major The Last of Us Part 2 leak didn’t come from employee
  10. Proposed Anti-Spying Legislation May Not Be Cause for Alarm for Gamers in Congress
  11. Australia integrity boss eyes corruption threat in online games
  12. Gambling Games by Another Name? District Court Offers Clarity On Line Between Social Gaming and Gambling.
  13. ESRB and PEGI Introduce Loot Box Warnings
  14. Video Games: What’s in for the ‘Look and Feel’?
  15. Are bootleg game soundtracks damaging the industry?: The popularity of video game music clashes with its lack of availability in physical formats — we examine both sides of this complex issue
  16. Report: Work-from-home issues to blame as Nintendo axes June Direct
  17. Fans Port Mario 64 To PC And Make It Way Better, So Of Course Nintendo Is Trying To Nuke The Project
  18. Generating Game of Thrones characters in Skyrim’s character creator
  19. Beyond emulation: The massive effort to reverse-engineer N64 source code
  20. Shooter genre sees the most growth on PC in the midst of social isolation
  21. Roblox believes user-generated content will bring us the Metaverse
  22. Roblox Corp launches $2 million fundraiser to support COVID-19 charities
  23. Xbox Game Pass now has over 10 million subscribers
  24. Xbox Game Pass now has more than 10 million subscribers
  25. Why Gears Tactics is an important release for modern Xbox
  26. Phil Spencer says COVID-19 could delay Xbox Series X launch titles
  27. Amid “Significant Reduction” In Q1 Ad Buys, Video Game Marketing Is Showing “Relative Strength,” Facebook Says
  28. Rovio profits soar to $14 million as UA spending is cut by almost half
  29. Gaming viewership, playtime surged in China under lockdown: Niko Partners – But ad revenue dropped, and players gravitated toward familiar, not new, titles
  30. The “COVID bounce” in games shouldn’t obscure what lies ahead | Opinion: The spike in interest and revenue is temporary, says MIDiA Research’s Karol Severin, and will likely give way to recession and harder times
  31. MicroProse brand, known for X-COM and Civilization, has been revived
  32. MicroProse returns after two decade absence: The storied publisher is back with three new games, 18 years since its last release
  33. The resurrection of MicroProse and return of “Wild Bill” Stealey: The original publisher’s co-founder explains how he’s helping the new MicroProse’s CEO restore the brand to former glories
  34. Multiple EA titles are headed to Nintendo Switch this year: Publisher also planning a fourth sports title, an HD remake, and next-gen upgrades for some current games
  35. Electronic Arts beats investor expectations with $1.39 billion in Q4 revenue
  36. Live services drive fiscal 2020 rebound for EA: Publisher enjoys record net revenues, plans for continued focus on live services into 2021
  37. UK Charts: FIFA 20 reclaims No.1 from Animal Crossing New Horizons – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe speeds back into the top five
  38. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp enjoys halo effect from New Horizons: April was the mobile title’s highest ever month for revenue, according to Sensor Tower’s data
  39. How Animal Crossing’s fake industries let players afford real rent amid COVID-19
  40. Activision Blizzard bookings up 21% amid pandemic: New Call of Duty on track for fall, two other Activision IP titles in the works for current fiscal year
  41. Activision Blizzard posts $1.79 billion Q1 revenues as pandemic creates gaming surge
  42. Activision Blizzard raises full year outlooks as Q1 revenue beats expectations
  43. Activision Blizzard now fully WFH and covering employees’ COVID-19 costs
  44. Sensor Tower receives $45m investment: Private equity firm Riverwood Capital invests following record year for Sensor Tower
  45. After deadline issues for Doom Eternal’s OST, a new composer will score its DLC
  46. THQ Nordic and Koch Media trade IPs: Franchise swaps put Red Faction and Risen series closer to their original developers; Painkiller, Sacred, and more change hands
  47. Google’s Stadia controller will finally work wirelessly with computers starting this week: But it still won’t work wirelessly with a phone
  48. Cloud Gaming: Why It Matters And The Games It Will Create
  49. The impact of one streamer on a game after release
  50. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla won’t be launching on Steam
  51. New Guild Wars 2 content won’t have voice acting at launch due to COVID-19
  52. Indivisible publisher 505 Games says release tool mishap caused surprise launch
  53. Video Game Chic
  54. PewDiePie Signs Exclusive Livestreaming Deal With YouTube
  55. PewDiePie signs exclusivity deal with YouTube: Video platform secures live streaming rights for its most-subscribed content creator, with 104 million followers
  56. NBA 2K League to air live on ESPN2: Sports network gives esports league matches three Tuesday primetime slots this month
  57. ESPN to air live NBA 2K League games: On ESPN2, ESPN.com, and the ESPN app, depending on when you’re watching
  58. Tulip mania? The business of esports and its time in the sun
  59. Twitch is launching a dedicated esports channel
  60. Esports Conglomerate ReKTGlobal Pacts With Management Company TalentX On Gamer-Focused Firm
  61. RektGlobal launches talent agency for esports athletes and influencers: TalentX Gaming is a joint venture with TalentX Entertainment
  62. Fortnite World Cup and Dota 2 International cancelled
  63. There won’t be a Fortnite World Cup in 2020: All competitions will be online this year
  64. Epic Games Axes Second Annual ‘Fortnite World Cup’ Due To Coronavirus
  65. Fortnite Streamer Ewok Pens Sponsorship Deal with HyperX
  66. Fortnite’s newest mode cuts combat to create a purely social space
  67. Valve indefinitely delays Dota 2’s The International 2020: Valve’s annual Dota 2 championship is the latest event impacted by COVID-19
  68. Valve Drops Support for SteamVR on MacOS
  69. Valve drops SteamVR support for MacOS
  70. Valve ends support for SteamVR on macOS
  71. Analysis: ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Adds Nearly 1 Million VR Users to Steam in Record Gain
  72. Half-Life: Alyx triggers surge in new VR users on Steam: But number of Steam players with virtual reality headsets is still less than 2%
  73. The Half-Life effect on PC-VR is the biggest Steam has ever seen
  74. Report: Facebook is working on an updated version of its Oculus Quest VR headset
  75. Magic Leap warns of “critical” battery safety issue
  76. Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. v. Corel, Inc.
  77. Sega launches new Sega Music brand
  78. The latest Unreal Engine update adds initial support for next-gen consoles
  79. Epic updates Unreal Engine to support next-gen development: Version 4.25 allows developers to build and ship games for PS5, Xbox Series X
  80. Microsoft will build Xbox Series X buzz with monthly ‘Xbox 20/20’ showcase
  81. Guilded raises $7m to build gaming chat platform
  82. Guilded raises $7 million to expand its community-focused game chat platform
  83. My.Games launches $10m hypercasual publishing programme
  84. My.Games launches $10 million publishing program for hyper-casual developers 
  85. Finnish studio Dazzle Rocks nets $6.8 million to build social sandbox MMO
  86. Dazzle Rocks raises $6.8m for new social sandbox game: Galaxy Interactive leads Series A funding for Helsinki studio
  87. EA reports net revenue of $5.5 billion for fiscal 2020
  88. EA reaped $5.5 billion in revenue last year, most of which came from digital dealings
  89. Zynga reports $104M loss for Q1 despite record-setting revenues
  90. Zynga posts its best-ever Q1 by way of $404 million in revenue
  91. Zynga continues to post soaring revenues and deepening losses: For the fifth straight quarter, publisher says the bottom line has been hurt by success of 2018 acquisitions
  92. How big is too big for a popular game? | Opinion
  93. Review: Sagrada, a top dice-drafting board game, goes digital
  94. Unity has acquired visual scripting solution Bolt
  95. War Stories: How Prince of Persia slew the Apple II’s memory limitations
  96. Prince of Persia concept video appears—and confirms why series has been dormant
  97. Have a look at this pitch footage for a canned Prince of Persia game
  98. Don’t Miss: Creating a natural movement system for Dying Light
  99. Don’t Miss: A level designer breaks down The Last of Us 2’s trailer level
  100. Don’t Miss: A classic postmortem of BioWare’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  101. Don’t Miss: Balancing storytelling and player choice in Prey
  102. Don’t Miss: Examining the pay-to-flay monetization of Mortal Kombat X
  103. Don’t Miss: Games, psychology, and UX with Celia Hodent – GDC Podcast ep. 8
  104. Blog: Should players buy their own UI?
  105. Blog: Developing games for the Sinclair Spectrum Plus
  106. Blog: Tips for marketing your queer narrative indie game
  107. Blog: Anatomy of a failed Kickstarter – Part 3
  108. Blog: Five lessons learned growing a game dev start-up
  109. Blog: How to crack the match 3 code – Part 1
  110. Video: How NetEase applied reinforcement learning to build game AI
  111. Tales From The Quarantine: ‘Queer Eye’ Guy Now Offering Support And Advice On Your Video Game Home Furnishings
  112. Summer Game Fest 2020 Steps in to Fill E3 Void for Video-Game Biz
  113. GDC’s summer event will be digital only: The conference returns, sort of, in August
  114. Global Game Jam founders Susan Gold and Gorm Lai leave after 12 years
  115. U.S. Patent no. 10,313,679: Systems and methods for encoder-guided adaptive-quality rendering

DIGITAL

  1. Bye, Amazon (Tim Bray)
  2. Amazon VP Tim Bray Quits To Protest Employee Firings
  3. Amazon Vice President: ‘I Quit in Dismay’ at Company Firing Whistleblowers
  4. Tim Bray, Early Internet Guru, And Amazon VP Quits Over The ‘Chickenshit’ Company’s Targeting Of Employees Speaking Out About COVID-19
  5. An Amazon VP’s resignation has cast a spotlight on the company’s working conditions
  6. An Amazon VP’s resignation shows internal unrest is rising to the top: Tim Bray wrote that staying an Amazon VP would have meant “signing off on actions I despised.”
  7. “Chickens**t” whistleblower firings are “poison,” resigning Amazon VP says
  8. The Pandemic Has Ended the Amazon Debate: It’s clearer than ever that supporting Amazon is a tacit endorsement of abusive work policies and more
  9. An Amazon warehouse worker in New York has died of COVID-19: Amazon confirmed the death to The Verge
  10. House Panel Wants Bezos to Testify in Antitrust Probe: Amazon reportedly used sensitive seller information to develop its own competing products.
  11. Congress wants Jeff Bezos to testify in Amazon antitrust probe: A House subcommittee is scrutinizing whether the company unfairly competes against its own marketplace sellers.
  12. Amazon locks down internal employee communications amid organizing efforts
  13. Congress calls on Bezos to come explain Amazon’s possible lies
  14. The Decentralized Web Could Help Preserve The Internet’s Data For 1,000 Years. Here’s Why We Need IPFS To Build It.
  15. A Sure Way to Ruin My Day: The Phrase “Enforceable Browsewrap”–HealthplanCRM v. Avmed
  16. California sues to make Uber and Lyft drivers employees
  17. Uber lays off 3,700 people as its ride business craters
  18. Illinois Supreme Court Finds Daily Fantasy Sports to Be Legal, Rejects DFS Loser’s Gambling Loss Recovery Act Claim
  19. Is It Illegal to Prohibit Online Selling?: High Court has ruled on whether it is illegal for a business to restrict online selling by its retailers under competition law – Ping Europe Limited v Competition and Markets Authority
  20. Here We Go Again: Russia Gears Up to Interfere in 2020 Election With Coronavirus Disinformation: A campaign linked to Russia aims to manipulate this year’s elections in the United States and Europe.
  21. Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup: The dawn of a pandemic – as seen through the news and social media posts that vanished from China’s internet.
  22. How Can Anyone Argue With A Straight Face That China’s Approach To Speech Online Is Better Than The US’s During A Pandemic
  23. China Tried To Get The EU Not To Release A Report On China’s COVID-19 Disinformation Efforts
  24. Cambodian Government Using Fake News Law To Silence Critics And Coronavirus Reporting
  25. Being Too Aggressive At Policing COVID-19 Disinformation Risks Breaking The Important ‘Collective Sensemaking Process’
  26. Coronavirus: David Icke kicked off Facebook – Facebook has taken down the official page of conspiracy theorist David Icke for publishing “health misinformation that could cause physical harm”.
  27. Ninth Circuit Revives Class Action Suit against Facebook for Selling Users’ Browsing History
  28. Court Approves Historic FTC-Facebook Settlement Giving Businesses 5 Billion Reasons to Reevaluate Privacy Programs
  29. Facebook’s Zuckerberg praises coronavirus lockdowns as Tesla’s Musk sees ‘fascism’
  30. Counter-archiving Facebook (Anat Ben-David)
  31. These are the people Facebook put in charge of deciding whether to delete controversial posts
  32. Why I’m Joining Facebook’s Oversight Board: Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on why the social media giant ‘needs independent, external oversight’
  33. How Facebook’s oversight board could rewrite the rules of the entire internet: The new content moderation board is built so other companies could get in on the action. That could be a mixed blessing.
  34. Texas Appeals Court Brushes Off Section 230 In Allowing Lawsuit Over Sex Trafficking Against Facebook To Continue
  35. If You’re Complaining About COVID-19 Misinformation Online AND About Section 230, You’re Doing It Wrong
  36. Armslist Wins Another Section 230 Ruling–Stokinger v. Armslist (Eric Goldman)
  37. Senator Wyden And Others Introduce Bill Calling The DOJ’s Bluff Regarding Its Attempt To Destroy Section 230 & Encryption
  38. Twitter runs a test prompting users to revise ‘harmful’ replies
  39. Another Suspended Twitter User Loses in Court–Wilson v. Twitter (Eric Goldman)
  40. Twitter tests telling users their tweet replies may be offensive
  41. Supreme Court Streams Oral Arguments Live For The First Time (Thanks To The Pandemic)
  42. In an unusual investor call, Apple reports flat quarterly earnings amid COVID-19
  43. How ‘Karen’ Became a Coronavirus Villain: A popular joke about entitled white women is now a big pandemic meme.
  44. ICANN blocks controversial sale of .org domain to a private equity firm
  45. ICANN Board Blocks The Sale Of The .Org Registry
  46. It’s a No-Win for Gig Workers in the Covid-19 Moment
  47. Hedge Fund ‘Asshole’ Destroying Local News & Firing Reporters Wants Google & Facebook To Just Hand Him More Money
  48. Zoom matchmaking is giving lockdown singletons a shot at love: A reinvention of traditional matchmaking is helping the single, bored, and lonely meet like-minded people, wherever they might live.
  49. Zoom Video Conferencing: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Implications
  50. Google Meet, Google’s Zoom competitor, gets wider Gmail integration
  51. New earnings report shows Microsoft’s shift to cloud and subscriptions is working
  52. ‘What are we doing this for?’: Doctors are fed up with conspiracies ravaging ERs: “I left work and I felt so deflated,” one doctor said about an effort to counter misinformation he saw on Facebook. “I let it get to me.”
  53. Medical students learn through virtual clinical rotations
  54. In rural Oklahoma, a Wi-Fi hot spot brings a dash of hope and excitement: At high schools, libraries, parking lots &  side streets, Americans are tapping public Wi-Fi hot spots that are lifelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
  55. Zoom says it has 300 million daily meeting participants, not users
  56. Deplatforming: Following extreme Internet celebrities to Telegram and alternative social media
  57. The Power and Perils of Influencer Marketing: Recent Developments, Competition Considerations and Best Practices
  58. NFL Draft Prompts Big Social Media Spike
  59. YouTube Taps Barack And Michelle Obama, BTS, Jackie Aina, More For Virtual Graduation Event
  60. CAA Signs YouTube Beauty Guru Rachel Levin (Exclusive)
  61. YouTube Expands Recommendation-Filtering Feature ‘Topics’ To iOS, Browser Site
  62. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 5/04/2020
  63. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 5/04/2020
  64. YouTube To Let News Publishers Natively Vend Their Own Subscription Products By Year’s End (Report)
  65. Boots on the Moon! Netflix drops official Space Force trailer
  66. Hulu Becomes Latest HBO Max Launch Partner, Will Upgrade Current HBO Add-Ons For Free
  67. The Promise – and Risk – of a Career in TikTok: For many young people, being a paid content creator on social media is the dream job. But it’s not as easy as it may look.
  68. TikTok Has Reportedly Surpassed 2 Billion Global App Downloads
  69. Candidates Can’t Campaign, So They’re Trying To Go Viral: Down-ballot candidates are starting to look a lot like influencers
  70. The Biden campaign faces a mind-boggling challenge: How to make Joe go viral – The ex-veep’s small digital team has a tall order going up against Donald Trump, who intuitively understands what clicks.
  71. Straight from Monty Python – Implied Warranties: The British Columbia Dead Parrot Case
  72. This baby goat live stream is the mood-booster we need: Play, eat, sleep, repeat
  73. This Mental Health App Is Tailor-Made for Your Pandemic Woes: Covid Coach, from the National Center for PTSD, offers exercises and resources for dealing with uncertainty, isolation, and unemployment.
  74. Google tells employees they can’t expense food or other perks when working from home
  75. Google—Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200: Why the Tech Giant Is a “Bad” Monopoly (Alicia Ginsberg)
  76. Justin And Hailey Bieber Debut Self-Shot Facebook Watch Series During Quarantine
  77. Eko’s Tech Theft Lawsuit Against Quibi To Be Funded By New Investor Elliott Management Corp. (Report)
  78. Quibi Denies Purposely Leaking Users’ Emails, But Has Retooled Its Sign-Up Process
  79. Quibi Turns To YouTube For Audience Growth, Uploading Full Episodes Of Select Originals
  80. Quibi Is What Happens When Hollywood Overvalues Content And Undervalues Community
  81. Hulu Becomes Latest HBO Max Launch Partner, Will Upgrade Current HBO Add-Ons For Free
  82. Disney hammered by coronavirus shutdowns as operating income drops 37 percent
  83. The Black Box and Japanese Discourses of the Digital (David Humphrey)
  84. On the Relief of Ignoring the Internet in Fiction: Joyce Hinnefeld Considers the Obstacles of Digital Obsolescence
  85. After the Tech-Lash: Digital Policy Priorities in the Post-Pandemic World (Michael Geist)

A.I.

  1. Jukebox: Introducing Jukebox, a neural net that generates music, including rudimentary singing, as raw audio in a variety of genres and artist styles. We’re releasing the model weights and code to explore the generated samples.
  2. To Invent is Human: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Rejects AI System as an Inventor
  3. Video: How 343 uses machine learning for optimal matchmaking
  4. US patent office rules that artificial intelligence cannot be a legal inventor: Only ‘natural persons’ need apply
  5. Does An Invention Discovered With Artificial Intelligence Obtain Patent Protection?
  6. Ha Ha, Our New Robot Overlords Can’t Get Patents
  7. USPTO denies patent application for invention by AI
  8. USPTO Rules Artificial Intelligence Cannot Be Named As Inventor for Patent Application
  9. Harrisburg University Researchers Claim Their ‘Unbiased’ Facial Recognition Software Can Identify Potential Criminals
  10. AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus
  11. Drone-to-door medicines trial takes flight in Ireland
  12. An AI algorithm inspired by how kids learn is harder to confuse
  13. How well can algorithms recognize your masked face?
  14. How coronavirus set the stage for a techno-future with robots and AI
  15. “Deepfake” Technology: Very Real Marketing Value … and Risks
  16. Harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) to increase wellbeing for all: The case for a new technology diplomacy
  17. Volvo plans cars with lidar and “eyes off” highway driving by 2022
  18. US FTC Publishes Guidance on Using Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Advocacy group wants CRTC to do more to protect privacy amid contact tracing debate: Telecommunications Act requires privacy protections and monitoring and disclosing of contact tracing
  2. NYT defeats Ajit Pai as judge orders FCC to provide net neutrality records
  3. Judge Orders FCC To Hand Over Data On Fake Net Neutrality Comments
  4. CenturyLink still hasn’t met 2019 FCC deadline, now faces pandemic roadblocks
  5. AT&T CEO Steps Down After Bungled, Megamerger-Fueled TV Failure
  6. ‘Job Creating’ Sprint T-Mobile Merger Triggers Estimated 6,000 Non-Covid Layoffs
  7. Federal Communications Commission Penalizes Marriott Vacations for Unauthorized Transfer of Private Radio Licenses
  8. Comcast overcharged elderly couple $600, denied refund until contacted by Ars
  9. Comcast Graciously Extends Suspension Of Completely Unnecessary Data Caps
  10. Frontier, amid bankruptcy, is suspected of lying about broadband expansion
  11. What’s New in 5G – May 2020

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. York University statement on recent court decision regarding Access Copyright
  2. Supreme Court May Weigh In on the Legality of Data Scraping
  3. Supreme Court Offers Guidance Regarding Eligibility of State Legislative Records for Protection Under the Copyright Act
  4. Allen v. Cooper and Georgia v. Public.Resource.org: The Supreme Court Navigates the Relationship Between State Government and Federal Copyright Law
  5. Jennifer Lopez sued for copyright infringement
  6. Once Upon a Time: Everything was Copyrighted
  7. 11th Circuit Tells Guitar Maker to Take a [Pantera] Walk on Delayed Copyright Claims
  8. Ricky Martin’s “Vida” Lives On, but Plaintiff Will Get Another Shot at It
  9. Hiring out cars with radios is not a “communication to the public”
  10. IP in Street Arts
  11. Surely Not The Equivalent Of The Mona Lisa?*
  12. EU Joins In The Bullying Of South Africa For Daring To Adopt US-Style Fair Use Principles
  13. IP Alert: Two Recent IP Rulings Have Far-Reaching Consequences
  14. Show me the money: Supreme Court rules that trademark infringers may disgorge profits even if the law was not willfully violated
  15. Supreme Court Raises the Stakes Against Unauthorized Resellers: Willfulness No Longer Required for Manufacturers to Obtain Profits in Trademark Cases
  16. Court Sides With Nike And Dismisses Kawhi Leonard’s Lawsuit Over ‘Klaw’ Logo
  17. Remix Culture Done Right: Wes Tank Mashes Up Dr. Seuss With Dr. Dre (And So Far The Copyright Police Have Left Him Alone)
  18. Can Smells be Trademarks?
  19. Ardbeg v AlbergWhisky
  20. Luxury Arcade Game Win
  21. Lion’s head trade mark not sufficiently distinctive for Parisian brand Pierre Balmain
  22. Bentley Clothing wins trade mark battle against Bentley Motors
  23. Highest EU court pours hot water on Coty v Amazon case
  24. High Court disarms ‘weaponised’ TMs in landmark ruling
  25. There are more things …than are dreamt of in your philosophy: Damages for infringing a revoked and unused trademark? Yes says the CJEU…
  26. C‑622/18 – AR v Cooper International Spirits LLC and Others – Damages for trade mark infringement possible where trade mark revoked for non-use
  27. Sky v Skykick – High Court decision
  28. Skykick liable for infringement of Sky’s trade mark registrations even after they are held to be partially invalid
  29. Are second hand sales use of a registered trade mark?
  30. SCOTUS Livestreams Oral Arguments on BOOKING.COM Trademark Registerability
  31. As Twisted as Cheese!
  32. Supplementary protection for vaccines: Canada diverges from Europe
  33. USPTO Reports on Examination Outcomes Post-Alice
  34. U.S. Patent Office Report Shows Improving Post-Alice Patent Examination Outcomes
  35. Fish Hook Claims Can’t Catch a Patent
  36. Fishing for Eligibility in Murky Waters
  37. Wurst Case Scenario: Sausage Tray Design Patent Found Obvious
  38. An Invention That Changes the Normal Operation of a System Is Not Abstract Under § 101
  39. A History of the Solar Cell, in Patents
  40. Wearable Technologies and Intellectual Property: Stand Alone Software and Software as Medical Devices
  41. Patent Infringement for the Public Good
  42. Patents – public interest argument fails in medical devices case
  43. Most number of Patent Applications filed by?
  44. Patent Litigation Filings on the Increase with the COVID-19 Pandemic
  45. We’re Saved! Company Claims It’s Patented ‘Containing the Spread of Disinformation’ And Will Stop COVID-19 Disinfo

PRIVACY

  1. UK City Leaves Nearly Nine Million License Plate/Location Data Records Exposed On The Open Web
  2. Suspected DNC & German Parliament Hacker Used His Name As His Email Password
  3. A facial recognition company wants to help with contact tracing. A senator has questions.: Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That said it’s in discussions with federal and state agencies to help with contact tracing.
  4. Here’s how Apple, Google will warn you if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19
  5. Ethics of instantaneous contract tracing using mobile phone apps in the control of the COVID-19 pandemic
  6. Contact tracing, data and privacy: Technological choices in response to COVID-19
  7. Would you let Google, Apple contact-trace your family? Here’s what Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian says
  8. Court Filings Show NSO Group Ran Malware Attacks Through Servers Located In California
  9. Filings In Facebook’s Lawsuit Against NSO Show FBI Director Chris Wray Was For Encryption Before He Was Against It
  10. Hard Pass: Clearview Offers To Help Out With COVID-19 Contact Tracing
  11. Google Purged Almost 1,000 Abusive ‘Creeperware’ Apps. Now Some Are Coming Back.: Catch a Cheating Spouse now has more than 10,000 downloads
  12. Coronavirus Has Complicated California’s Internet Privacy Law: Business groups have asked the state to hold off on enforcement of privacy rules.
  13. South Korea is relying on technology to contain COVID-19, including measures that would break privacy laws in the US — and so far, it’s working
  14. Downloading COVID-19 contact tracing apps is a moral obligation
  15. Ring Docs Show Company Is Testing Consumer Enthusiasm For Facial Recognition, License Plate Reader Capabilities

CREATIVITY   

  1. A $750,000 Foot Long: Costs Awarded to CBC in Failed Subway Defamation Suit
  2. Court Tosses Former Sheriff Arpaio’s Attempt To Relitigate His Libel Lawsuit The Court Tossed Last Year
  3. Devin Nunes’ Lawyer Facing Sanctions, While Nunes Himself May Have To Pay His Opponents’ Legal Bills
  4. Court Slaps Down Corporal Punishment Defamation Case Against Broadcasting Corporation
  5. What’s the ASA’s ‘beef’ with Burger King?
  6. Media consortium seeking search warrants from Nova Scotia mass shooting: Halifax Judge says she’ll push to hold hearings as soon as possible
  7. Journalism, press freedom and COVID-19 (UNESCO)
  8. A Brave New Art World Online
  9. How Art Movements Tried to Make Sense of the World in the Wake of the 1918 Flu Pandemic
  10. Thinking Through Covid-19 Responses With Foucault – An Initial Overview
  11. AMC Theaters Pouts Like A Child Because NBC Universal Proved Movie Release Windows Are Nonsense
  12. 2H 2019 and Q1 2020 Quick Links, Part 6 (Pornography/CSAM) (Eric Goldman)
  13. 2H 2019 and Q1 2020 Quick Links, Part 7 (Content Moderation, Censorship, Defamation, & More) (Eric Goldman)

Jon

News of the Week; April 29, 2020

GAMES

  1. Coronavirus-themed game pulled from Steam in China: Coronavirus Attack developed in protest against Chinese government
  2. Fortnite’s Travis Scott concert attracts more than 12 million concurrent players
  3. Travis Scott’s In-Game ‘Fortnite’ Concert Nabs 12.3 Million Concurrents, Shattering All-Time Record
  4. Fortnite’s Travis Scott event reached 27.7m unique players: Updated figures show Epic’s playerbase took part in live concert 45.8 million times across the five events
  5. Fortnite’s virtual Travis Scott gig attracted a record 12.3 million concurrent players
  6. Fortnite’s “Party Royale” mode ditches the guns, asks players to “chill”
  7. Epic relents, puts Fortnite on Google Play: Company says it took 18 months to realize Google puts apps from outside its own Android storefront at a disadvantage
  8. Epic’s crusade against 30% takes a tumble | Opinion: Fortnite finally comes to the Google Play store, marking a significant setback for Epic Games’ quest to reduce the industry standard revenue share
  9. Sensor Tower revises European mobile game spending projections: COVID-19 impacts lead to expectations of slightly lower games revenues by 2022 across App Store, Google Play
  10. In F2P, chasing ‘whales’ is a mistake says Nexon CEO
  11. Google Play has been spreading advanced Android malware for years
  12. The Last of Us Part 2 leaked online: Major spoilers begin appearing online after gameplay and cutscenes leaked
  13. The Last of Us Part 2 gets a new release date: Naughty Dog’s sequel now planned for June 19; Ghost of Tsushima to follow in July
  14. Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike Global Offensive source code leaked: Valve – “We have not found any reason for players to be alarmed or avoid the current builds”
  15. Indivisible launches on Nintendo Switch without developer’s knowledge
  16. 160K Nintendo accounts hacked due to Nintendo Network ID security breach
  17. Nintendo closing ‘limited’ Wii U and 3DS eShops in the Caribbean and Latin America
  18. Nintendo closing 3DS and Wii U eShops in Latin America and the Caribbean
  19. Trials of Mana demo taken down after crackers use it to enable piracy
  20. Lack of representation in games is “partly an issue of values, partly an issue of bravery”: Jesse Schell discusses the development of superhero dating sim Mission: It’s Complicated
  21. Gaming should take cues from NASCAR’s response to Kyle Larson | Opinion: This week, NASCAR proved it’s possible to drop celebrities who make racist remarks — it’s about time gaming did the same
  22. DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive shutters Bratislava studio 
  23. How Bohemia’s “almost accidental” mod support became a staple of the studio: Karel Mořický talks about the benefits and challenges of the Arma and DayZ studio’s community development efforts
  24. Bohemia Interactive shuts down DayZ studio: Bohemia says decision was a mutual one between company and studio leadership
  25. Games getting us through COVID-19—blocks, roguelites, whatever Death Stranding is
  26. As Xbox hardware sales fall, stay-at-home orders help drive up content & services revenue
  27. Xbox’s Phil Spencer discusses “not exploiting” a global pandemic: Microsoft gaming boss assures business tactics have not changed as “big flood” of people come to Xbox for the first time
  28. Microsoft’s gaming revenues flat in Q3 2020
  29. Riot “looking into long-term solutions” to fight toxicity in Valorant
  30. Riot turns on ability to turn off kernel-level anti-cheat tool
  31. Riot Games offering up to $100,000 for Valorant exploits and security concerns: League of Legends publisher increases rewards in its Bug Bounty program, which has paid out $2 million to date
  32. Riot Games to set up shop in Singapore with new studio addition
  33. Riot Games to open new studio in Singapore: Company’s second Asia branch will also be headed up by Nathan Beemer
  34. Final Fantasy VII Remake ships 3.5m in three days: Square Enix says digital sales for PS4 exclusive launched earlier this month have been “exceptional”
  35. UK Charts: Physical game sales plunge 43%: Final Fantasy VII Remake tumbles to No.4
  36. EGDF survey shows fear of closure among European studios: Around 17% anticipate closure within three months due to the impact of COVID-19, says the EGDF’s Jari-Pekka Kaleva
  37. Epic Games Store now requires two-factor authentication to claim free games
  38. Transcend Fund is investing $50m in early stage game businesses: First announced investment was in Nifty Games’s upcoming licensed NFL mobile title
  39. Google abandons Stadia Base branding as it launches free tier: Free trials of Stadia Pro can essentially transition into free use of the service, now just called Stadia
  40. Game creation platform Crayta coming to Google Stadia this summer
  41. EA Partners With Google to Bring Games to Stadia Streaming Service
  42. PUBG comes to Google Stadia
  43. Stadia Connect brings PUBG to the cloud, details new ‘First on Stadia’ timed exclusives
  44. Stadia’s latest woe: Its PUBG port is overrun with official, crappy bots
  45. One million people have tried Google Stadia, mobile app estimates suggest
  46. Two months free offer pushes Stadia past 1m installs: Start of April saw biggest week of sign-ups to Google’s streaming service since launch
  47. Apple Arcade and App Store launching in 20 new countries: Brings the number of nations that can download iOS games to 175, with 500 million people using it every week
  48. Gaming Videos Keep Leveling Up Views Through March Into April
  49. UK games spending dipped to £5.35bn in 2019 ahead of next-gen consoles: Declines reported in both software and hardware revenues, but spending on games culture products is up almost 30%
  50. German games market grows to €6.2bn: Spending on in-game purchases helps drive growth despite the approach of next-generation consoles
  51. Blizzard co-founder Morhaime speculates on waning popularity of MMOs
  52. How Blizzard, Ubisoft, and other studios went remote in the time of COVID-19
  53. My.Games’ revenue and engagement spikes amid COVID-19 lockdown: Publisher fast-tracks digital storefront features to help players keep in touch during isolation
  54. GameStop starts re-opening stores closed by COVID-19: Retailer has begun the process of re-opening locations in Italy, Germany, Austria, and the states of South Carolina and Georgia
  55. Launching Streets of Rage 4 in the middle of a pandemic: Dotemu CEO Cyrille Imbert says production wasn’t hurt by COVID-19, but the long-term and psychological effects are still unknown
  56. Helsinki studio Reworks raises €4m: Funding round led by EQT Ventures, developer launches first title Redecor
  57. Stillfront Group acquires casual game maker Candywriter for $74.4 million
  58. Stillfront Group acquires Candywriter for at least $74m: Miami-based mobile developer of BitLife picked up amid growing series of acquisitions
  59. Scopely acquires Scrabble GO dev PierPlay
  60. 1939 Games secures $1.9m in latest funding round: Developer’s Second World War-themed digital card game Kards now boasts over 100,000 weekly active user
  61. Wolfenstein: The Board Game raises $480,000 on Kickstarter – Tabletop adaption of iconic board game franchise surpasses crowdfunding goal by over 1,000%
  62. Animal Crossing: New Horizons returns to No.1 in the UK – Switch boxed game sales surge as stock arrives on virtual shelves
  63. Animal Crossing New Horizons sold an estimated 5m digital units in March: Superdata – That’s a new record for the most digital units sold in a single month
  64. Around 160,000 Nintendo accounts comprised in data beach: Nintendo confirms breach following investigation into reports of unaurthourised third-parties accessing user accounts
  65. 160,000 Nintendo accounts were compromised—including one of ours
  66. Switch shortage reportedly driven by reseller bots: Free open-source tools are buying Nintendo’s console as soon as it is restocked
  67. Nintendo aims to boost Switch production: Company reportedly tells part suppliers to prepare for a 10% jump in output this year
  68. Activist investor ValueAct believes Nintendo can rival Netflix, Disney+: San Francisco company has built up $1.1 billion stake in the platform holder over the last year
  69. What’s fueling gaming content creator deals?: Peter Letz assesses the platform exclusivity trend and the surge in non-endemic brand interest in gaming personalities
  70. Bohemia Interactive shuts down DayZ studio
  71. Death Stranding PC delayed to July: Impact of working from home pushes Kojima Productions’ next release back by more than a month
  72. WWE 2K21 officially cancelled: WWE say there will be no game this year, publisher 2K Games teases more news on series’ future next week
  73. 2K names new WWE games boss ahead of series refresh: WWE 2K Battlegrounds to fill the void as simulation series takes a break
  74. Revenue up 43% at Team17 in 2019
  75. March US game sales jump 35% says NPD: Animal Crossing a stand-out success in a month of pandemic lockdowns and new releases
  76. Epic Games’ Live Meetup App Houseparty Has Gained 50 Million Users In 1 Month
  77. Tencent takes over China’s streaming market with $262m Huya stake: Company now dominates streaming space thanks to similar stake in Douyu, plus its own eGame platform
  78. Twitch Streamers Creating 89% More Sponcon, Getting 23% More Engagement Than They Did Pre-Pandemic (Report)
  79. New Facebook Gaming app to focus on streaming: Launch of the app brought forward as gaming surges during the global COVID-19 lockdown
  80. UK games industry launches ‘Games for Carers’ initiative to thank NHS workers
  81. Over 85,000 games made available for free to NHS workersz: Dozens of game companies partner with UKIE and Keymailer to support front line staff
  82. Side Quest aims to get 100,000 young people to build their first game at home: New UK industry initiative offers free software, masterclasses, and community to new, learning developers
  83. Facebook launches a dedicated gaming app to take on Twitch and YouTube
  84. Facebook Debuts Dedicated—And Ad-Free—Gaming App Months Before Planned Release
  85. Facebook Is Cool With Disguised Toast Revisiting Twitch—So Long As He’s Not Streaming Gaming Content
  86. Focus Home Interactive catalog pushes sales up 13%: World War Z publisher brought in €142.8 million as digital accounted for 82% of all sales, up from 66% the previous year
  87. Valve’s advice for making your game thrive after launch: Discovery on Steam is vital for indie developers — Valve’s Sophie Mackey offers six ways to improve your game’s visibility
  88. Valve’s top tips for launching a game on Steam: The GamesIndustry.biz Academy delves into localisation, wishlists, game tags, and other tools to ensure the best possible launch on Steam
  89. Gearbox is working on a Brothers in Arms TV series
  90. Morhaime says WoW accessibility push hurt social experience
  91. Call of Duty: Warzone off to strong start in China’s March streaming rankings
  92. PUBG Global Series cancelled, digital competition to replace it: PUBG Continental Series to offer total prize pool of $2.4m
  93. Call of Duty: Mobile esports tournament gets $1m prize pool – Competing teams will be drawn directly from the game’s community through four open qualifiers, starting April 30
  94. NHL Jumps On The Esports Bandwagon With Players Tournament, NHL Channel Broadcast
  95. Opera Event raises $5 million to help esports influencers join forces with advertisers
  96. FaZe Clan Raises $40 Million In Series A From Slew Of Top Rappers, Athletes, Music Execs
  97. FaZe Clan Forges Merch Deal With NFL In Honor Of League’s First Virtual Draft
  98. FaZe Clan Establishes ‘FaZe Studios’ To Create, Acquire Premium Projects For Film And TV
  99. Nintendo closing ‘limited’ Wii U and 3DS eShops in the Caribbean and Latin America
  100. Jagex sold for $530m: Fukong Interactive also sells RuneScape developer’s parent company to Macarthur Fortune Holding
  101. Scopely acquires Scrabble Go studio PierPlay: Strong early performance of Scrabble Go led to acquisition of the Los Angeles-based mobile developer
  102. Magic Leap lays off people “at every level”: AR company says pandemic prompted need to manage costs, shift focus away from consumer products to enterprise market
  103. Valve Ends SteamVR Support For macOS
  104. SuperData trims $1.4B off 2020 XR revenue projections as COVID-19 impacts supply
  105. Superdata downgrades XR projections for 2020 through 2023: COVID-19 manufacturing slowdown brings anticipated 2020 revenue down to $6.3 billion
  106. Disruptor Beam rebrands as Beamable: Star Trek Timelines studio drops games development to focus on back-end tech for free-to-play games
  107. Inkle turns to crowdsourcing for upcoming game Pendragon: Award-winning indie studio opens up for short stories submissions
  108. Finnish studio Reworks nets $4.3 million to grow home design game Redecor
  109. AuthorDigital nets $5.5 million to open new studio Adept Games
  110. Hello Neighbor test pilot racks up 11m views in a week: “The ‘indie publishing’ business is dead. It’s a game of brands now,” says developer
  111. Rovio slashes user acquisition spend to improve profits in Q1: Cost savings lead to 50% profit increase despite declining revenues
  112. The German game market grew by 6 percent in 2019 thanks to in-game spending
  113. Can virtual nature be a good substitute for the great outdoors? The science says yes.
  114. Music theory meets game theory in 400+ episodes of a great game-music podcast
  115. With Schools Shut Down, Educators Turn To Video Games To Help Educate Students
  116. What impact is COVID-19 having on video game deals? | Opinion: Wiggin LLP’s Ciaran Hickey and Gerard Lee discuss the prospects for investments and acquisitions during a pandemic
  117. Demand for Chinese, Italian localizations dipped last year: Translation firm LocalizeDirect says Thai, Polish, Turkish, and Vietnamese translations becoming more popular
  118. The uncertain, unflinching future of games media: Upon his departure from Kotaku to Bloomberg News, Jason Schreier talks about his experiences as a reporter, and games journalism’s present and upcoming challenges
  119. Dealing with delays, contracts and confidentiality during lockdown: Harbottle & Lewis’ Kostya Lobov offers advice on how to adapt to the pandemic without causing legal problems
  120. Techland’s shelved Hellraid project lives on as DLC in Dying Light
  121. Ziggurat Interactive acquires catalog of 3DO titles from Prism Entertainment
  122. How Manticore’s new Core platform aims to bring fresh blood into game dev
  123. How deeply personal RPG The Wagadu Chronicles explores new realms of Afrofantasy
  124. Don’t Miss: How Trinket found the right recipe while designing Battle Chef Brigade
  125. Don’t Miss: Games that cleverly incorporate texting and web browsing
  126. Don’t Miss: Behind the audio of Total War: Three Kingdoms
  127. Don’t Miss: How Bloodborne’s design makes players the experience points
  128. Don’t Miss: An in-depth look at the physics of trains in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  129. Blog: Black Mesa project lead Adam Engels on building the ambitious Half-Life mod
  130. Blog: Tales from Discoverabilityland – A story of three graphs
  131. Blog: Examining floating point combat systems
  132. Blog: Recording statistics – An exercise in minimalism
  133. Humble’s Conquer COVID-19 bundle raises $6.5 million for pandemic relief
  134. Bethesda donates $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts
  135. Bethesda donates $1m to COVID-19 relief charities: Direct Relief, UNICEF, charities local to company’s studios to receive donations

DIGITAL

  1. How Facebook Works for Trump: Donald Trump won the presidency by using the social network’s advertising machinery in exactly the way the company wanted. He’s poised to do it again.
  2. Facebook Still Can’t Dismiss Sex Trafficking Victims’ Lawsuit in Texas State Court (Eric Goldman)
  3. Public Colleges Are Violating The 1st Amendment In Using Facebook Filters
  4. New York AG’s office questions Amazon over “inadequate” COVID-19 safety
  5. Senator pushes DOJ to launch criminal antitrust probe of Amazon: The other eleventy zillion probes are all civil matters.
  6. Amazon’s white-collar workers are starting to stand up for their blue-collar colleagues
  7. Why Am I Paying $60 for That Bag of Rice on Amazon.com?
  8. Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t
  9. Many supposedly grassroots reopen sites are tied to one pro-gun lobbyist
  10. Craigslist Denied Section 230 Immunity for Classified Ads from 2008–ML v. Craigslist (Eric Goldman)
  11. Section 230 Protects Hyperlinks in #MeToo “Whisper Network”–Comyack v. Giannella (Eric Goldman)
  12. Lime’s User Agreement Sends Another Case to Arbitration–Babcock v. Neutron (Eric Goldman)
  13. WhatsApp’s new limit cuts virality of ‘highly forwarded’ messages by 70%
  14. Snapchat’s Latest Ad Product Lets Marketers Purchase The ‘First Commercial’ Viewers See
  15. TikTok Is Sharing Proprietary Ad Performance Metrics And Targeting Data With Its New Partner, Sprinklr
  16. TikTok Will Let Parents Pair With Their Kids’ Accounts, Removes Direct Messaging For Those 16 And Under
  17. This Record Label Is Changing The Titles Of Songs That Go Viral On TikTok
  18. TikTok spikes persuade more labels to change track titles
  19. TikTok Ad Agency ‘The Network Effect’ Drives Billions Of Views By Partnering With Passionate Creators
  20. Charli D’Amelio Continues TikTok Reign As First Creator To Cross 50 Million Followers
  21. A3 Artists Signs Popular Pomeranian Jiffpom, With 20 Million TikTok Followers
  22. TikTok Hosting Weeklong Virtual Prom For Quarantined Teens With Patrick Starrr, Diplo, More
  23. TikTok Tests Ecommerce Waters With Branded ‘Small Gestures’ Program
  24. TikTok Added 12 Million Unique U.S. Visitors In March, As Watch-Time Surges In Quarantine
  25. Quibi Says It’ll Let Users Cast To TVs Next Month, Reveals Top 5 Most-Watched Originals To Date
  26. Wanted: New Tools To Tame the Wild West of the Internet
  27. Nvidia promises no layoffs, accelerating raises to help staff during pandemic: Technology firm says it will put “tens of millions of dollars in the hands of our families in the coming months.”
  28. Spotify launches curated podcast playlists in a bid to make the platform a podcast tastemaker: Localized playlists for six countries
  29. Netflix adds a ‘screen lock’ feature to prevent accidental pauses: Save yourself frustration by locking your screen
  30. Netflix Gained A Record-Setting 15.77 Million New Subscribers Last Quarter
  31. Disney and the unequal reality of coronavirus America
  32. Disney+ is giving us a peek behind the curtain of Mandalorian’s first season
  33. Disney Says If You Tweet #MayThe4th At It, You’re Agreeing To A Disney Terms Of Use (You’re Not)
  34. Tech giants set to lose billions in ad revenue in virus shutdown
  35. Facebook’s Non-advertising Revenue ‘primarily driven by Oculus,’ up 80% to $297M
  36. Facebook Comes For Zoom With New Videoconferencing Feature ‘Messenger Rooms’
  37. Google Meet, Google’s Zoom competitor, is now free for everyone
  38. Covid-19 has caused a major spike in anti-Chinese and anti-Semitic hate speech: Exclusive data shows that the pandemic has led to an extraordinary increase in hate speech, racism and incitements of violence online. 
  39. Game Of (Internet) Life: How Social Media Reacts To Questionable News
  40. Public Interest Groups Ask Social Media Platforms To Preserve Data Regarding COVID-19 Content Moderation For Future Study
  41. HHS’ New Spokesman So Good At Communications Strategy That He Thinks He Can Delete Tweets From The Internet
  42. Casey Neistat Joined Celebs In A Twitch-Streamed Poker Tournament That Raised $1.75 Million For Feeding America
  43. Insights: Grading Video Streaming Services Six Weeks Into The Pandemic
  44. First Oxford vaccine woman alive after FAKE death reports
  45. The Very Real Threat of Trump’s Deepfake: The president’s first use of a manipulated video of his opponent is a test of the boundaries.
  46. For the Love of God, Not Everything Is a Deepfake: Donald Trump retweeted a gif of Joe Biden with his tongue out. No, it’s not a deepfake—or the end of democracy.
  47. Jay-Z Claims Copyright On Audio Deepfake Of Him Reciting Hamlet
  48. Facebook’s name-and-shame coronavirus groups are hellish: Thousands of people have joined ‘name and shame’ groups on Facebook. But these digital vigilantes can wreak havoc on innocent people’s lives
  49. Messenger Rooms are Facebook’s answer to Zoom and Houseparty for the pandemic
  50. Snap Stock Surges On User, Revenue Growth; Calls Out ‘Nikita Unfilitered’ For 20 Million Views
  51. Looking for Likes: Social Media Post Results in Unintended License to Share Photograph
  52. Bing disables “trending” feature after wildly inappropriate results
  53. Price Gouging Takedowns – The Online Platforms Have a Say
  54. Vox Furloughs Roughly 100 Staffers As Pandemic Continues To Hit Digital Media Business
  55. Show but don’t tell: why silent Zooms are golden for focusing the mind
  56. Will It Still be “In” When It Gets Here? Online Fashion Retailer Agrees to Largest Ever Settlement for Slow Deliveries
  57. Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake Launches Instagram Series To Help Viewers Cope Through Coronavirus Crisis
  58. Instagram’s New Charity Tool Lets Creators Raise Funds While Livestreaming
  59. Sheriff Sued After Threatening To Arrest A High School Student Over Her Coronavirus-Related Instagram Posts
  60. How covid-19 could bring about new social contracts around data: The crisis could lead to a lasting shift in how we think about data. If we get this right we’ll see radically more data sharing where there is a public interest
  61. Crypto Company ‘Ripple’ Files Suit Against YouTube For Failing To Quell Giveaway Scams
  62. MrBeast’s ‘Creator Games’ Is YouTube’s Most-Watched Live Original Ever, With 662K Concurrent Viewers
  63. At 15, coronavirus is forcing YouTube to grow up faster
  64. YouTube Combats COVID-19 Conspiracies With Fact-Checking Panels In Search Results
  65. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Chats Site’s Evolving Policies, Viewership Trends Amid Coronavirus Crisis
  66. YouTube Changes Partner Lineup For Its Three-Year-Old ‘Measurement Program’
  67. YouTube Spaces Unveil Virtual Resources For Creators In Light Of Social Distancing
  68. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 4/20/2020
  69. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 4/27/2020
  70. Bon Appétit’s ‘Test Kitchen’ Crew To Host YouTube Variety Show Benefiting Coronavirus Relief
  71. YouTube Announces Slate Of COVID-19 Specials Starring MrBeast, Lele Pons, Luisito Comunica, More
  72. 200,000 Live Viewers Tune Into Premiere Of James Charles’ YouTube Competition
  73. YouTube Generated $4.04 Billion In Q1 Ad Revenue, But Brands Are Buying Less Inventory
  74. RuPaul’s DragCon Shifts Exclusively To YouTube In Wake Of Coronavirus Cancellation
  75. HBO Max Sets May 27 Launch, $14.99-Per-Month Price Tag
  76. Despite Sign-Up And Income Surge For Creators, Patreon Lays Off 13% Of Workforce
  77. Let there be light: the new must-have for celebrities in lockdown
  78. As We’re All Living, Working, And Socializing Via The Internet… MIT Tech Review Says It Proves Silicon Valley Innovation Is A Myth
  79. Walmart To Sell Video Rental And Streaming Service Vudu To NBCUniversal-Owned Fandango
  80. Warner Bros.’ Digital Studio Stage 13 Asks Fans To Share Love For Local Asian Eateries Amid Pandemic
  81. Insights: Old-School Stars Forced Online Will Help Change Hollywood Long After Pandemic
  82. Decade-Old Digital Talent Firm Gleam Futures Launches ‘Entertainment’ Unit For Traditional Celebs
  83. Cannes Lions Replaces Cancelled Festival With ‘Lions Live,’ A Monthlong Educational Event For Creatives
  84. ‘It’s like a sexy story just for me’ – how lockdown has triggered a wave of sexting: From celebrities posting photographs to sharing erotic challenges with each other, getting risqué online has become a welcome distraction
  85. Getting the next phase of remote learning right in higher education
  86. A Cryptocurrency Technology Finds New Use Tackling Coronavirus: Blockchain could be an efficient way to source medical equipment or validate Covid-19 immunity, experts say
  87. Balloons to Deliver Emergency Internet Across Kenya
  88. 2H 2019 and Q1 2020 Quick Links, Part 4 (Section 230) (Eric Goldman)
  89. Canadian Internet law update – 2019 (Bradley Freedman)
  90. Domain Name Disputes: ICANN Public Comment Period – Open through May 4, 2020
  91. Data Waste (Elettra Bietti & Roxana Vatanparast)

A.I.

  1. Politics of Adversarial Machine Learning: Adversarial machine-learning attacks and defenses have political dimensions
  2. Politics of Adversarial Machine Learning (Kendra Albert, Jonathon Penney, Bruce Schneier, Ram Shankar Siva Kumar)
  3. USPTO: AI Cannot Be Named as Inventor on Patent
  4. Covid-19: the rise of a global collective intelligence?
  5. Israel is using AI to flag high-risk covid-19 patients
  6. Doctors are using AI to triage covid-19 patients. The tools may be here to stay: Faced with staff shortages and patient loads, a growing number of hospitals are turning to automated tools to help them manage the pandemic.
  7. Hospitals are using AI to predict the decline of Covid-19 patients — before knowing it works
  8. Latin America Hopes Big Data Can Beat the Virus. But There Are Risks.
  9. AI can’t solve this: The coronavirus could be highlighting just how overhyped the industry is
  10. The Scramble for Delivery Robots Is On and Startups Can Barely Keep Up: Adoption of robots and drones carrying goods speeds up as a frightened world craves safe delivery of everything from medical supplies to food.
  11. LAPD’s Failed Predictive Policing Program The Latest COVID-19 Victim
  12. Companies bet on AI cameras to track social distancing, limit liability
  13. The pandemic is bringing us closer to our robot takeout future
  14. Blog: The story of AI-powered interactive drama Facade
  15. Blog: Using machine learning to create AI opponents
  16. Video: Better animation through machine learning
  17. Does the US Tax Code Favor Automation? (Daron Acemoglu, Andrea Manera, Pascual Restrepo)
  18. Bodies, Brains, and Machines: An Exploration of the Relationship between the Material and Affective States of Librarians and Information Systems (Stacy Allison-Cassin)

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Ajit Pai uses bad data to claim ISPs are deploying broadband to everyone
  2. As Pandemic Exposes US Broadband Failures, FCC Report Declares Everything Is Fine
  3. TV ‘Cord Cutters’ Will Be The Majority By 2022
  4. Pandemic Builds Momentum for Broadband Infrastructure Upgrade: Coronavirus crisis shows need for widespread high-speed internet in U.S. homes
  5. Corona in 5G: A lesson to be learnt from the current crisis is that Europe needs to avoid being dependent in sensitive areas of production
  6. Media Roles in the Online News Domain: Authorities and Emergent Audience Brokers
  7. NY AG Opens Inquiry After Charter Spectrum Bungles Its Coronavirus Response
  8. FCC Issues Guidance on TV License Renewals and Announces New Ownership Question on Radio Renewals
  9. FCC Clarifies Certain Political Record-Keeping Requirements
  10. The FCC ratified Wi-Fi 6E this morning
  11. Space X Starlink Beta Starts In 6 Months, Bringing A Glimmer Of Hope To Crappy US Broadband Market
  12. AT&T CEO retiring as telco plans for three years of cost cuts and layoffs
  13. AT&T Preps For Even More Cuts After $42 Billion+ In Trump Tax Cuts And Regulatory Favors
  14. Comcast waives data cap until at least June 30 in response to pandemic
  15. Fancy That: Comcast’s Network Holding Up Fine Without Usage Caps

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Federal Court of Appeal Deals Access Copyright Huge Blow As It Overturns York University Copyright Decision (Michael Geist)
  2. The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 48: Sam Trosow and Lisa Macklem on Copyright and Fair Dealing During a Pandemic (Michael Geist)
  3. Access Copyright v. York – The Next Chapter
  4. Federal Court of Appeal Finds That Tariffs Certified by the Copyright Board Are Not Mandatory, and Fair Dealing Guidelines Are Not a Shield
  5. Canadian Publishing Group Says France Has The Right Idea, Presses For Its Own Google Tax
  6. Digital books and ownership rights in the information age
  7. Too Late Blues for Guitar Maker’s Copyright Ownership Claims
  8. Photographer Prods Actress Ellen Barkin With Copyright Infringement Suit
  9. From Tiger King To Censorship King: Copyright Lobbyist Cheers On SLAPP Copyright Suit Featured In Tiger King
  10. UNESCO Suggests COVID-19 Is A Reason To Create… Eternal Copyright
  11. Fash-Shunned: Selena Gomez Sues Fashion App for $10 Million for Allegedly Using Her Name and Likeness Without Permission
  12. Supreme Court Says Georgia’s ‘Official Code’ Is Public Domain — Including Annotations
  13. Supreme Court rules Georgia can’t put the law behind a paywall
  14. Supreme Court holds that Georgia cannot copyright the annotations to its laws
  15. SCOTUS Rules No Copyright in Official Annotated State Code
  16. Supreme Court says state laws aren’t copyrightable
  17. Mr Worldwide’s Great American ‘Scream’ – Protection granted for Pitbull’s famous yell
  18. Don’t POKE a trademark unless you have sufficient evidence to invalidate it
  19. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s an infringement of a reputable mark!
  20. Battle of the ‘McGregors’ – UFC Champion loses legal battle in the EUIPO ring
  21. Hugo Boss versus Hugo Boss: Lessons from Lycett’s Antics
  22. Cyprus corrects halloumi trade mark mishap
  23. Supreme Court Decides Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil Group, Inc.
  24. US Supreme Court Rejects Willfulness Requirement for Profit Awards in Trademark Infringement Cases
  25. Supreme Court Confirms Profits Remedy in Trademark Cases is Not Conditioned on Proof of Willfulness
  26. High Court Rules That ‘Willful’ Trademark Infringement No Longer Required for Award of Profits
  27. Supreme Court Holds Disgorgement of Profits Available Absent Willfulness, for 1125(a) Infringement
  28. U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Plaintiffs Need Not Prove “Willful” Conduct to Recover Profits in Trademark Infringement Suits
  29. Supreme Court: Willfulness Unnecessary for Disgorgement of Infringer’s Profits Award in Trademark Cases
  30. U.S. Supreme Court Rules Trademark Infringer’s Profits at Risk in All Cases
  31. Comic-Con Canceled — But Comic-Con Trademark Survives
  32. Open COVID Pledge and Free Licensing Opportunities: Issues to Consider Before Accepting
  33. Conversant v Apple: old tech, new tricks
  34. Lawyers question need for Patent Act amendments as companies share IP during COVID crisis
  35. Canadian Federal Court’s Notice of Experimental Testing is Inapplicable to Testing Conducted Prior to Litigation
  36. Federal Circuit Feels the Beating of a Heart: CardioNet v. InfoBionic
  37. Federal Circuit Revives Cardiac Monitoring Patent, Not Directed to an Abstract Idea
  38. Federal Circuit: A Patent That Performs Computation Is Not Abstract, Is Patentable
  39. Claims Directed to Improved Cardiac Monitoring Technology Are Patent Eligible Under 35 U.S.C. § 101
  40. US Patent Office: Supreme Court Made Us Reject More Patents, But We’ve Now Fixed That And Are Back To Approving Bad Patents
  41. Library of Congress Launches Open-Source Hip-Hop Sampling Tool: Producers will have access to the library’s vast audio collection, which dates back more than a hundred years
  42. Melody makers

PRIVACY

  1. RCMP to boost social media mining for threats ranging from disease to shootings: The software would allow an RCMP officer to quickly mine data about a person’s internet activities
  2. Federal Court Says Baltimore PD’s High-Powered Aerial Surveillance Program Doesn’t Violate The Constitution
  3. China is installing surveillance cameras outside people’s front doors … and sometimes inside their homes
  4. Reluctant To Block Embarrassing Coronavirus Material Held On GitHub, China Targets The People Who Put It There
  5. Health vs. Privacy: How Other Countries Use Surveillance To Fight The Pandemic
  6. Covid-19: the controversial role of big tech in digital surveillance: Big tech can trace the movement of not only viruses, but also people, whether in an emergency or not
  7. From Aadhaar to Aarogya Setu: How surveillance technology is devaluing India’s democratic rights
  8. Privacy in a pandemic: Coronavirus is the first trial of the EU’s unofficial religion
  9. Europe’s Privacy Law Hasn’t Shown Its Teeth, Frustrating Advocates: Nearly two years in, there has been little enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation, once seen as ushering in a new era.
  10. European Commission Wants Coronavirus Tracing Apps To Build In Strong Protections For Privacy — Unlike The French Government
  11. Israel’s High Court Blocks Country’s Hastily-Erected Domestic Coronavirus Surveillance Program
  12. How human-centered tech can beat COVID-19 through contact tracing
  13. Coronavirus: Australians download COVIDSafe contact tracing app
  14. Germany flips to Apple-Google approach on smartphone contact tracing
  15. Apple and Google pledge to shut down coronavirus tracker when pandemic ends
  16. Google to Require All Advertisers to be Verified
  17. Infrared Cameras Could Be the New CCTV: Employers rush to thermal imaging to catch sick workers
  18. Covid-19: the controversial role of big tech in digital surveillance: Big tech can trace the movement of not only viruses, but also people, whether in an emergency or not
  19. CEO of Surveillance Firm Banjo Once Helped KKK Leader Shoot Up a Synagogue: Documents reveal Damien Patton, CEO of SoftBank-backed Banjo, admitted to being a Neo-Nazi skinhead in his youth
  20. The CEO of Banjo, a SoftBank-backed neighborhood-watch app, has a hidden neo-Nazi past and once helped a gunman in a drive-by synagogue shooting
  21. We’ve made new rules to protect our families. We must protect kids’ privacy too.
  22. A Cryptocurrency Technology Finds New Use Tackling Coronavirus
  23. Piracy Sees ‘Unprecedented’ Pandemic Bounce, But So Does All Media Consumption

CREATIVITY   

  1. Entertainment Industry: Competition, Foreign Investment and Regulatory Issues in Canada
  2. Sean Hannity Hires Charles Harder To Threaten The NY Times And Its Reporters, Because Of Course He Does
  3. “But It’s a Photo of Me!”-Celebrities Face Legal Action for Unauthorized Use of Images on Social Media
  4. Chinese state censorship of COVID-19 research represents a looming crisis for academic publishers
  5. Art for a Time of Uncertainty
  6. Filmmaking and Covid 19: Ethics, Craft and Safety
  7. Creation in Confinement: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration
  8. Chinese state censorship of COVID-19 research represents a looming crisis for academic publishers

Jon

News of the Week; April 22, 2020

GAMES

  1. Selena Gomez suing fashion game makers for using likeness without permission
  2. Selena Gomez suing Chinese mobile publisher over using her likeness: Singer says she did not agree to appear in Clothes Forever – Styling Game, decries “unsavoury” microtransactions
  3. Infinity Ward updates matchmaking in Call of Duty to bring cheaters together
  4. NBA 2K Avoids Tattoo Copyright Infringement in Three Ways
  5. Video Game Tattoo Copyright Litigation: LeBron Scores a Slam Dunk While WWE Still Wrestling with Allegations
  6. Epic Sues Game Tester Over Trade Secret Breach
  7. Epic Games Dances Around Infringement Claims as Court Finds Transformative Use
  8. Report: Epic Games exploring funding round at over $15 billion valuation
  9. Cooking Mama creator threatens lawsuit over “unauthorized” Switch launch
  10. Gaming Emote Litigation: Battle Royale Ensues Over Fortnite Emotes with Plaintiffs Testing Different Causes of Action
  11. Google wins victory royale over Epic Games, snags Fortnite for Google Play
  12. Fortnite finally hits Google Play, but Epic still isn’t a fan of Google’s mobile tactics
  13. Valve confirms code leak for two online games
  14. Analyst: US game spend jumps during COVID-19 pandemic as more are encouraged to stay home
  15. Finland recognises the Demoscene as part of its cultural heritage: Subculture is now part of the National Inventory of Living Heritage, and can be nominated for UNESCO international heritage status
  16. Activist investor ValueAct believes Nintendo can rival Netflix, Disney+: San Francisco company has built up $1.1 billion stake in the platform holder over the last year
  17. Nintendo Switch sales doubled year-over-year in March
  18. Nintendo working with suppliers to boost Switch production in 2020
  19. Nintendo Account holders told to bolster security due to spike in ‘unauthorised activity’
  20. The curious case of Animal Crossing in China | Opinion: China plays a bigger role in console sales than people think, says Apptutti’s Daniel Camilo, and Nintendo’s game is compelling proof
  21. Nintendo isn’t saying, so here’s how to fend off the account hijacking spree
  22. Finally, you can build an entire “game” out of Super Mario Maker 2 levels
  23. Pokemon Rumble Rush shuts down: Service will end July 21, 2020, just over one year after launch
  24. Xbox Game Studios, Codemasters, and others pull games from GeForce Now
  25. Sony Plans Limited PlayStation 5 Output in First Year
  26. PlayStation’s low-key PC experiment | Opinion: Rumours of more PS4 exclusive titles following Horizon: Zero Dawn to PC have been squashed, but is that the end of Sony’s multiplatform strategy?
  27. Sony, Sega say PC listings for Bloodborne, Persona 5 and more were “not accurate”: Publishers shut down rumours of ports after several titles were listed on Amazon France
  28. Report: Sony scaling back initial PS5 production numbers
  29. Sony reportedly limiting PS5 launch window to 6m units: But sources suggests COVID-19 has not affected production of next-generation console
  30. Recession’s impact on next-gen consoles to be felt “later in 2021,” says analyst: Ampere’s Piers Harding-Rolls says downturn will inevitably undermine sales once early adopter crowd gets theirs
  31. Monster Hunter Riders tops 5 million downloads in Japan after two months
  32. Minecraft ray tracing is now live on PC—and it’s a must-play, if you can
  33. Keywords reports strong 2019 performance amid COVID-19 doubts: Revenue up 30% last year, but the company declines to offer guidance for 2020 due to pandemic disruption
  34. Superplus Games nets $4.7 million to create casual PvP titles for mobile
  35. Superplus Games raises $4.7m: Finnish studio currently working on multiple casual, PvP-focused mobile titles
  36. Report: The games industry braces for a recession (Ampere Analysis)
  37. European mobile game downloads growing faster than spending: Sensor Tower finds March new installs were up 19% over February while spending grew 12%
  38. Sega shuttering two mobile games after parting ways with developer Demiurge
  39. Facebook has launched its dedicated ‘Facebook Gaming’ mobile app
  40. Paradox reports “best” financial year in its history for 2019
  41. Newzoo: Shooter games are growing during coronavirus, but esports forecast takes a dip
  42. Nevada authorizes betting on League of Legends, Overwatch esports
  43. Paytm First Games teams up with ESPL for mobile esports tournaments in India
  44. BMW Motorsport is winning a lot in esports, and here’s why
  45. BMW teams up with 5 global esports teams in a brand alliance
  46. How COVID-19 Made Esports the ‘Only Game in Town’
  47. One Consequence Of The COVID-19 Shutdown? This Is Esports’ Moment
  48. Esports Milestone: Gambling On Esports Will Double To $14 Billion In 2020
  49. Riot Games lays out prize pools, no blood rule for Valorant esports: New shooter will cap prize pools at $10k for small tournaments, and $50k at medium tournaments
  50. Riot addresses “kernel-level driver” concerns with expanded bug bounties
  51. Riot posts $100,000 bug bounty to track down flaws in Valorant’s anti-cheat
  52. Riot Games acquires Hytale developer Hypixel Studios
  53. Riot acquires Hypixel: League of Legends maker was already an early investor in the developer of upcoming sandbox game Hytale
  54. One month after COVID-19 closures, GameStop readies to reopen stores
  55. Ubisoft Developing Senior Citizen Esports Movie From ‘I Feel Pretty’ Team
  56. Konami indefinitely delays PES Euro 2020 DLC, cancels boxed edition: Planned esports tournament will still take place, but London finals will now be played online
  57. In Half-Life’s improv scene, anyone can speak for Gordon Freeman
  58. Steam gets ‘editorial’ when we weren’t looking
  59. Final Fantasy VII Remake digital sales and shipments have topped 3.5 million units
  60. Oculus Connect shifts to digital as Facebook extends in-person event ban into 2021
  61. Bethesda Has “no update” on ‘Elder: Scrolls Blades VR’ Nearly Two Years After Announcement
  62. ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Was Among the Best Selling Steam Games Released in March
  63. Magic Leap lays off staff in bid to ‘adapt to new market realities’
  64. Magic Leap Announces Layoffs & Pivot Away From Near-term Consumer Ambitions
  65. An extended interview with Homeworld designer Rob Cunningham
  66. Disruptor Beam completes pivot to tools provider with Beamable rebrand
  67. The enduring ripples of the Indie Megabooth: Founder Kelly Wallick shares her hopes for the Megabooth to drive industry-wide change toward diversity and sustainability
  68. Baba Is a tough act to follow: Arvi Teikari talks about following up the innovative Baba Is You with a “very traditional Metroidvania” and livestreaming development
  69. The design of Peggle-like dungeon crawler Roundguard
  70. Don’t Miss: Doing an HD remake the right way: Chrono Trigger edition
  71. Don’t Miss: A look at choice overload in games, and how to avoid it
  72. Don’t Miss: Veteran director Khris Brown on the secrets of great voice acting
  73. Don’t Miss: The secret history of Donkey Kong
  74. Video: Less stressful game development via DevOps
  75. Video: The origin story of Void Bastards’ striking art style
  76. Video: What you should know before making a cross-platform game
  77. Video: The Kine game dev postmortem
  78. Blog: Anatomy of a failed Kickstarter
  79. Blog: The production data and tools I used to develop Hang Line
  80. Blog: Prioritizing accessibility considerations
  81. U.S. Patent no. 10,290,142: Water surface rendering in virtual environment
  82. U.S. Patent no. 10,286,328: Modular accessory for video gaming

DIGITAL

  1. TheDirty Easily Defeats Another Defamation Lawsuit–Laake v. Dirty World (Eric Goldman)
  2. Another Terrible Copyright Ruling on IAPs’ Liability for Users’ File-Sharing–Warner v. Charter (Eric Goldman)
  3. Section 230 Doesn’t Protect Advertising “Background Reports” on People–Lukis v. Whitepages (Eric Goldman)
  4. Ninth Circuit Reinstates Decade-Old Lawsuit Against Facebook For Tracking Logged-Out Users–In re Facebook Internet Tracking (Eric Goldman)
  5. Facebook Tells Court Laura Loomer’s Defamation Allegations All Target Protected Opinions
  6. Disgraced Former NASCAR Boss, Brian France, Uses SLAPP Suit To Silence Parody Twitter Account
  7. Federal Court Dismisses Twitter’s Long-Running Lawsuit Over NSL Reporting
  8. The Internet’s Titans Make a Power Grab: Facebook and other platforms insisted that they didn’t want to be “arbiters of truth.” The coronavirus changed their mind overnight.
  9. Facebook takes down event pages for several anti-quarantine protests
  10. Australia Gives Up Any Pretense: Pushes Straight Up Tax On Facebook & Google To Pay News Orgs
  11. Coronavirus has made Amazon a public utility – so we should treat it like one
  12. Amazon closes warehouses in France, tries to make US shoppers buy less
  13. No more negotiating: new rules could finally force Google and Facebook to pay for news
  14. Uber accuses Levandowski of fraud, refuses to pay $179M Google judgment
  15. Russia’s online disinformation has a 100-year history
  16. ICANN delays .org sale again after scathing letter from California AG
  17. Netflix streams some educational films on YouTube for free
  18. Consumers Seeking Uplifting YouTube Content During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recent surveys found that majority consumers are seeking uplifting YouTube content during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  19. The Web-based version of Apple Music has officially launched
  20. Why Apple has stopped making small phones—and why it should start again
  21. Report: Apple’s Chinese contractors cut hours as iPhone demand falls
  22. Apple just announced one of its biggest regional expansions for the App Store ever
  23. The App Store and Apple Arcade rolled out in 20 more countries
  24. Fraggle Rock is back as Apple TV+ quarantine fodder—so here’s our fan-fiction
  25. A Lot Of YouTube Creators Just Disclosed Their Declining AdSense Rates Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic. Most Are Down At Least 20%, With A Few Bright Spots.
  26. New YouTube Updates Will Help Reduce Creator Workload and Emphasize Security
  27. Who’s Zoomin’ who? How the coronavirus crisis is finally putting the ‘social’ into social media
  28. The right to Internet as the right to health? Obligations to remove barriers to the access of information during a pandemic
  29. China’s NBA Free Speech Debacle Turned Out To Be A Prelude To Its COVID-19 Denialism
  30. Chinese Embassy Gets Briefly Suspended From Twitter; Insists ‘Free Speech Must Be Honored’ On Platform Banned Across China
  31. The Geopolitical Streisand Effect: The More China And The WHO Try To Silence Taiwan, The More Attention Its Success Fighting COVID-19 Gets
  32. People Are Making Bots to Snatch Whole Foods Delivery Order Time Slots: Developers are creating a tech divide between those who can use a bot to order their food and those who just have to keep trying during the pandemic.
  33. Coronavirus Could Lead to the Next Wave of Automation: A survey of executives found more than a third investing in automation in response to the coronavirus. Workers need to get organised.
  34. NYAG Announces Shut Down of More Than 20 Websites Promoting Coronavirus Scams
  35. Technology’s had us ‘social distancing’ for years. Can our digital ‘lifeline’ get us through the coronavirus pandemic?
  36. Straight to (CO)Video: We’re finally getting around to watching these things
  37. This Is No Time for an Internet Blackout: Citing security to silence dissent is always a bad look, but right now the side effects are especially cruel.
  38. A Snap Shot on Inadvertent Licensing Through Social Media
  39. How 3-D printing is helping the US fight medical equipment shortages and the coronavirus pandemic
  40. Ga. Supreme Court’s First Zoom Arguments to Run Monday Through Thursday: For its first-ever remote oral arguments, the Georgia Supreme Court will hear appeals of several murder convictions plus
  41. The Jury Is Still Out On Zoom Trials: Courts are moving online due to COVID-19. No one is sure if that’s a good thing.
  42. Mirror, Mirror on the Screen: The Tyranny of Zoom Calls –  Working from home was supposed to turn people into slobs. But many say constant video calling has heightened their awareness of their appearance.
  43. The New White Lies of Lockdown: Spotty Wi-Fi, an upcoming meal, another Zoom happy hour—people are coming up with new excuses for ending social interactions.
  44. COVID-19 and Virtual Meeting Best Practices
  45. [Virtual] Data Overload: Data, Journalism, & COVID-19: Responsibly And Accurately Interpreting And Reporting Complicated Data
  46. Social-media companies must flatten the curve of misinformation: The pandemic lays bare the failure to quarantine online scams, hoaxes and lies amid political battles.
  47. Instagram Is Rushing To Roll Out A Memorial Account Feature Because Of COVID-19 Deaths: “We’ve been working on these updates…we’ve accelerated in light of COVID-19 to help support our community…”
  48. Instagram wants to move all of the Lives you’ve been watching to IGTV
  49. Spotify now lets Premium users hide songs they don’t want to hear from playlists: Skip that one track
  50. ‘Feasting on fantasy’ – my month of extreme immersion in Disney+: Disney’s streaming service arrived as the lockdown kicked in. It seemed like a sensible investment. Pretty soon, it was infiltrating my every waking hour.
  51. The Computer Scientist Who Can’t Stop Telling Stories: For pioneering computer scientist Donald Knuth, good coding is synonymous with beautiful expression.
  52. Even Cars and Coffee is going virtual thanks to COVID-19
  53. The race to save the first draft of coronavirus history from internet oblivion: How researchers, archivists, and citizens are racing to preserve a record of we lived and changed during this strange period of history
  54. Is this the end of Airbnb?: Hosts are calling it the Airbnb apocalypse. But it’s more akin to an enema
  55. “A Darwinian Moment”: The Coronavirus Is Blowing Up the Media Landscape: The 2008 financial collapse killed a lot of media dinosaurs. But the COVID-19 asteroid may be even bigger.
  56. The pandemic was bitcoin’s chance to shine. It hasn’t… yet
  57. Digital Finance & The COVID-19 Crisis
  58. Digital Ethics
  59. Logistics of the Future – Physical Internet and Its Practicality
  60. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Facebook: Updating Identity Economics

A.I.

  1. Chinese Dreamwriter Decision: a Dream Come True for AI-generated Works?
  2. Fairness and AI: Sandra Wachter on why fairness cannot be automated
  3. When artificial intelligence is the inventor or creator: who claims the rights?
  4. Some countries in the Middle East are using artificial intelligence to fight the coronavirus pandemic
  5. Coronavirus: Will Covid-19 speed up the use of robots to replace human workers?
  6. AI Diagnostics & Digital Healthcare
  7. Delivery robots move medical supplies to help with COVID-19 response: The road-legal robots will be limited to 5 miles per hour for safety reasons.
  8. Navigating Artificial Intelligence and Consumer Protection Laws In Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  9. AI lets you be Albert Einstein or the Mona Lisa on all your Zoom calls
  10. Artificial Intelligence: The Growing Role of AI on Patents
  11. A note on artificial intelligence and intellectual property in Sweden and the EU
  12. How much access to data should be permitted during the COVID-19 pandemic?: Urs Gasser explores the risks and benefits of mining data to combat COVID-19

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Fox News hosts have measurable effect on COVID cases, study finds: Comparison of Fox News hosts reveals effect of disinformation on COVID-19 deaths.
  2. Misinformation During a Pandemic (Leonardo Bursztyn, Aakaash Rao, Christopher Roth, David Yanagizawa-Drott)
  3. Charter has 230 infected employees after resisting work-at-home requests
  4. Why the Murdochs backed Donald Trump’s COVID-19 denialism: Fox News has been accused of ‘deceiving the public’ in its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Has it finally gone too far?
  5. FCC Denies Application of Hoax Rule to Trump Press Conferences on COVID-19 – Looking at the First Amendment and the Commission’s Regulation of Political Speech
  6. FCC and Industry Groups Ask for Supreme Court Review of Third Circuit Ownership Decision
  7. FCC approves 5G network despite military saying it will harm GPS
  8. FCC blasted for “shameful” ruling against cities and fire department
  9. ISPs Ignore Toothless FCC Demand To Not Kick Users Offline During COVID-19
  10. Tracfone Made Up “Fictitious” Users To Defraud Taxpayers, FCC
  11. FCC Still Doesn’t Know Where Broadband Is As It Eyes $9 Billion In New Subsidies
  12. Spotty broadband is robbing students of their education during COVID-19
  13. AT&T gave FCC false broadband-coverage data in parts of 20 states
  14. AT&T Provided FCC Bunk Broadband Availability Data Across 20 States
  15. AT&T’s massive TV losses continue as another 900,000 customers flee
  16. Net neutrality: are ‘zero-rated’ bundles prohibited traffic management measures under regulation 2015/2120?
  17. Telecom’s Latest Dumb Claim: The Internet Only Works During A Pandemic Because We Killed Net Neutrality

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Access Copyright v York University: York Wins re “Mandatory Tariff” and Loses re Fair Dealing Guidelines (Howard Knopf)
  2. Two Montreal lawyers file application to trademark the term COVID-19
  3. A Copy of a Copy of a Copy: Internet Mimesis and the Copyrightability of Memes (Elena Elmerinda Scialabba)
  4. All’s Fair in Love and War . . . So What About Fair Use in the Time of Coronavirus?
  5. 3M files lawsuit in Canada against firm accused of price gouging on N95 masks: Ontario company allegedly claimed a phoney affiliation with the U.S. medical-gear maker
  6. Court Rules Photographer Gave Up Exclusive Copyright Licensing Rights by Posting to Instagram.
  7. Instagram Terms of Use Allows Mashable to Avoid Copyright Infringement Claim for Embedded Content
  8. It’s not infringing if it’s an authorized embedding
  9. Kendall Jenner Sued for Posting Video of Kendall Jenner
  10. Keeping Up with Copyright: Kendall Jenner Sued for Infringement over Instagram Video
  11. Cortés-Ramos v. Martin-Morales, aka Ricky Martin: In copyright suit against pop singer Ricky Martin, Court dismisses based on plaintiff’s failure to plead registration with Copyright Office should be without prejudice
  12. Purohit v. Legend Pictures, LLC: In suit alleging that film infringed on plaintiff’s book featuring mythological figure Krampus, court dismisses plaintiff’s claims, finding no substantial similarity between works
  13. An Untimely Copyright Lawsuit About a Timeless Guitar
  14. Making waves: Nike and Footlocker face challenge from the makers of ‘The Endless Summer’ film
  15. Copyright protection for original clothing designs
  16. Self-driving startup Zoox settles Tesla lawsuit, lays off 100 workers
  17. What’s Your Type? Intellectual Property Rights In Fonts And Typefaces
  18. What’s your type? Intellectual Property Rights in Fonts and Typefaces
  19. Constructing a firm foundation for copyright protection
  20. SCOTUS Redefines State “Piracy”
  21. CJEU’s in Coty v Amazon: storing without knowledge of infringement is not itself infringement
  22. Trademark infringement: Liability for counterfeit goods
  23. Balmain case highlights risk of using specialised public with low distinctive character marks
  24. INTA releases brand valuation report, offers blueprint to put trademark professionals at centre of conversation
  25. Implementation of the E.U. “Trademark reform package” in France: the French TM Office now competent to invalidate or revoke trademark registrations
  26. Trade Dress Update: Federal Circuit Holds that Multi-Colored Product Packaging Marks May Be Inherently Distinctive
  27. The Federal Circuit Reconsiders the Inherent Distinctiveness of Color Marks in In re Forney
  28. You can’t be blue anymore: Blame colour monopolies
  29. Bad Spaniels Dog Toys — Expressive Art or Noisy Trademark Infringers?
  30. Adding another dimension to your trademark portfolio: Securing registration in 3D trademarks
  31. How Will SCOTUS Resolve the Circuit Split on Recovery of Profits for Trademark Infringement?
  32. The impact of Brexit on the resale of software licences
  33. The Simpsons Shows Precisely How One Should Handle Derivative Homage Works
  34. Dog Toy Maker Wins Big in Appeal Against Jack Daniels
  35. Jack Daniels Gets Chewed Up In Trademark Case Over ‘Bad Spaniels’ Doggy Chew Toy
  36. Trademark Owners Can Protect Themselves from Unauthorized Distributors Price Gouging in Their Name
  37. Trade Secret Litigation: Activity on the Rise
  38. 3D printing — the value of patents for the future of manufacturing
  39. Australia Takes Its First Baby Steps On the Road To A Right-To-Repair Law, With A Consultation About Tractors
  40. IP protection in the autonomous vehicle space
  41. Open COVID Pledge Rolled Out to Make Patents and Other IP Available for COVID-19 Response
  42. Patents and Their Role in a COVID-19 Cure
  43. Key IP Considerations in Corporate Venture Capital Transactions
  44. The pursuit of balance between antitrust laws and Intellectual Property
  45. EU’s proposed post-Brexit trade agreement: three key IP takeaways for life sciences
  46. COVID-19 and its effects on Intellectual Property
  47. Innovation’s Relationship with IP and Antitrust Laws in Times of Crisis
  48. 2H 2019 and Q1 2020 Quick Links, Part 1 (Copyright, E-Commerce, Advertising) (Eric Goldman)
  49. 2H 2019 and Q1 2020 Quick Links, Part 2 (Trademarks/Keywords) (Eric Goldman)
  50. 2H 2019 and Q1 2020 Quick Links, Part 3 (FOSTA/Backpage) (Eric Goldman)

PRIVACY

  1. Facebook takes Canada’s privacy czar to court over personal data probe: A 2019 Privacy Commissioner investigation report found major shortcomings in Facebook’s procedures
  2. Revival of Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation Reveals Importance of CCPA Compliance and Highlights Ambiguities
  3. French Hypocrisy: Fines Google For Being Soft On Privacy; Now Angry That Google Won’t Let It Spy On Users
  4. IoT Update: FTC Settles with Smart Lock Manufacturer and Provides Guidance for IoT Companies
  5. A start-up is using photos to ID you. Big tech can stop it from happening again.
  6. Cybersecurity Firm Finds A Bunch Of Clearview’s Secret Stuff Sitting Around In An Poorly-Secured Cloud Storage Bucket
  7. Leaked pics from Amazon Ring show potential new surveillance features
  8. Hackers target oil producers as they struggle with a record glut of crude
  9. Apple and Google look like problematic heroes in the pandemic: New contact-tracing technology is supposed to go away after the pandemic. Privacy experts aren’t so sure it will.
  10. Google Apple Contact Tracing (GACT): a wolf in sheep’s clothes.
  11. 2 billion phones cannot use Google and Apple contact-tracing tech
  12. As Google becomes key infrastructure for new coronavirus relief, old issues haunt it
  13. NYC Mayor Asks Residents To Snitch On Social Distancing Violators, Gets Dick Pics And Hitler Memes Instead
  14. Surveillance, Privacy and COVID-19
  15. Coronavirus tests Germans’ devotion to privacy: New initiatives to limit the spread of Covid-19 have sparked a debate over how far the government can go to control the pandemic
  16. The secret behind “unkillable” Android backdoor called xHelper has been revealed
  17. Children’s privacy is at risk with rapid shifts to online schooling under coronavirus
  18. EU Publishes Common Toolbox and Data Protection Guidance on Tracing Apps to Fight COVID-19
  19. Europe’s coronavirus-tracing apps risk an unprecedented increase in mass surveillance, experts warned
  20. We need privacy and data laws to tackle this world pandemic: Governments are increasingly using digital technologies and big data analytics to address the Covid-19 pandemic.
  21. Tracking Covid-19 using big data and big tech: a digital Pandora’s Box
  22. The Privacy Factor in Ending the Lockdown: The only way to protect health and the economy is through tracking & tracing. To make this palatable in democracies, regulatory & technological hurdles need to be cleared.
  23. More surveillance and less privacy will be the new normal after the coronavirus pandemic
  24. Gulf states use coronavirus threat to tighten authoritarian controls and surveillance
  25. COVID-19 tracking data should be managed the way data trusts are
  26. Contact-tracing apps enjoy limited success amid privacy fears: Phone apps designed to help limit the spread of coronavirus have had only modest uptakes so far.
  27. A European Contact-Tracing App Might Be More Privacy-Invading Than Apple and Google’s
  28. The expansion of mass surveillance to stop coronavirus should worry us all
  29. Is Contact Tracing a Privacy Threat?
  30. German government might have lost tens of millions of euros in COVID-19 phishing attack: German state failed to put in place a citizen verification procedure and allowed fraudsters to steal millions of euros.
  31. Global Examples of COVID-19 Surveillance Technologies
  32. U.S Treasury Issues North Korea Cyber Threat Advisory
  33. Team Trump Turns to Peter Thiel’s Palantir to Track Virus
  34. Trump Admin Gives Coronavirus Tracking Contract to Peter Thiel’s Palantir: Report
  35. More surveillance and less privacy will be the new normal after the coronavirus pandemic
  36. Another Federal Court Says Chalking Tires Is A Violation Of The Fourth Amendment
  37. Opting Out: Biometric Information Privacy and Standing (Michelle Jackson)

CREATIVITY   

  1. Court Tells Pro-Trump 12-Year-Old That Calling Him A Defender Of Racism And Sexual Assault Is Protected Speech
  2. Iraq Joins China In Suppressing Journalism About COVID-19
  3. Southeast Asia’s Coronavirus-Driven Censorship: Across Southeast Asia, there’s a worrying rush to sacrifice free speech in the name of nebulous benefits amid a crisis.
  4. The complicated issue of coronavirus merch: The next big fashion trend or simply problematic? We investigate.
  5. Daily Fantasy Sports Case Skillfully Comes to a Head

Jon

News of the Week; April 15, 2020

GAMES

  1. In Legal Warfare Over HUMVEE Trademarks, the First Amendment Goes Beyond the Call of Duty in Dismissing AM General’s Claims
  2. Judge Daniels: Video Game “Call of Duty” Is Allowed to Feature Humvees
  3. Call of Duty streamer accidentally fires gun on-air, lands Twitch ban: Glock and awe.
  4. Chinese Government Bans ‘Animal Crossing’ After Hong Kong Gamers Stage Protests Inside The Game
  5. Amid in-game Hong Kong protests, Chinese retailers drop Animal Crossing sales
  6. Chinese e-commerce sites Pinduoduo, Taobao delist Animal Crossing: New Horizons – The game hasn’t been approved in China, and government regulator is now enforcing the ban
  7. Animal Crossing: New Horizons pulled from online stores in China
  8. Roundtable: The unique allure of Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  9. Duke Nukem Goes Retro in Music Copyright Suit
  10. Cooking Mama: Cookstar drama thickens as publisher asserts right to publish
  11. Cooking Mama license holder threatens legal action against Cookstar publisher
  12. Cooking Mama IP holder taking legal action against Cookstar publisher Planet Entertainment: Planet Entertainment responds, saying it was “fully within its rights” to publish Cookstar
  13. ESRB ratings will now note if in-game purchases involve random items
  14. Australian Parliamentary committee recommends loot box regulation: Also suggests mandatory age verification for purchases toward any simulated gambling elements in games
  15. Court Dumps Almost All Of A New York Sax Player’s Lawsuit Against Fortnite Over Use Of His ‘Likeness’
  16. Epic Games Does a Victory Dance Over Dismissal of Right of Publicity, Privacy, and Trademark Claims but False Endorsement Levels Up
  17. Who Owns an Athlete’s Tattoos? The Player? The Tattoo Artist? A Licensor?
  18. Washington State’s Nexus Blitz Against Riot Games
  19. Ring 0 of fire: Does Riot Games’ new anti-cheat measure go too far?
  20. ESRB intros new label for loot boxes: “In-Game Purchases (Includes Random Items)” designation created in response to concerns of players, not parents
  21. Zynga Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Data Breach: Lawsuit seeks to certify a subclass of young users of the company’s social games claiming that the minors aren’t bound by contractual terms forced on users upon sign-up.
  22. Pokemon Rumble Rush is being shut down one year after launch
  23. Nintendo’s latest Switch update ushers in system-level button remapping
  24. Switch firmware update adds controls remapping: Nintendo’s latest feature welcomed as “a great first step for accessibility” by AbleGamers founder
  25. Nintendo spent over $14m on TV ads in March: No other gaming brand cracked $1 million in TV ad spend last month
  26. COVID-19: The state of the games industry – From esports and events to development and retail, it’s a mixed bag for the games industry in the middle of a global upheaval
  27. Esports May Be the Best Play During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  28. All Sports Are Esports Now: The MLB The Show, Players Tournament Edition
  29. NASCAR driver fired for idiotic behavior in esports
  30. Formula E starts a new “battle royale” online series this weekend
  31. Esports Gets Local With Facebook’s New DIY Tournament Tool
  32. League of Legends players raised $6m for charities they’ll pick: Players will vote to determine which nonprofits the money raised in their region will support
  33. What does a year without events mean for indies?: A slew of cancellations due to COVID-19 has dealt a blow to smaller developers that depend on events to improve their chances of success
  34. The games industry must protect its vulnerable businesses | Opinion: People are buying lots of games, but the health of the games business is still in jeopardy
  35. Striking Distance in the era of social distance: Glen Schofield says shifting the PUBG-owned studio to remote work has changed his perspective on telecommuting
  36. Capcom implementing work-from-home policy until early May
  37. Capcom implements work-from-home policy through early May: Osaka, Tokyo now under state of emergency, but no government mandate to work from home
  38. WWE 2K21 reportedly cancelled in favour of new game: Former developer claims 2K will publish a different title following 2K20’s woes, 2K22 will skip next-gen
  39. Virtual racing series has injured Canadian driver Robert Wickens back on the ‘road’
  40. Xbox Game Pass to launch in Japan on April 14: Subscription service will go live in Japan next week for both PC and console
  41. Sony invests $400 million in Chinese entertainment platform Bilibili
  42. Sony takes $400 million stake in Bilibili: PlayStation maker picks up almost 5% of Chinese video and mobile game company
  43. PlayStation is pulling together a $10 million fund to support indie devs during COVID-19
  44. PlayStation reveals $10m fund to support indie developers during COVID-19: It’s also giving away Journey and Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection as part of the Play At Home Initiative
  45. TurboGrafx-16 Mini review: Mostly best-in-class retro gaming, sometimes WTF
  46. The biggest ray-traced game yet: Minecraft RTX Beta debuts April 16 on PC
  47. CD Projekt Red: Cyberpunk 2077 “in a complete form,” further delays unlikely – Aside from minor localization difficulties, studio says development “business as usual” despite COVID-19
  48. CD Projekt reports yearly gains in sales as it looks toward Cyberpunk 2077 launch
  49. With well over 2.5 million sold, 2019 was The Witcher 3’s best-ever year on PC
  50. The Witcher 3’s second-biggest year drives CD Projekt revenues to $124.7m: Downloads drive RPG’s ongoing success, company still confident of September launch for Cyberpunk 2077
  51. Avalanche restructures, brands self-publishing unit Systemic Reaction: Just Cause creator will now operate as three units under the Avalanche Studios Group name
  52. Nordisk Film invests $4.5 million into Finnish mobile studio Nitro Games
  53. Nordisk Film invests $4.5m in Nitro Games: Investor’s funding will establish it as the studio’s largest shareholder
  54. Nifty Games secures over $12 million to develop sports titles for mobile
  55. Mobile sports startup Nifty Games raises another $12M, reveals NFL game
  56. Nifty Games raises $12m in Series A funding: Funding so far totals $15m, will support new, licensed NFL mobile title
  57. Valorant makes you watch before you play—that’ll change online games forever
  58. Valorant breaks Twitch single-day viewership records: It also ties League of Legends, Fortnite for concurrent viewership record
  59. Esports entertainment platform Players Netwrk launches today: Serial entrepreneur Stratton Sclavos lines up big names from the worlds of traditional sports and esports
  60. Twitch Rolls Out ‘Watch Parties’ Feature, Letting Partner Creators Livestream Amazon Prime Video Content
  61. Ecommerce Upstart NTWRK Leads FaZe Clan’s Latest Funding Round, Including Merch Pact
  62. New video game enlists players to help advance scientific research: Free downloadable content gives gamers the chance to contribute to the study of the gut microbiome
  63. Indie Megabooth winding down operations due to coronavirus
  64. Valve Explains the Deceptively Simple Design Process That Made ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Excellent
  65. Resident Evil 3 remake ships 2 million in five days: Digital sales account for half of total as Capcom’s latest zombie shooter trails pace of last year’s Resident Evil 2 remake
  66. UK Charts: Final Fantasy 7 Remake is No.1 as boxed market grows again – But Square Enix’s new release sells half of Final Fantasy XV’s launch week
  67. Latest iteration of EGM ceases publication of daily features
  68. The industry mines for ’90s nostalgia | Opinion: Between Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy 7, we’re playing like it’s 1999 — but few other PlayStation-era titles justify this high-budget treatment
  69. Final Fantasy XIV Online delays next patch due to COVID-19: Director Naoki Yoshida says team is testing new remote work tools to help resume normal development times
  70. A bevy of COVID-19 issues lead to delay in planned Final Fantasy XIV update
  71. Ubisoft delays next For Honor season after sudden shift to work-from-home
  72. The evolution of Ape Out: Gabe Cuzzillo explains how a song helped defined the aesthetic for his BAFTA-winning action game
  73. Journey into the mysterious and unknown with Gothic 2: Why I Love – Gisle Sølvberg explains the appeal of playing an ambitious example of a genre he wasn’t familiar with in a language he barely understood
  74. Ethical community management in a struggling world: Kitfox Games’ Victoria Tran on the positive role of community management during times of stress and upheaval
  75. The five deadly sins of game attractiveness
  76. Blog: The likelihood of making $10,000 in your first month on Steam
  77. Blog: Animal Crossing in the age of social distancing
  78. Blog: The making of Warcraft II
  79. Blog: Inside the development of The Riftbreaker’s AI system
  80. Blog: Lessons learned from reviewing indie games
  81. Blog: Composing the interactive music of SPYDER
  82. Don’t Miss: Designing and structuring great boss battles
  83. Don’t Miss: How Maxis put the ‘sim’ in SimCity
  84. Don’t Miss: Firaxis Games’ classic postmortem of XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  85. Don’t Miss: The afterimage of Final Fantasy VII
  86. Deep Dive: The subtle art of building tension in Yes, Your Grace
  87. Video: Understanding the rules of Baba Is You
  88. Video: Understanding how people shop for games on Steam

DIGITAL

  1. Federal government open to new law to fight pandemic misinformation: It’s one of several measures the government is considering to counter fake news about the virus online
  2. Puerto Rico Decides The 1st Amendment Doesn’t Apply To Its Citizens; Criminalizes ‘Fake News’
  3. French Government Says Google Must Pay French News Agencies For Sending Traffic Their Way
  4. French regulator says Google must pay news sites to send them traffic: Officials rejected Google’s plan to stop using snippets in news search results.
  5. YouTube Schools PragerU on Lanham Act in Censorship Case
  6. A First Amendment Win for YouTube!
  7. YouTube May Be An Enormous Town Square, But It’s Still Not Subject to The First Amendment
  8. Lessig Withdraws ‘Clickbait Defamation’ Lawsuit Against NY Times After Changed Headline
  9. Instagram’s TOS Authorizes Third-Party Embedding of Photos–Sinclair v. Mashable (Eric Goldman)
  10. Another Court Significantly Limits the Scope of Criminal CFAA–Sandvig v. Barr (Eric Goldman)
  11. Amazon fires at least 3 employees who criticized workplace conditions
  12. Nine Amazon workers describe the daily risks they face in the pandemic
  13. The pandemic is playing to almost every one of Amazon’s strengths
  14. Amazon was already powerful. The coronavirus pandemic cleared the way to dominance.: The global health crisis has forced 250,000 US stores closed, clearing the way to Amazon’s dominance.
  15. Amazon isn’t accepting new grocery customers while it strains to meet current demand
  16. Amazon pauses new grocery signups, hires another 75,000 workers
  17. Unsanitized: Why Amazon May Not Emerge From the Crisis Dominant
  18. Even Google and Facebook May Face an Ad Slump: Though ad sales at the two companies are expected to be down, they are likely to fare better than smaller peers and publishers.
  19. Senator Tillis Angry At The Internet Archive For Helping People Read During A Pandemic; Archive Explains Why That’s Wrong
  20. Florida Governor Responds To Lawsuit Over Coronavirus Infection Documents By Pressuring Newspaper’s Law Firm To Drop The Suit
  21. Alphabet CEO tells employees the company will slow hiring and other investments
  22. Judge Rakoff: MLB Broke the Hearts of All True Baseball Fans, But Did Not Break the Law
  23. Twitter will now give more of your user data to advertisers
  24. Oncologists Say The Absolute Best Information They’re Getting These Days Comes From Twitter
  25. How Steak-umm Became The Tweeting Voice Of Reason In A Pandemic
  26. Kate Klonick and Alina Polyakova on Pandemics, Platform Governance and Geopolitics
  27. Computer Service Providers Face Implied Limits on CDA Immunity
  28. Canadian Maker of Smart Locks Settles with FTC Over Deceptive Security Claims
  29. FTC The Latest To Discover ‘Smart’ Locks Are Dumb, Easily Compromised
  30. Your COVID-19 Internet problems might be COVID-19 Wi-Fi problems
  31. The Law of E-Signatures in the United States and Canada
  32. The Pandemic Sparked A 75% Jump In Views For YouTube’s News Content, Chief Product Officer Says
  33. As YouTube Traffic Soars, YouTubers Say Pay Is Plummeting: Advertising rates on the platform have dropped significantly during the coronavirus pandemic
  34. YouTube Testing ‘Chapters’ Feature To Help Users Better Navigate Lengthy Videos
  35. YouTube launches a free, DIY tool for businesses in need of short video ads
  36. YouTube Drops Free ‘Video Builder’ Ad Tool To Aid Small Businesses Amid Pandemic
  37. Coronavirus Survivors Tell Their Stories In Anthony Padilla’s New YouTube Series
  38. Andrea Bocelli’s Easter Concert Breaks YouTube Record For Biggest Classical Stream To Date
  39. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 4/13/2020
  40. David Dobrik, Donald Trump, Charli D’Amelio Are Teens’ Top Social Influencers, Study Finds
  41. What Google and Facebook need to do to fight disinformation
  42. ‘Infodemic’ puts social media platforms under heightened regulatory scrutiny
  43. Hunting down the rumours of COVID-19
  44. Coronavirus Drives 30% Surge in Video on Demand Viewing for March
  45. 3D Printers Recast Virus-Weary Supply Chains
  46. Instagram has plans to help artists monetise livestreams
  47. Instagram announces new features for small businesses including gift cards, food orders and fundraisers
  48. Hearst pivots to Instagram Live while audiences are cooped up at home
  49. New Research Suggests Spotify Is Pulling Away From Apple Music: Despite having the largest user base, Spotify is growing faster than its peers.
  50. Spotify signs licensing deal with Indian company Shemaroo
  51. In 1 Week, ‘Parasite’ Becomes Hulu’s Most-Streamed Foreign-Language Film Ever
  52. Say goodbye to Samsung’s S-Voice—the servers shut down June 1, 2020
  53. IGTV Redesign Puts Creators Center Stage, Adds New ‘Discover’ Tab, Hands-Free Recording
  54. One Week After Launching In India, Disney+ Hits 50 Million Paying Subscribers
  55. Disney+ surpasses 50 million subscribers in just 5 months
  56. Remember: When Creatively Engaging With Socially Distanced Kids, Be Sure to Avoid Creating COPPA or CCPA Compliance Concerns
  57. Airbnb now offers virtual ‘travel’ experiences to keep you entertained at home: Virtually visit a goat farm or get your fortunes read
  58. Is virtual travel really a thing?
  59. Facebook is adding a Quiet Mode that silences push notifications on mobile: A new digital well-being feature for Facebook’s main mobile app
  60. Facebook Ad Rates Fall as Coronavirus Undermines Spending: Advertisers can reach more users per dollar – or save money for whatever is ahead
  61. Google wants to dump Qualcomm, launch smartphone SoC as early as next year
  62. Has Apple finally bitten off way more than it can chew?: Apple used to be about changing the world one magic box at a time. Now it’s fighting to conquer TV drama, healthcare, money, news and much else besides
  63. IBM scrambles to find or train more COBOL programmers to help states
  64. We Can’t Let Tech Companies Use This Crisis to Expand Their Power
  65. Navigating the ‘infodemic’: how people in six countries access and rate news and information about coronavirus
  66. Netflix Has Tripled Its Digital Ad Spend Since COVID-19 Hit The U.S. (Report)
  67. Netflix Hits All-Time Stock High, Making It Temporarily More Valuable Than Disney
  68. In Light Of Quarantine, Instagram Makes Live Streams Viewable On Desktops
  69. TikTok TikTok Boom! The ticking time bomb threat of copyright infringement claims for the burgeoning social media platform
  70. TikTok Pledges $250 Million For Coronavirus Relief, $125 Million In Ad Credits For Small Businesses And NGOs
  71. “Tech, lies and video-conferencing”: The Court’s implementation of remote hearings
  72. It’s Time for Online Dispute Resolution (a.k.a Virtual Mediation)
  73. Mark Carrigan Asks If We’re All Digital Scholars Now?
  74. When school is online, the digital divide grows greater
  75. Digital hoarders: “Our terabytes are put to use for the betterment of mankind”
  76. Do you even 10-key, bro? Our homage to the classic keyboard standard
  77. Community building on crowdwork platforms: Autonomy and control of online workers? (Christine Gerber)
  78. Navigating the ‘infodemic’: how people in six countries access and rate news and information about coronavirus (Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Richard Fletcher, Nic Newman, J. Scott Brennen, Philip N. Howard)
  79. Federal Rules of Platform Procedure (Rory Van Loo)
  80. The coronavirus pandemic turned Folding@Home into an exaFLOP supercomputer

A.I.

  1. AI Update: FTC Provides Guidance on Use of AI and Algorithms
  2. Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation: Broad unease about losing jobs to machines could dissipate as people focus on the benefits of minimizing close human contact.
  3. IP Protection of Artificial Intelligence in Europe: Tailor-Made Solutions Required
  4. Meet humanity’s new ally in the coronavirus fight: Robots
  5. Update from LitLand: Vermont Attorney General Sues Clearview AI
  6. When artificial intelligence is the inventor or creator: who claims the rights?
  7. Facebook is building a hidden, bot-only platform to learn about trolls and scammers

COMMUNICATIONS

  1.  Fox News Set the Stage for America’s Poor Coronavirus Response: The network has conditioned its viewers to hate experts and to trust miracle cures for 25 years.
  2. Charter still hates broadband competition, asks FCC to help prevent it
  3. Citing BGP hijacks and hack attacks, feds want China Telecom out of the US
  4. Trump Administration Establishes the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector
  5. President Trump Has Issued an Executive Order Formally Establishing a Committee to Assess Foreign Participation in the US Telecommunications Services Sector
  6. White House Clarifies and Expands Executive Branch Review of Foreign Participation in FCC Regulated Telecom Services
  7. A Formalized Team Telecom: White House Establishes Committee to Review Foreign Ownership or Control in U.S. Telecom Sector
  8. Canada’s Communications Regulators Take Action in the Fallout from COVID-19
  9. Shaw Communications temporarily lays off 10% of workforce
  10. TeamTelecom Recommends that the FCC Revoke China Telecom’s Authorizations to Provide International Telecommunications Services to and from the United States
  11. FCC Waives Gift Rules for Rural Health Care, E-Rate Entities in COVID-19 Response
  12. FCC Takes Action Against COVID-19-related Scam Robocalls
  13. It Shouldn’t Have Taken A Pandemic To Make Us Care About Crappy U.S. Broadband
  14. Dish’s Wireless Network, A Cornerstone of the T-Mobile Merger, Is Already On Shaky Ground
  15. Celebs share rumors linking 5G to coronavirus, nutjobs burn cell towers
  16. Dutch telecommunications towers damaged by 5G protestors: Telegraaf
  17. 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory driven by coordinated effort: Earlier this year, as COVID-19 began to spread, fringe groups began claiming the virus was linked to 5G technology.
  18. What’s New in 5G – April 2020
  19. Frontier bungles redaction of network audit that it doesn’t want you to see
  20. Want To Know Why U.S. Broadband Is A Bad Joke? Take a Close Look at Frontier Communications
  21. Frontier files for bankruptcy, says its broadband service won’t get any worse
  22. Major US ISP Frontier Files For Bankruptcy, Monopolistic Apathy Isn’t A Business Model.
  23. Verizon Quietly Stops Doing Broadband Installs, Repairs During COVID-19
  24. Why you’re still paying for sports on cable when there’s no live sports
  25. Corporations Not Happy Innovators Have ‘Hacked’ The Crappy U.S. Binding Arbitration System

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Canadian Federal Court Decides Patent Action by way of Summary Trial
  2. Canadian patents claiming a formulation for a medicinal ingredient may be eligible for patent term extension
  3. Federal Court Considers the Availability of Certificates of Supplementary Protection for Vaccines
  4. As Record Labels Still Are Demanding Mandated Filters; Facebook’s Copyright Filter Takes Down A Guy Playing Bach
  5. Did the Supreme Court Just Give States License to Pirate Copyrights? Protecting Copyrights Post Allen
  6. U.S. Supreme Court Confirms that States Have Sovereign Immunity from Copyright Infringement Suits–Allen v. Cooper (Eric Goldman)
  7. Judge smacks down copyright suit over Instagram embedding: Ruling could provide a stronger legal basis for embedding photos and videos.
  8. Court Decision Dismissing Photographer’s Lawsuit Shows Breadth of Rights Granted to Social Media and Denies Infringement Claim for Instagram Embedded Photo
  9. Sinclair v. Ziff Davis, LLC
  10. NY Court Tosses Lawsuit Over Street Art Depicted in Film
  11. Ninth Circuit Gleefully Rejects Copyright Claims against California High School
  12. Dark Horse Comes in Just at the Wire! A Music Copyright Analysis
  13. Retrograde in Taurus: Ninth Circuit Upholds Judgment That Stairway to Heaven Did Not Infringe Taurus
  14. VARA Lives On: A $6.75M Lesson on Respecting Moral Rights
  15. Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library: Public Service or Copyright Infringement?
  16. Shot on iPhone: Media Group Found to Infringe “Simple Picture,” Court Rejects Fair Use Defense
  17. Update On The “Mandatory Tariff” Issue, Fair Dealing And Copyright Advocacy In Canada (Howard Knopf)
  18. Photographer Unsuccessful in Copyright Case Over Use of Embedded Instagram Photo
  19. Embedding Photos from Instagram – Infringement or Licensed Use?
  20. Intellectual Property rights in the platform economy: A chance to rise or fall
  21. The esquivalience of mountweazels protecting copyright
  22. No Red Light: Fed. Circuit Opens Door for Registration of Multi-Color Product Packaging
  23. Criminal sanctions for trade secret disclosure and the implementation of CUSMA
  24. JaM Cellars Sues Franzia For Trademark Over ‘Jammy’, An Incredibly Common And Descriptive Term In Wines
  25. Authors and publishers — which elements of a book can you protect with trade marks?
  26. Planetart LLC v Photobox Ltd & Anor – Trade Mark Infringement and Passing Off in the context of mobile apps
  27. The Cold Hard Fact of Arctic Cat: Actual Notice is Necessary to Protect a Damages Claim from the Cold After Unmarked Patented Goods are Sold
  28. Manufacturers Refuse To Allow Hospitals To Fix Ventilators That Are The Last Hope For Many COVID-19 Patients
  29. Opening Up Information In A Pandemic, Rather Than Locking It Down: The Open COVID Pledge Is Important
  30. Copyright & Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
  31. No Trade Dress Protection for Functional Shape and Color Scheme
  32. U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of ABPA v. Ford: Ford’s Win on Enforcing Replacement Parts Design Patents Stands
  33. Are There Patent Infringement Implications of 3D Printing PPE to Help Health Care Workers in the War Against COVID-19? Yes.
  34. A Patent Claim is not Indefinite Merely Because Infringement Can’t be Determined in Advance
  35. “Method of Preparation” Claims Found Patent-Eligible Under §101
  36. Similar Compounds at Overlapping pH’s Created Prima Facie Case of Obviousness
  37. Is it possible to patent Bitcoin?
  38. Belt Fastener Trade Dress Conveyed as Invalid for Being Functional
  39. Patent Pooling and its Contribution to Collaborative IP Attempts at Targeting Patent Access
  40. Bad Faith Required to Prevent Speech Regarding Potential Patent Infringement
  41. Good Friday 2020 and a History of Easter Eggs According to a Patent
  42. Recent IP Law Highlights
  43. Why Is The Copyright Office Celebrating That All Our Cute Pet Photos Are Locked Up Under Copyright?
  44. Happy Birthday, Statute of Anne

PRIVACY

  1. NSO Fires Back At Facebook, Says It’s Not Responsible For Malware Deployments By Foreign Governments
  2. Privacy in a pandemic: Privacy laws matter
  3. Some shirts hide you from cameras—but will anyone wear them?
  4. Has coronavirus opened the door to mass electronic surveillance in the UK?
  5. Apple and Google detail bold and ambitious plan to track COVID-19 at scale
  6. Apple, Google Join Forces To Create Free Tools For Coronavirus Tracking
  7. Apple and Google’s Coronavirus Tracking Plan Is a Symptom of Their Power: The tech giants power makes them the only available choices during a dire crisis. This influence is an enlarging feature of post-virus capitalism.
  8. Stop the Apple and Google contact tracing platform. (Or be ready to ditch your smartphone.)
  9. Apple and Google are launching a joint COVID-19 tracing tool for iOS and Android
  10. Will Google’s and Apple’s COVID Tracking Plan Protect Privacy?
  11. Tested positive for coronavirus? Health workers may share your address with police
  12. Coronavirus contact-tracing apps: What are the privacy concerns? – Special smartphone apps could help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they could also have profound implications for privacy in the long term.
  13. Can mobile contact-tracing apps help lift lockdown?
  14. The tech ‘solutions’ for coronavirus take the surveillance state to the next level (Evgeny Morozov)
  15. Public support for Live Facial Recognition and implications for COVID-19 policing
  16. What are the biggest holes in data privacy that have been exacerbated by coronavirus?: Geolocation services, the mass adoption of niche tools and weak encryption top the list of concerns for experts in Protocol’s Braintrust.
  17. UK government using confidential patient data in coronavirus response: Documents seen by Guardian show tech firms using information to build ‘Covid-19 datastore’
  18. Welcome To The Coronavirus Surveillance State: Digital technologies for tracking people and monitoring outbreaks may be the only way out of the crisis – but misuse could aid a slide into authoritarianism.
  19. Coronavirus: Surge in health surveillance apps in India, concern among privacy advocates
  20. Kushner’s COVID Task Force Is Looking To Expand The Government’s Surveillance Of Private Healthcare Companies
  21. Your Boss Is Spying on You
  22. To Zoom or Not to Zoom—Privacy and Cybersecurity Challenges
  23. US Senate tells members not to use Zoom
  24. Will the Pandemic Usher in an Era of Mass Surveillance in Higher Education?
  25. Coronavirus: As mental health services move online, problems of access and privacy emerge – Even in normal times, mental health services are not easily available to everyone. The coronavirus has deepened the divide.
  26. For non-intrusive tracking of Covid-19, smartphones have to be smarter: Monitoring the pandemic with personal technology is a thorny issue. We can get results without having our privacy on parade
  27. Global information governance in pandemic times: In the geopolitics of global health information, international institutional law is more important than ever
  28. Growth in surveillance may be hard to scale back after pandemic, experts say: Coronavirus crisis has led to billions of people around the world facing enhanced monitoring
  29. We Should Have a Democratic Debate About Trade-Offs Between Public Safety and Privacy
  30. Focus on Children’s Privacy Intensifies as Daily Life Moves Online

CREATIVITY   

  1. Study with jazz improv musicians sheds light on creativity and the brain
  2. Dual-process contributions to creativity in jazz improvisations: An SPM-EEG study
  3. Knight First Amendment Institute Sues The CDC For Failing To Provide Details Of Its Media Gag Order
  4. ‘Free Speech’ Supporter Jerry Falwell Jr. Thinks It’s Criminal To Report On His Dumb And Dangerous Response To The Pandemic
  5. Trump Campaign Actually Sues TV Station Over Anti-Trump Ad
  6. The mural and the message: How a community advocate and a graffiti artist are spreading facts on the DTES
  7. Supreme Court Denies Cert in Transit Advertising Case, With Separate Opinion (and Warning) from Gorsuch and Thomas
  8. In a Bittersweet Victory, Second Circuit Affirms $6.75 Million in Damages to Artists for Destruction of Graffiti Art
  9. Universities Fill the Void: Working Across Borders to Solve the Pandemic Where International Institutions Have Failed
  10. ‘We are all Surrealists now’: how life with Leonora Carrington prepared me for coronavirus lockdown
  11. Counterpoint: MIT scientists translate coronavirus protein structure into music

Jon

News of the Week; April 8, 2020

GAMES

  1. Activision scores First Amendment victory in Humvee trademark lawsuit
  2. Activision has a First Amendment right to use Humvees in Call of Duty
  3. Humvee Can’t Stop Depictions of Its Vehicles in the ‘Call of Duty’ Videogame–AM General v. Activision Blizzard (Eric Goldman)
  4. Activision Permabans 50,000 Players Amid Rampant ‘Call Of Duty: Warzone’ Cheating
  5. Xbox architect sues Atari over unpaid work on crowdfunded console
  6. Atari VCS system architect Rob Wyatt is suing Atari over missed payments
  7. Tin Giant sues Atari for unpaid work on VCS console: Xbox architect Rob Wyatt accuses Atari of breach of contract and defamation
  8. Tencent sues tech company for putting its games on rival cloud service without permission: League of Legends, CrossFire, and Dungeon Fighter Online allegedly made available without Tencent’s permission
  9. Who owns your video game?: An issue between the NFTS and its students has raised questions about IP ownership — Sheridans’ Tim Davies is here to help
  10. Pac-Man Owners Caught in Retro Game IP Maze
  11. Bears Versus Yetis the Triple Town Copyright Infringement Case
  12. Solid Oak Sketches, LLC v. 2K Games, Inc.
  13. Copyright Defenses When a Copyright Infringement Claim Gets Under Your Skin
  14. Watch as Charles Leclerc takes debut F1 Esports win in Virtual Grand Prix
  15. Bubba Wallace loses sponsorship after rage-quitting during NASCAR iRacing event
  16. Bubba Wallace rage-quit a NASCAR esports race, then lost his sponsor
  17. Maybe It’s The Quarantine Talking, But NASCAR’s Esports Takeover Is Hilarious Fun
  18. Racing turns hard into esports while the real world is on hold
  19. How are traditional sports and esports converging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  20. Esports Gain Prominence As Major Leagues Go Dark
  21. A pandemic proved that esports is more vital than ever for entertainment | Opinion: As the last sport left standing, esports is in a position to rally fans, new users, and curious onlookers
  22. Gaming hours, spend, digital purchases up as COVID-19 keeps players inside – Nielsen: 29% of gamers in the US say they’re playing online with friends more often
  23. Mobile games spending expected to see minimal impact from COVID-19 – Sensor Tower: Spending expected to reach $72b in 2020, near $100b by 2024
  24. The party goes on in massive online worlds
  25. Strange Times: During The COVID-19 Outbreak, Evictions Get A Pause…In Final Fantasy 14
  26. N3TWORK aims to help devs tackle UA and growth with $50 million fund
  27. N3twork announces $50m fund to scale published mobile games: Growth fund to support 100 games over the next year, alongside $1m pilot fund
  28. Over 1m boxed games sold in the UK in three weeks: But Resident Evil 3 disappoints in latest charts
  29. Bonuses: Gaming’s second favorite surprise mechanic | Opinion – Developers can push themselves to extremes in the hopes of a big payday, but there’s no guarantee success will be rewarded
  30. UK Government enlists game developers to push ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ messaging
  31. UK developers work with government to fight COVID-19: King, Rebellion, and Codemasters to include “Stay At Home, Stay Safe” messaging in their games
  32. Getting the hate out of games: ADL’s Daniel Kelley says the industry can learn from social media to make communities welcoming to more players
  33. SMG Studio: Platform holders need to drive accessibility
  34. Report: Game X Change keeps stores open, gives staff bogus advice for facing COVID-19
  35. Game X Change remains open despite COVID-19, sends workers debunked health advice: Employees report store has also failed to provide stores with cleaning and safety supplies
  36. Phil Spencer talks how Xbox teams are weathering remote work in the lead-up to Series X
  37. Microsoft: Staggered launch would “hurt” Xbox Series X – Phil Spencer wants to keep global rollout for new console in the face of COVID-19 pressures
  38. Phil Spencer: Launch price will be ‘critical’ to the success of Xbox Series X
  39. Xbox cautiously rolling out Project xCloud preview in Western Europe: Registrations now open, streaming service will arrive when internet infrastructure is not overwhelmed due to coronavirus
  40. Over 1,100 Steam games earned at least $10k within two weeks of launch in 2019: That’s up 18% from last year, while new game release totals were up 11%
  41. Ars analysis: ~80% of Steam games earn under $5K in first two weeks
  42. Valve’s breakdown of Steam launch earnings says ‘success’ is on the rise4
  43. Embracer Group raises $164 million to acquire more studios and publishers 
  44. Embracer Group raises $164m for acquisition and expansion: THQ Nordic parent company also issues COVID-19 business impact assessment
  45. Demiurge co-founder buys the studio back from Sega: Original CEO Albert Reed wants the Marvel Puzzle Quest developer to return to supporting work on AAA titles
  46. Stadia launches free tier including two-month trial of Stadia Pro
  47. Stadia’s wider launch begins with a two-month free Stadia Pro trial
  48. Google offers Stadia Pro for free for two months: But it’s still not the official launch of Stadia Base
  49. Stadia will lower default settings to reduce internet strain during COVID-19
  50. Amazon Makes Grab For Gaming With Development Of Stadia Competitor, PC Titles ‘Crucible’ And ‘New World’
  51. Report: COVID-19 could delay Amazon’s cloud-based gaming platform into 2021
  52. Coronavirus reportedly delays Amazon’s game streaming service Project Tempo into 2021: But internet giant will release first original IP Crucible next month, interactive casual games for Twitch in the summer
  53. Twitch breaks 3b total hours watched in a single quarter for the first time: Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming all see lifts in hours watched, though Mixer continues downward trend
  54. Twitch Expands Nudity Guidelines To Allow Cleavage, Swimwear, Breastfeeding
  55. Valorant’s closed beta debut lands Riot Games a new Twitch viewership record
  56. Quarantine questions for the streaming future | Opinion: The games industry has pinned its future to fast broadband infrastructure — but as the world self-isolates, the risks of those choices become clear
  57. The Last of Us Part II and Iron Man VR delayed as COVID-19 complicates release plans
  58. The Last of Us Part 2, Iron Man VR delayed “indefinitely”: PlayStation issues automatic refunds for digital pre-orders of both games
  59. ‘Iron Man VR’ for PSVR Delayed Indefinitely Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
  60. The Last of Us Part II is “nearly done.” So why is it being delayed?
  61. The next PlayStation controller is called DualSense, looks like a cool robot
  62. The PS5 DualSense gamepad doubles down on dream of next-gen immersion
  63. Don’t Miss: Mark Cerny’s 2013 ‘no holds barred’ PlayStation 4 hardware deep dive
  64. People Are Playing the Piano in ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ and It’s Magnificent
  65. How height, audio cues, and trust sculpted VR locomotion in Half-Life: Alyx
  66. The best practices and design principles of VR development
  67. “People are returning, and buying new stuff — that never happened before in VR”: Last year brought the next generation of VR hardware, says Ndreams’ and 2020 will see the same revolution in VR software
  68. Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Litigation Update: Responding to Patent Litigation Threats from AR/VR Non-Practicing Entities
  69. GameStop ordered to close Boston store after violating lockdown: Retailer issued a nuisance order, staff had been serving shoppers through the door with hands wrapped in plastic bags
  70. Nintendo says “more systems on the way” as Switch sells out worldwide: Major retailer says that some customers are picking up PS4 or Xbox One instead
  71. Searching for the ultimate Super Mario Bros. player among the masses
  72. Report: Animal Crossing has sold over 2.6 million retail copies in Japan alone
  73. Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales top 2.6m in Japan: Nintendo’s latest drives Switch sales, towers over the competition in latest Japanese sales charts
  74. Parenting in a pandemic: Chaos, control, and an Animal Crossing meltdown
  75. Cooking Mama dev shuts down rumours of Switch version mining cryptocurrency: Studio says blockchain was never a feature, is “frustrated” by distribution problems
  76. Sony forms $100 million global relief fund to help those affected by COVID-19
  77. Sony sets up $100m COVID-19 Relief Fund: Company will fund support for frontline medical workers, educators, and the entertainment industry
  78. Electronic Arts pledges at least $2m in match-funded support for COVID-19 relief: Staff around the world lead grassroots efforts to support local frontline workers and relief organisations
  79. British government starts pushing social distancing via in-game ads
  80. Irish studio Vela Games raises $3.1 million to create ‘player first’ co-op titles
  81. You can help medical science just by playing a new Borderlands mini-game
  82. Gearbox to help scientists map the human gut with Borderlands Science: New puzzle game within Borderlands 3 will enlist players to make up for computer shortfalls
  83. After the lockdown: China studios on returning to work – Chinese developers share lessons learned from remote working and their efforts to prevent a second wave of COVID-19
  84. Facebook Gaming launches Tournaments: Starting today, Facebook Gaming users can create brackets for their friends
  85. SteelSeries acquires Nahimic: Accessories firm will use new subsidiary’s expertise to improve its proprietary audio engine
  86. Resident Evil 3: Critical Consensus – Capcom’s third remake finds the classic series at a turning point — and there are dissenting voices amid the critical praise
  87. Final Fantasy VII Remake spoiler-free review: Our kind of Cloud gaming
  88. Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Critical Consensus – Critics praise this impressive but bloated reimagining of the iconic RPG
  89. After over 300 weeks of releases, Ubisoft is ending work on new Rocksmith DLC
  90. Retro console Amico receives 10,000 pre-sales in one week: Upcoming console from Intellivision Entertainment also sells over 100,000 to major retailers ahead of October launch
  91. Designing around panic in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
  92. War Stories: How Homeworld brought the third dimension to real-time strategy
  93. Blog: Historians discuss Through the Darkest of Times
  94. Blog: The difference between random and randomized progression
  95. Blog: Getting the most out of player reviews
  96. Blog: What does games culturalization involve?
  97. Blog: Designing the art of Damaged In Transit
  98. Blog: Best virtual development practices for a COVID-19 world
  99. Blog: The impact of product managers on game design
  100. Blog: A postmortem of my rope-swinging action title Hang Line
  101. Don’t Miss: How Rogue Legacy handles tutorials without being boring
  102. Video: Learning from 2 case studies of LGBTQ+ representation in games
  103. Video: Overcoming creative block on Super Crush KO
  104. Video: Lessons learned about matchmaking for engagement in Halo 5
  105. Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium win big at BAFTA Games Awards
  106. Outer Wilds wins best game, original IP, and design at 2020 BAFTA Game Awards: Disco Elysium also takes home three honors for best narrative, music, and debut
  107. U.S. Patent no. 10,286,327: Multiplayer video game matchmaking system and methods

DIGITAL

  1. Dear Jeff Bezos, instead of firing me, protect your workers from coronavirus: I spoke up for safety at an Amazon warehouse. Unfortunately I believe it cost me my job
  2. Leaked Amazon Memo Details Plan to Smear Fired Warehouse Organizer: ‘He’s Not Smart or Articulate’ –  Written notes from the meeting, attended by CEO Jeff Bezos, detail Amazon’s strategy to fight union organizing,
  3. Leaked Amazon memo: Walkout leader “not smart or articulate”
  4. Amazon Confronts Coronavirus and Unions: One a Real Threat, the Other Overblown: As the world’s largest online retailer was coping with a global crisis, why did it create a new one for itself?
  5. Is Amazon approaching its breaking point in the Covid-19 crisis?
  6. In a surprising change, Amazon now sells movies in its Prime Video iOS app
  7. TikTok Users In China Temporarily Banned For Speaking Their Own Cantonese Language Instead Of Using The Official Mandarin
  8. The limits of decentralization (Andres Guadamuz)
  9. Lessig v. NYT: Very. Good. News. (Lawrence Lessig)
  10. Social Links: Biden’s stance on CDA §230; liability for user-generated content; Twitter’s process for reviewing Trump’s tweets
  11. Twitter notifies users that it’s now sharing more data with advertisers: Users in Europe are the exception
  12. Twitter Updates its Policies to Allow Some Coronavirus-Related Advertising
  13. Rangers, NHL condemn racial slurs in hijacked player video chat
  14. The Coronavirus Reveals That the Stars Are Not Like Us: If there was ever a fourth wall dividing celebrities and the rest of us on social media, the quarantine has broken it.
  15. A Must For Millions, Zoom Has A Dark Side – And An FBI Warning
  16. Zoombombing is a crime, not a prank, prosecutors warn: Disrupting a Zoom meeting could lead to “law enforcement knocking at your door.”
  17. Using Zoom while working from home? Here are the privacy risks to watch out for: Don’t let tattle-tale software features disrupt your remote workflow.
  18. ‘Zoombombing’ Becomes a Dangerous Organized Effort: Zoom, the videoconferencing app, has become a target for harassment and abuse coordinated in private off-platform chats.
  19. Zoom brings in former Facebook security head amid lawsuits, investigations
  20. Zoom adds new security and privacy measures to prevent Zoombombing: Passwords and waiting rooms will be turned on by default
  21. Teleconferencing Company Zoom Pitching End-To-End Encryption That Really Isn’t End-To-End
  22. Senator Blumenthal Is Super Mad That Zoom Isn’t Actually Offering The End To End Encryption His Law Will Outlaw
  23. Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto
  24. A Big Zooming Mess: A Cautionary Tale
  25. Judge Isn’t Impressed By Lawyer’s Purported Unfamiliarity With LinkedIn–Reyes v. Tanaka
  26. Netflix will allow parents to remove movies and shows, filter by rating in new update: Making profile accounts for kids even more specific
  27. Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ Is Most Popular TV Show In U.S., Spurring YouTube Views For Joe Exotic
  28. “When They See Us” Sees Dismissal of Defamation Claim
  29. Google revises COVID-19 ad ban after backlash: Democrats slammed Google for preventing them from criticizing Trump’s response to the crisis. Google said it will announce new policies in the coming days.
  30. YouTube says it will suppress content promoting false 5G coronavirus conspiracy: 5G masts have been set on fire in the UK
  31. Jon Cusack The Latest Celebrity To Spread Nonsense About 5G
  32. 5G Isn’t Interesting Enough To Warrant These Stupid Conspiracy Theories
  33. YouTube moves to limit spread of false coronavirus 5G theory: Decision comes as four more phone masts are attacked
  34. YouTube profits from videos promoting unproven Covid-19 treatments: New report finds company is running ads on videos pushing herbs and potentially unsafe over-the-counter treatments for virus
  35. YouTube Makes Select Premium Series Free To Watch Amid Ongoing Quarantining
  36. YouTube Kids App Sees More Usage Than All Major Video Platforms’—Including YouTube
  37. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber Takes The YouTube Stage, Will Stream Free Musicals Every Friday
  38. Robin Williams Estate Launches YouTube Channel To Commemorate The Comedic Legend
  39. All Creators In The YouTube Partner Program Can Now Monetize Content About COVID-19
  40. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 4/6/2020
  41. FTC Enforces against Advertiser and Influencers for Breaching Influence Marketing Practices
  42. Influencers and Targets on Social Media: Investigating the Impact of Network Homogeneity and Group Identification on Online Influence
  43. With Billions of Interactions Around COVID-19, Influencers Are Harnessing Their Platforms For Good
  44. How Children’s Social Video Content is Growing During Quarantines
  45. Navy Deploys USS Barbra Streisand After Firing A Captain For Expressing His Coronavirus Concerns
  46. Quibi, day one: This phone-focused TV service really isn’t that bad
  47. Mobile video service Quibi launches to mixed reviews
  48. Quibi Sees 300,000 Day 1 Downloads—Just 7.5% Of Disney+’s Debut Audience
  49. Hip-Hop and R&B Hitmakers Are Setting Viewership Records Via Instagram Live Battles
  50. How conspiracy theories about COVID-19 went viral: Why do epidemics breed conspiracy theories? And what do scientists say?
  51. Coronavirus, the ‘Soros Bio-weapon’: How Far Right anti- Semitic Conspiracy Theories Are Infecting Mainstream Politics – As the virus spreads white supremacists and the far-right are repackaging old anti-Semitic tropes
  52. Why pandemics are the perfect environment for conspiracy theories to flourish
  53. Why Wikipedia is winning against the coronavirus ‘infodemic’: Against all odds, Wikipedia’s eccentric volunteer editors are holding back the tide of coronavirus misinformation
  54. What Role Should Newsrooms Play in Debunking COVID-19 Misinformation?: When conspiracies pass a tipping point, newsrooms collectively pushing out strong debunks can slow the spread of myths and misinformation
  55. Why Wikipedia Is Immune to Coronavirus: As the pandemic has been accompanied by an ‘infodemic’ of bad information, Wikipedia has stepped in to provide relief. It has become the go-to source for COVID-19 information.
  56. Media deal with Facebook and Google more urgent with coronavirus taking jobs, says regulator: Australian Competition Commission pushing for code of conduct to ensure news businesses are treated fairly
  57. Content Moderation Is Impossible: Facebook’s Attempts To Block Mask Gouging Took Down DIY Face Mask Instructions
  58. Facebook to Hire 10,000 Workers This Year, Sets Plans for Doling Out $100M in Aid to Small Businesses
  59. Citing Virus Misinformation, South Africa Tests Speech Limits: Suppressing false Covid-19 information may have benefits, but as South Africa shows, combatting fake news isn’t simple.
  60. New Penalties for Posting Fake News on Social Networks
  61. Coronavirus: Uber and Lyft trying to evade driver unemployment costs, critics say: Ride-hailing companies pushed for direct aid to drivers
  62. Coronavirus slowed Uber and Lyft – but not their big-money efforts to undo AB 5: The gig economy companies added $267,000 to a California campaign that seeks to rewrite the rules for contract workers.
  63. Learning From Home Is Hard Enough. Try Doing It Where Wifi Is Illegal.: In the “valley of the telescopes,” remote education is a disaster.
  64. Can Airbnb Survive Coronavirus?: The short-term rental market is reeling from the coronavirus-driven tourism collapse. Can the industry’s dominant player stage a comeback after lockdowns lift?
  65. How the Covid-19 crisis locked Airbnb out of its own homes: The short-let platform’s business model has been exposed. Bookings have fallen off a cliff but Airbnb simply can’t change tack
  66. Airbnb may become obsolete depending on recovery of tourism after Covid-19 crisis: Bookings on Airbnb slumped from 96% to 41% this year due travel restrictions imposed by many countries in view of the pandemic.
  67. Airbnb has been rocked by COVID-19. Do we really want to see it recover?: It’s time to consider alternatives to the profit-driven models of platform capitalists.
  68. Airbnb is reeling from the coronavirus fallout
  69. Delivery apps have transformed urban life in China: They have also created a new kind of worker
  70. China Tech Looks Unready for What’s Coming Next: They survived the coronavirus lockdown, but even the biggest companies aren’t safe from the global recession.
  71. Lockdown was supposed to be an introvert’s paradise. It’s not.: Calendars cleared by coronavirus are filling up with virtual happy hours & some are starting to feel exhausted.
  72. Working, Working Together, And Networking During the Web-Hype of the ‘Corona Crisis’
  73. Snapchat Taps Will Smith For Quarantined Celebrity Talk Show, Set In His Garage
  74. Trial by video conference? Not yet, but coronavirus forces Bay Area courts to embrace more virtual proceedings
  75. Apple will battle COVID-19 by designing and making millions of medical face shields
  76. Apple doubles donation to China’s COVID-19 relief efforts: iPhone maker has now contributed $7 million to fighting the pandemic
  77. Spotify now works with Siri on the Apple Watch: Apple started allowing third-party Siri music support last year
  78. Spotify Expands Self-Serve Ad Studio to 18 Markets Around the World: Company has seen a 68% increase in monthly active advertisers in a year
  79. SoundCloud now lets artists add a direct donation button to their page: To help musicians affected by the pandemic
  80. Courts are moving to video during coronavirus, but research shows it’s hard to get a fair trial remotely
  81. ‘Beginning of a new era’: how culture went virtual in the face of crisis
  82. Livestreams Are Moving to Hard Tickets to Replace Lost Touring Revenue
  83. The coronavirus crisis could fundamentally alter the internet: The covid-19 pandemic has many of us stuck at home. The result could completely reshape how we use the internet
  84. Already Popular, the E-Signature Is Forever Part of Commercial Life
  85. The problem of innovation in technoscientific capitalism: data rentiership and the policy implications of turning personal digital data into a private asset
  86. Unblurring videoconferencing legal risks
  87. Vertical Restraints in a Digital World (David Evans)
  88. Intel’s 10th-generation H-series laptop CPUs break 5GHz

A.I.

  1. Robots help China manage the coronavirus pandemic
  2. The Far-Right Helped Create The World’s Most Powerful Facial Recognition Technology: Clearview AI, which has alarmed privacy experts, hired several far-right employees, a HuffPost investigation found.
  3. AI Startups Cut Staff as Coronavirus Slams Economy: Job and spending forecasts had been relatively optimistic for the sector
  4. ‘Show me your ID’: Tunisia deploys ‘robocop’ to enforce coronavirus lockdown – A police robot is patrolling the streets of the capital calling out suspected violators of the lockdown
  5. Robot Vehicles Make Contactless Deliveries Amid Coronavirus Quarantine
  6. Robots May Become Heroes In War On Coronavirus
  7. Even the Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Europe’s Push to Regulate AI
  8. How to Design AI for Social Good: Seven Essential Factors
  9. Capitalism’s mirror stage: artificial intelligence and the quantified worker
  10. Machine Learning Patentability in 2019: 5 Cases Analyzed and Lessons Learned Part 5
  11. When Computers Invent: How the Use of Artificial Intelligence to Treat COVID-19 Highlights Novel Inventorship Issues

COMMUNICATIONS

  1.  SLAPP Suit Filed Against Fox News Over Awful & Dangerous COVID-19 Coverage
  2. TV stations don’t have to correct Trump’s COVID-19 statements, FCC says
  3. Ex-FCC Staffer Says FCC Authority Given Up In Net Neutrality Repeal Sure Would Prove Handy In A Crisis
  4. How the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory tore through the internet: From an interview with a Belgian doctor to  arson attacks, the conspiracy theory that 5G is linked to the coronavirus pandemic has spread unlike any other
  5. Why 5G is not causing the coronavirus pandemic, despite the conspiracy theory about towers, Wuhan and radiation: All scientific evidence points to 5G in its current form being non-harmful to humans
  6. Radio station sanctioned for misleading coronavirus interview
  7. White House Establishes Committee on Foreign Participation in U.S. Telecommunications
  8. Pandemic hasn’t crushed broadband networks—even rural areas are doing OK
  9. Fearing the Invisible: The long history behind the 5G COVID-19 conspiracy theory.
  10. CMF to Invest C$353M in Canadian TV, Digital Media Production
  11. T-Mobile, Sprint took a risk by finishing merger without Calif. approval
  12. The T-Mobile Merger Closes, Highlighting Vast U.S. Media, Legal, And Policy Failures
  13. FCC: TracFone made up “fictitious” customers to defraud low-income program
  14. Verizon refuses to give DSL users its low-income deals during pandemic
  15. Verizon canceling FiOS installs and telling customers to wait a few months

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Canada legislates the use of inventions during the pandemic
  2. Amendments to the Patent Act in response to COVID-19
  3. “Lightly Sketched” Characters Not Copyrightable
  4. The Batmobile is Copyrightable… Your Cute and Fuzzy Characters May Not Be
  5. Copyright Protection for the Selection and Arrangement of Uncopyrightable Elements: Gray v. Perry
  6. Court schools overzealous copyright licensor, holding that high school choir arrangement was fair use and awarding choir defendants their attorney’s fees
  7. That Coronavirus Image Is Public Domain, But That Won’t Stop Getty From Trying To Sell You A $500 License To Use It
  8. Lightbulb Moment: It’s Possible to Grant an Implied Copyright Sublicense
  9. Johannsongs-Publishing, Ltd. v. Rolf Lovland: Court grants summary judgment for “You Raise Me Up” finding it not similar to Icelandic song “Soknudur” excluding musicologist’s reports as unreliable and unhelpful.
  10. Waite v. Universal Music Group: In class action involving termination of grants of copyrighted under U.S. Copyright Act, court finds recordings were not works made for hire that would be ineligible for termination.
  11. Copyright Termination. Special Report: Two SDNY Decisions on the Same Day!
  12. World’s Worst Copyright Trolling Lawyer, Richard Liebowitz, Files Lawsuit Against Ellen Barkin For Posting Photo Of Herself
  13. SCOTUS Sinks the CRCA, Confirms States are Immune from Copyright Suits
  14. US Supreme Court Holds Unanimously That States Cannot Be Sued for Damages in Copyright Infringement Suits
  15. States Can Be Pirates: Managing Business Copyright Protections
  16. Response Clothing Limited v The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited: The Edinburgh Woollen Mill finds itself in a stitch following infringement of copyright in wave design fabric
  17. Ninth Circuit Rallies in Defense of a Parody Dog Toy–Bad Spaniels v. Jack Daniel’s
  18. Southern District of New York Revisits Tiffany v. eBay in Chanel’s Lawsuit Against The RealReal
  19. Court Approves Settlement Between BMI and Radio Music Licensing Committee, Though Terms Are Not Yet Public – Many Other Music Licensing Issues Still Facing the Radio Industry
  20. Anti-Piracy Copyright Lawyer Decides To Abuse Trademarks To Shut Down Pirates
  21. Protecting against digital trademark infringement
  22. Federal Circuit Says Logos Must Be Taken Seriously in Evaluating Infringement of Design Patents
  23. Bad Faith Finding Still Required to Ban Patent Infringement Accusations
  24. University libraries offer online “lending” of scanned in-copyright books
  25. Patents in Crisis: Is there a Solution in Sight?
  26. Predictive Text Patent Troll Tries To Shake Down Wikipedia
  27. Bad Idea Is Bad: Senator Sasse Wants To Give Whoever Patents COVID-19 Treatments 10 Extra Years Of Patent Protection
  28. How intellectual property rights can protect automotive designs
  29. Dr. Drew apologizes for being a COVID-19 denier after copyright silliness: Dr. Drew coronavirus supercut restored to YouTube after copyright takedown.
  30. Dr. Drew Pinsky Played Down COVID-19, Then Tries To DMCA Away The Evidence
  31. Should Your Company Grant a Free License to Your Company’s Intellectual Property in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency?
  32. COVID-19 and the future of open access
  33. 3D printing and IP in a pandemic
  34. Corona Beer vs coronavirus: effects on the company’s brand and its response
  35. Those Ex-Theranos Patents Look Really Bad; Contest Opened To Find Prior Art To Get Them Invalidated
  36. No Need to Wonder Anymore: Ninth Circuit Holds Stairway to Heaven Does Not Infringe Taurus
  37. The Final Revenge of Queen Anne’s Revenge: State’s Use of Photographs Is Not Piracy
  38. Role of IP in the Growth of Disney
  39. Sky v SkyKick: was the CJEU swayed by Sky’s well-known brand?
  40. Religious Institutions v. COVID-19: Why Religious Institutions Should Think Twice Before Live Streaming
  41. Supreme Court rules on balancing of copyright and fundamental rights (Sweeden)
  42. CJEU: hiring out cars with radio receivers not communication to the public
  43. “Don’t change the station! I like this song” – the CJEU clarifies ‘communication to the public’ (again)
  44. EU Says That, No, Rental Car Companies Don’t Need To Pay A License To Rent Cars With Radios That Might Play Music
  45. CJEU finds Amazon not liable for direct infringement by unwittingly stocking infringing goods being sold through its website
  46. European Court of Justice Holds Amazon Not Liable for Storing Third-Party Sellers’ Infringing Products, Another Reason Why Brands Must Take Greater Control In The European Market
  47. Amazon: no infringing use but online platforms still in hot water?
  48. Companies are Not only Sharing IP, They are Enabling Others to Copy Their Product
  49. Protecting Intellectual Property and Data if Employee Separation is Anticipated
  50. The issue of confidentiality in Intellectual Property litigation

PRIVACY

  1. Saudi Arabia Exploiting Wireless SS7 Flaw to Track Targets In The United States
  2. Website cookies in Canada: is consent required?
  3. Bugs that let sites hijack Mac and iPhone cameras fetch $75k bounty
  4. Attackers can bypass fingerprint authentication with an ~80% success rate
  5. Pixel 4 face unlock finally gains an alertness check
  6. Another Coronavirus Side Effect: In-Home Surveillance By Remote Workers’ Employers
  7. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and Online Learning
  8. The publication of COVID-19 quarantine lists violates the right to privacy
  9. Google is releasing your anonymized location data to help health officials with coronavirus containment
  10. Your Phone May Be Contributing to Google’s Coronavirus Reports: Location data is a new, somewhat controversial tool in the fight against Covid-19
  11. Google knows if everyone in your county is actually staying home or not
  12. Tech firms, others gain waiver to share patient data, raising​ privacy fears: The waiver from DHHS, seeks to make it easier for public health authorities to utilize patient data in the fight against COVID-19.
  13. Coronavirus and the Future of Surveillance: Democracies Must Offer an Alternative to Authoritarian Solutions
  14. NASA sees an “exponential” jump in malware attacks as personnel work from home
  15. FTC Sends Warning Letters to VoIP Service Providers
  16. Civil society groups call for protection of human rights in digital surveillance amid COVID-19: The measures adopted should be lawful, necessary and proportionate, wrote the signatories
  17. Tracking coronavirus: big data and the challenge to privacy
  18. Using tech to fight the virus: How much privacy are South Koreans relinquishing in the battle against COVID-19?
  19. Covid-19: the race to create privacy-focused contact tracing tools
  20. The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Location Data in the Pandemic: Using smartphone information from to track coronavirus may be a good idea. But using it to track the movements of specific individuals is not.
  21. Pand-Veillance: The Catalyst Effect of Covid-19 on Surveillance Practices (Arthur Laudrain)
  22. COVID-19 and Applicable Law to Transnational Personal Data: Trends and Dynamics (Jie Huang)
  23. COVID-19 Will Someday Fade Away. The Wireless Location Data Practices Being Embraced To Track It Probably Won’t.
  24. Governments turn to tech in coronavirus fight – but at what cost?: Critics warn privacy, civil liberties may be at risk as govt’s turn to tech volunteers, companies in COVID-19 responses.
  25. COVID’s borders: between peer-to-peer surveillance and the “common good”
  26. Coronavirus: location-tracking apps could stop the disease – here’s how
  27. Data protection in times of COVID-19: the risks of surveillance in Brazil
  28. Privacy Experts Say Responsible Coronavirus Surveillance Is Possible
  29. Coronavirus is testing the limits of Russia’s surveillance state
  30. Make Europe capital of data sovereignty
  31. Enlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears
  32. We Mapped How the Coronavirus Is Driving New Surveillance Programs Around the World: At least 28 countries are ramping up surveillance to combat the coronavirus
  33. Complex ecologies of trust in data practices and data-driven systems
  34. Plastic surveillance: Payment cards and the history of transactional data, 1888 to present (Josh Lauer)

CREATIVITY   

  1. Journalism hit hard by corona crisis
  2. COVID-19 Entertainment Update: Silver Linings Playbook for Entertainment Companies
  3. Art matters more than ever during the COVID-19 crisis
  4. The Pandemic’s Effects on Museums and Art Schools
  5. HR ‘Don’ts’ Inspired by Netflix’s Tiger King
  6. Ten Years Later—Lessons Learned from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Kokoschka Case

Jon

News of the Week: April 1, 2020

GAMES

  1. ‘NBA 2K’ Publisher Beats Copyright Suit Over LeBron James’ Tattoos: In a landmark decision on the tatto a federal judge rules that Take-Two’s depiction was de minimus and that an implied license was granted.
  2. Judge Swain: Depicting NBA Players’ Tattoos in Video Game Is “Fair Use”
  3. Court Manages To Get NBA2K Tattoo Copyright, Trademark Case Exactly Right
  4. Videogame Doesn’t Infringe Tattoo Copyright By Depicting Basketball Players–Solid Oak Sketches v. 2K Games (Eric Goldman)
  5. Videogame Can Replicate Musician’s “Signature Move” (Unless It’s a False Endorsement, Which It Isn’t)–Pellegrino v. Epic Games (Eric Goldman)
  6. US court dismisses Humvee trademark infringement suit against Activision: New York judge rules that use of Humvees in Call of Duty is protected as artistic expression
  7. Wargaming.net files lawsuit against group of former employees: Blitz Team says it has become target of “unfair competition and legal bullying” at hands of Wargaming
  8. Gamevice brings yet another accusation of Nintendo patent infringement: This is the peripherals manufacturer’s third attempt at such a complaint
  9. Nintendo Switch sells out at retail, leading to third-party price inflation
  10. The year of Mario: A ton of classic 3D games reportedly coming to Switch in 2020
  11. How SNES emulators got a few pixels from complete perfection
  12. Report: Gearbox overspent on Borderlands 3, and devs see bonuses cut in response
  13. Borderlands 3 devs accuse Gearbox of shorting bonuses: Kotaku reports that promised six-figure bonuses have been significantly reduced, studio planning an IPO
  14. Epic offers $1m reward for evidence of Houseparty smear campaign: Fortnite developers assures that app does not enable access to bank accounts or other services
  15. Activision has dished out over 50,000 permabans in Call of Duty: Warzone
  16. Activision permabans over 50,000 cheaters in Call of Duty: Warzone – Publisher says it has “zero tolerance” policy on cheaters and will issue regular updates on number of bans handed out
  17. Jedi Academy dev promises to fix mistake that let PC gamers slaughter console players
  18. Sony declines to sell Call of Duty in Russia (again): Modern Warfare 2 Remastered will not be sold through PlayStation Store
  19. Players host weddings, classes, more in online games during COVID-19 crisis
  20. Hyper casual dominated new mobile downloads in 2019: More than 75% of the 20 most downloaded new mobile games of 2019 were hyper casual
  21. Fox’s virtual Texas NASCAR race sets esports record with 1.3 million viewers
  22. NASCAR’s First Virtual Race Draws Record-Setting 903K Viewers, Seals Broadcast Deal For Rest Of Season
  23. Mobile esports team Tribe Gaming raises $1 million: Backers include NBA all-star Gordon Hayward, WWE wrestler Cesaro, and Super Evil Megacorp CEO Kristian Segerstrale
  24. During The Outbreak: All Sports Are eSports Now
  25. How to play Pokémon Go when everyone’s stuck inside
  26. Pokémon and Apex Legends esports events cancelled: Physical events scrapped amid coronavirus concerns, prize money shifted to online competitions
  27. Anybrain receives €1m investment form Trust Esport: Artificial intelligence startup works to secure online gaming and make esports more fair
  28. FaZe Clan, Verizon Host Charity ‘Fortnite’ Match For Coronavirus Relief Efforts
  29. ESL partners up with PUBG Mobile to host competitions for the game
  30. Andre ‘Typical Gamer’ Rebelo Signs Exclusive Streaming Deal With YouTube
  31. What is happening with video game sales during coronavirus: GamesIndustry.biz analyses the latest figures from GSD
  32. Pandemic has led to spikes in mobile gaming, says ironSource: App monetization firm reports daily average users, new game installs up in regions under lock down
  33. The rise and rise of video games: Covid-19 has drawn renewed attention to an under-appreciated industry
  34. Kojima’s GBA experiment—and the sunny island childhood it changed forever
  35. Kojima Productions working remotely after employee diagnosed with COVID-19
  36. Kojima Productions staff working remotely after employee diagnosed with COVID-19: Developer is working with health authorities to prevent further spread of virus
  37. UK retailer Game furloughs staff with full pay through April: However, company tells staff it cannot guarantee full pay or jobs past that point
  38. Twitch is holding a Stream Aid charity event to raise money for the fight against coronavirus
  39. Twitch ‘Stream Aid’ To Combat Coronavirus Raises $2.8 Million, Nabs 135,000 Concurrent Viewers
  40. A Twitch streamer is exposing coronavirus scams live
  41. Mojang shakes up AR game Minecraft Earth to adapt to shelter-in-place play
  42. Pokémon Go temporarily changes mechanics to reduce spread of COVID-19: Mojang follows suit with changes to Minecraft Earth
  43. Pokémon Go revenue spikes as game continues to adjust for COVID-19: Last week was its highest-earning week in 2020 so far, despite lockdowns
  44. Record number of Steam users online during coronavirus outbreak: Steam sees record numbers of users in-game, and record concurrent users for third week running
  45. With more people staying home, Steam makes changes to reduce bandwidth use
  46. GameStop turns a Q4 profit despite 28% dip in sales: Retailer says pandemic has increased demand; chain closed 320 stores last year and looks to close that many or more in the current year
  47. Amid pandemic closures, GameStop says it’s seeing increased business
  48. GameStop ends 2019 with sales down year-over-year, but ‘increased financial flexibility’
  49. GameStop to close at least 320 stores in 2020
  50. GameStop says no indication of PS5, Xbox Series X delays: Retailer says as of right now, pandemic has had “minimal” impact on product deliveries
  51. Sony says COVID-19 won’t impact PS5 launch (yet)
  52. Early Access MMO Last Oasis offering full refunds due to server problems: Game being taken offline for a week while developers fix issues
  53. Colopl acquires Steins;Gate developer Mages for $15 million: Studio will become a wholly owned subsidiary after mobile firm purchases all shares
  54. Koch Media, Kalypso Media expand physical publishing partnership
  55. South Australia launches second round of Games Innovation Fund
  56. Xbox encouraging devs to push updates during off-peak hours to lessen server strain
  57. Microsoft adjusts Xbox Live functionality due to pandemic: As demand for cloud services surges, custom gamerpics disabled and game updates only delivered in off-peak hours
  58. Future shuts down Official Xbox Magazine after almost two decades
  59. Official Xbox Magazine closed: Publication is reportedly one of six magazines Future has discontinued
  60. Sony doesn’t see pandemic affecting PS5 launch: Despite factory closures and downgraded profit forecast, Sony estimates no material impact on its gaming business so far
  61. Sony will begin limiting PSN download speeds in the U.S.
  62. Sony reduces PSN download speeds for the US: PlayStation maker expands European downgrade “to help ensure internet stability” during pandemic
  63. Bungie: Google Stadia an “amazing solution” for playtesting during lockdown – COO Patrick O’Kelley says Google’s streaming platform can replicate an essential aspect of game development
  64. Google Stadia, ‘beefy laptops’ drive Bungie’s remote work success
  65. Tencent and Huawei are working on a mobile cloud gaming platform
  66. All hail Nintendo’s animal overlords | Opinion: Animal Crossing looks set to be one of the year’s biggest games — we might reflect on what it says about the appetite for different kinds of escapism
  67. A Super Mario Christmas is the ideal counter to PS5 and Xbox Series X | Opinion: Why a bunch of Mario ports may be all Nintendo needs to face off against the new consoles
  68. Strong week for UK physical game sales despite lockdown: “Animal Crossing New Horizons” drops to No.3
  69. Final Fantasy VII Remake shipping early amid COVID-19 disruption: Square Enix reveals European and Australian players may receive the game sooner than April 10 launch
  70. Square Enix will ship ‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’ early to some countries: Disruption caused by the coronavirus will leave some players open to spoilers.
  71. Epic launches new publishing program with 50/50 profit sharing for developers
  72. Epic launches publishing label with Remedy, Playdead and GenDesign onboard: Epic Games Publishing will be multiplatform, cover as much as 100% of costs, and offer partners 50/50 profit share
  73. Epic Games is now a third-party multi-plat publisher, secures three big studios
  74. Epic signs Playdead, Remedy, and genDesign to new publishing label
  75. COVID-19 preventing Bethesda from hosting digital E3 showcase
  76. Star Citizen dev Cloud Imperium raises $17.25 million in funding
  77. Cloud Imperium secures $17.25m in additional investment: Existing investors pour more finance into Star Citizen developer
  78. Colopl acquires game and interactive novel developer Mages for $14.92 million
  79. Terraria has sold over 30 million copies across all platforms
  80. Niantic acquires 6D.ai to help map out the entire world for AR
  81. Niantic acquires AR mapping company 6D.ai: Location-based game developer working on dynamic, 3D map of the world
  82. How to Clean Your VR Headset
  83. Roto VR Picks up $1.86M Investment to Support Roll-out of Rotating VR Chair
  84. ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Now Among Steam’s 10 Best Rated Games Ever, Surpassing All Other ‘Half-Life’ Titles
  85. With Half-Life: Alyx out, Valve shifts focus to its Hammer level editor
  86. Forte recruits 5 more high-end game studios to make blockchain-based games
  87. Wasteland 3 delayed due to COVID-19: Minecraft Dungeons also delayed into May for the same reason
  88. The Sandbox blockchain-based world will feature virtual Atari theme park
  89. Researchers turn to PC gamers for help with COVID-19: Folding@home downloaded onto over one million devices
  90. Tinybuild’s Hello Neighbour books have made $16m in revenue: Book series hits 2m sales as game franchise passes 30m downloads
  91. League of Legends: The art of balance – Summoner’s Rift team manager John Frank discusses the intricacies of balancing one of the world’s most successful competitive titles
  92. An extended interview with Crash Bandicoot designer Andy Gavin
  93. What happens when an outbreak ruins your game announcement plans?
  94. WHO and game companies launch #PlayApartTogether to promote physical distancing
  95. Industry launches #PlayApartTogether in fight against COVID-19 pandemic: Over 50 companies now using their platforms to spread key messages, organisers in talks 70 more
  96. Resident Evil 3 Remake review: Are we ready for pandemic nostalgia?
  97. Deep Dive: Making a cozy, therapeutic experience in Coffee Talk
  98. Don’t Miss: How Mario Kart influenced Nintendo’s fighting game, ARMS
  99. Don’t Miss: What it took to port Resident Evil 2 to the N64
  100. Don’t Miss: The Valkyrie Profile-inspired design of Indivisible
  101. Don’t Miss: Give players a place to feel ‘cozy’ and they’ll keep coming back
  102. Video: Storytelling with verbs to better integrate narrative and gameplay
  103. Video: Using forgiveness mechanics to design better games 
  104. Video: How Gearbox baked accessibility features into Borderlands 3
  105. Blog: Understanding and effectively implementing live ops
  106. Blog: Differentiating narratives using the selfish story model
  107. Next big thing or next big bubble? – 10 Years Ago This Month: Streaming, motion controls, and stereoscopic 3D were all pushed as transformative technologies
  108. 28 years later, a no-disc version of the Sega CD exists—and it rocks [Updated]
  109. Insert Coin, the arcade documentary worth feeding all your quarters into 
  110. Cyberpunk dev CD Projekt Red donates $950,000 to help fight COVID-19
  111. Eidos-Montreal hosting Deus Ex flash sale to help those affected by COVID-19
  112. Rockstar pledges 5% of Red Dead and GTA Online revenue to fight COVID-19
  113. Dozens of devs pitch in games for Humble’s all-for-charity Conquer COVID-19 bundle
  114. Game industry backs ‘Play Apart Together’ campaign to slow spread of COVID-19
  115. U.S. Patent no. 10,286,326: Soft reservation system and method for multiplayer video games

DIGITAL

  1. Court: Violating a site’s terms of service isn’t criminal hacking
  2. Levandowski says Uber must pay his $179 million judgment to Google
  3. Yet Another Court Says Suing Twitter For Terrorist Acts Is A Waste Of Everyone’s Time
  4. “Material Support for Terrorism” Lawsuit Fails a Third Time–Colon v. Twitter (Eric Goldman)
  5. Redbox’s Terms of Use Fail (OUCH)–Wilson v. Redbox (Eric Goldman)
  6. Section 230 Protects Classifying Non-Competitive Software as a Threat–Asurvio v. Malwarebytes (Eric Goldman)
  7. Broadband Speeds Dip In Major Cities Due To Covid-19
  8. Coronavirus misinformation is the latest test for social media platforms
  9. Study looks at how Russian troll farms are politicizing vaccines
  10. How China Built a Twitter Propaganda Machine Then Let It Loose on Coronavirus: ProPublica analyzed thousands of fake and hijacked Twitter accounts to understand how covert Chinese propaganda spreads around the globe.
  11. Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Are a Public Health Hazard: It’s time to debunk the worst—and most dangerous—Covid-19 misinformation. 
  12. The Digital Response to the Outbreak of COVID-19: Undeniably, we need to use technology as part of disaster response, but the regulatory immaturity of the industry makes technology companies risky allies
  13. Internet Archive offers 1.4 million copyrighted books for free online: Massive online library project is venturing into uncharted legal waters.
  14. Authors fume as online library “lends” unlimited free books
  15. Publishers And Authors Misguided Freakout Over Internet Archive’s Decision To Enable More Digital Book Checkouts During A Pandemic
  16. Streaming Gets Big Bump During Coronavirus Quarantines, Nielsen Says: SVOD platforms outpaced the overall gains in TV usage during the first few weeks of March.
  17. As More People Shelter At Home, Podcasts See 15% Drop In U.S.-Based Listeners
  18. Amazon: Walkout leader’s firing wasn’t due to his organizing efforts
  19. Amazon, Walmart Suspend Marketing Deals With Digital Media Firms
  20. Email, text message attacks surge during COVID-19 crisis
  21. An Internet Shutdown Is Keeping Coronavirus Information from Millions in Pakistan
  22. South Korea: Cyberbullying Amid Coronavirus – Some online trolls seem determined to infuse Korean politics and COVID-19 with racial tensions.
  23. Anti-Vaxxer Sues Facebook, In The Middle Of A Pandemic, For ‘In Excess’ Of $5 Billion For Shutting Down His Account
  24. Facebook spends US$100M to support local news amid pandemic
  25. Facebook invests $100M in journalism as COVID-19 makes it more vital than ever: In the form of direct grants and advertising spend
  26. Facebook Says Live Streams Have Increased 50% This Month, Will Expand ‘Stars’ Monetization To Musicians, More
  27. Facebook has a new way for communities to help each other through COVID-19: Its Community Help feature is expanding
  28. Tech giants are navigating an ‘infodemic.’ Are they doing it right?: Social media platforms have resisted being arbiters of truth for years, but COVID-19 has changed that, fast.
  29. How data-mining companies are set to gain from the Covid-19 pandemic: Their business model, challenged by numerous activists and analysts, is likely to gain further public acceptance, to the detriment of democracy.
  30. Democrats say Google’s COVID-19 ad ban is a gift to Donald Trump: “To not allow political candidates to mention or discuss COVID-19 is something that has the potential to dramatically bolster Trump’s…reelection.”
  31. Judge Allows PEN America’s Lawsuit Against Donald Trump Over Retaliation Against The Media To Proceed
  32. President Trump Is So Upset About This Ad Showing His Failed Handling Of COVID-19 That He’s Demanding It Be Taken Down
  33. Democrats Being Blocked From Advertising On Trump’s Failed COVID-19 Response Due To Content Moderation Rules
  34. How Do You Moderate COVID-19 Misinformation When It’s Coming From Official Sources?
  35. Jared Kushner’s Coronavirus Task Force Is Using Private Email Accounts To Conduct Official Business
  36. Google sent users 40,000 warnings of nation-state hack attacks in 2019
  37. Tech Firms Are Swooping in to Profit From COVID-19: Tech is winning gov’t contracts to roll out spurious apps & services. Innovation must be administered publicly to prevent the further commodification of health care.
  38. Tech giants should give away their money instead of their products: Anything helps, yes. But there’s a limit to even a billion dollars in donations – “Can’t make payroll on ad credits.”
  39. The Online Cold War: foreign hackers and trolls undeterred by virus crisis
  40. Apple acquires Dark Sky weather app, and that’s bad news for Android users
  41. Bogus coronavirus claims lead Google Play to finally give Infowars the boot: Apple kicked Alex Jones out of the App Store in 2018.
  42. Google Commits $800 Million, Mostly in Ad Credits, to Coronavirus Relief Efforts
  43. Don’t Click That Link! It Might Be Viral: There’s been an explosion of Covid-19-related websites, some real and some nefarious.
  44. Frequency of looking for and accessing information about the coronavirus pandemic among adults worldwide as of March 2020
  45. Snapchat preempts clones, syndicates Stories to other apps
  46. Snapchat Reports Engagement Records During the Coronavirus Pandemic: The app reached all-time highs in Snaps sent, Snap Games, time spent watching Shows
  47. Spotify is bringing its kids app to the US, Canada, and France: Just as kids are stuck at home because of the pandemic
  48. Spotify and Warner Music Group renew their global licensing deal, resolve issue in India
  49. HQ Trivia returns with surprise $1,000 show and $100,000 donation
  50. Resurrected HQ Trivia App Welcomes 100,000 Players For First Game Back
  51. HQ Trivia returns, reportedly acquired by private investor: Live mobile trivia competition to donate $100k to World Central Kitchen
  52. Will Airbnb Become Obsolete After the Coronavirus?: The world’s most-visited cities are deserted. When the virus passes, they will be durably changed.
  53. Patreon, Which Had 150,000 Pre-Pandemic Creators, Sees 30,000 Sign-Ups In March Alone
  54. B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal keeps ‘doors open’ during pandemic: CRT is able to stay fully operational because it operates remotely
  55. COVID-19 court closures forcing long-overdue use of technology, say lawyers
  56. Vancouver studio uses 3D printers to make face shields for hospital workers
  57. Some Instacart and Amazon Workers Stay Home, Calling for More Pay in Coronavirus Pandemic: Coronavirus risks prompt walkouts, pay demands at delivery and retail companies
  58. “Amazon Is a Breeding Ground”
  59. Amazon fires warehouse worker who led Staten Island warehouse walkout
  60. No Masks and Uncertain Sick Leave: New York Whole Foods Delivery Workers Say Amazon Is Failing To Protect Them
  61. Amazon auditions to be ‘the new Red Cross’ in Covid-19 crisis | Free to read This could be the group’s finest hour but there are concerns about workers being put at risk
  62. Why Amazon Is Poised to Emerge from the Covid-19 Crisis Stronger Than Ever: Amazon has reacted to the coronavirus with restrictions designed to cement its market power at the expense of merchants and consumers.
  63. Who needs a government when you’ve got Amazon to keep things running?: While Trump blusters, the online giant has taken on the role of regulator and benevolent dictator
  64. Nationalize Amazon: Instead of letting Amazon use coronavirus to dominate even more of the economy, the company should be nationalized and reoriented to serve the public good instead of predatory capitalism.
  65. We Should Nationalize Food Delivery Apps and Turn Them Into a Public Food Service
  66. The Technology 202: Mask scams and misinformation still present on social media despite tougher policies
  67. Well Hyped Satellite Broadband Provider OneWeb Files For Bankruptcy
  68. OneWeb goes bankrupt, lays off staff, will sell satellite-broadband business
  69. Daisy Keech Moves Out Of ‘Hype House’ Mansion, Files Suit Against Ex-Business Partners
  70. John Krasinski Launches ‘Some Good News’ YouTube Channel, Gaining 330K Subscribers Overnight
  71. YouTube Taps Lilly Singh, Philip DeFranco, Others For Coronavirus Interview Series With Dr. Fauci
  72. “With me” videos on YouTube are seeing huge spikes in viewership as people stay home: A growth of 600 percent since social isolating started
  73. Reese Witherspoon Pacts With YouTube For Charitable ‘Shine On’ Series Amid Quarantine
  74. We Talked To Industry Insiders About How The Coronavirus Is Impacting YouTube Ad Revenues
  75. YouTube Sets 480p Resolution Limit On Android App Across India Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
  76. YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Instagram See Significant Boosts In Traffic Amid Digital Ad Woes
  77. YouTube To Launch TikTok Competitor ‘Shorts’ Later This Year
  78. TikTok Strikes Short-Term Licensing Deals With Sony, Warner, Universal
  79. Facebook Hosts Beware: Potential Defamation Liability around the Corner
  80. FTC Paid Endorser Settlement Sets Framework for Advertiser Best Practices
  81. Rihanna’s ‘Fenty Beauty House’ Temporarily Shutters As Coronavirus Precaution
  82. Google Wants Your Data in Exchange for a Coronavirus Test: Public health shouldn’t mean surrendering privacy to Silicon Valley.
  83. Disney+ Is Reportedly Asking Users If It Should Offer Shows Aimed At Older Audiences
  84. Patreon, Which Had 150,000 Pre-Pandemic Creators, Sees 30,000 Sign-Ups In March Alone
  85. How U.S. Sports Are Publishing On Social Video Without Games Being Played
  86. BuzzFeed Cuts Staff, Executive Pay In Attempt To Prevent Coronavirus-Related Layoffs
  87. Some Silicon Valley Companies Are Booming as COVID-19 Rages: For some businesses, the novel coronavirus pandemic and efforts to contain it have been a boon, boosting their popularity if not yet their revenue.
  88. We just glimpsed how a “digital dollar” might work, thanks to coronavirus: Proposal for new government-run payment platform didn’t make it into the coronavirus relief plan. It won’t be the last we hear of the idea.
  89. Not having lockdown parties on Zoom? What are you waiting for?: Zoom birthday parties & virtual pubs demonstrate social distancing isn’t isolation – will the party stop when we can all go outside again?
  90. Coronavirus scammers are getting taken down by grassroots ‘hackers without borders’
  91. ‘The Valley has stepped up’: Ro Khanna on layoffs, bailouts, Trump and crisis innovation – Protocol talks with the California representative about how the tech industry is being affected by the crisis — and what comes next.
  92. New pandemic edtech power networks
  93. Ad Council’s COVID-19 PSAs Bring Together White House, Social Platforms, Tech Companies, Advertisers, And Influencers
  94. From female computers to male comput♂rs: Or why there are so few women writing algorithms and developing software
  95. The Law of Informational Capitalism (Amy Kapczynski)
  96. Digital Repression in Autocracies (Erica Frantz, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Joseph Wright)

A.I.

  1. AI and big data won’t work miracles in the fight against coronavirus
  2. EU Parliament Told Predictive Policing Software Relies On Dirty Data Generated By Corrupt Cops
  3. As Platforms Rely Less on Human Content Moderators, What’s at Stake?: In response to COVID, some social media sent content moderators. This could be a glimpse into their desire to rely less on human labour
  4. Neural implants plus AI turn sentence-length thoughts to text
  5. Unity Game Simulation Lets Studios Use AI Bots To Playtest Games In Google Cloud
  6. CAA Signs Human Avatar-Fashioning Tech Startup ‘Soul Machines’
  7. The false positive problem of automatic bot detection in social science research: A study of Botometer’s diagnostic ability over time
  8. Emotional AI, soft biometrics and the surveillance of emotional life: An unusual consensus on privacy (Andrew McStay)
  9. The benefits of Artificial Intelligence in the field of IP
  10. Artificial Intelligence – Our March 2020 report

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Video Streaming to TVs Soared 85% in U.S. in First Three Weeks of March, Nielsen Says
  2. Broadband speeds fall in dozens of big US cities during pandemic
  3. Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media’s Coronavirus Distortion – Hannity, Limbaugh & other commentators turned a pandemic into a battle of us vs. them – the battle President Trump has waged.
  4. Charter gives techs $25 gift cards instead of hazard pay during pandemic
  5. Comcast waiving data caps hasn’t hurt its network—why not make it permanent?
  6. Instead of COVID-19 Hazard Pay, Spectrum Is Giving Its Repair Techs $25 Gift Cards To Closed Restaurants
  7. Saudi spies tracked phones using flaws the FCC failed to fix for years
  8. Saudi Arabia reportedly tracked phones by using industry-wide carrier weakness
  9. Teardown of Huawei flagship phone finds US parts despite blacklisting
  10. AT&T, Verizon Will Waive Wireless Overage Fees During Pandemic. But You’ll Have To Ask.
  11. Verizon Is The Only US Wireless Carrier Charging Extra For 5G
  12. FCC Permits Schools and Libraries to Make Wi-Fi Available to Public
  13. FCC requires anti-robocall tech after “voluntary” plan didn’t work out [Updated]
  14. Goodbye, John Legere: CEO leaves as T-Mobile completes Sprint merger
  15. Frontier prepares for bankruptcy, regrets failure to install enough fiber
  16. China’s economy was hit hard by the pandemic. Its 5G ambitions could be crucial to its recovery
  17. Is the media an essential service?
  18. Opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice on net neutrality and zero-rating
  19. Tone Deaf: Using COVID-19 As A Prop To Celebrate The Death Of Net Neutrality

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Bill C-4 Receives Royal Assent: Incoming Changes to the Intellectual Property Landscape
  2. EU: infringement of software license agreement can result in an intellectual property infringement
  3. The Open COVID IP Pledge
  4. IP monitor: Canadian Intellectual Property Office announces further extension of deadlines in wake of pandemic
  5. COVID-19: Canadian Government Can Now Use Patented Inventions to Respond to the Public Health Emergency
  6. COVID-19 Emergency Response Act: Amendments to the Patent Act
  7. COVID-19 and intellectual property
  8. Patents Concerning Coronavirus Treatments
  9. Evalve v Edwards – Review of competing public interests in grant of final injunctions
  10. Florida Atlantic University Suddenly Decides Owl Tutoring’s Name Is Trademark Infringement After Over A Decade
  11. Lean Trademark Strategies – For The Covid-19 Pandemic And Its Aftermath
  12. A “Dark Horse” Victory for Katy Perry: Central District of California Overturns $2.8M Copyright Verdict
  13. First Circuit Treads “Unchartered Waters”: Holds Copyright Sublicenses Can Be Implied
  14. RIAA Realizes It Sued Charter Over A Bunch Of Songs It Doesn’t Hold The Copyrights For
  15. A Snapshot From Section 101: Patent Directed to Image Cataloging Not Patent Eligible
  16. A Collision of Patents, Copyrights, and Piracy on the High Seas
  17. 67 Years Ago Today: Jonas Salk Announced The Polio Vaccine… And Did NOT Patent It
  18. Supreme Court Holds that States are Immune from Copyright Infringement
  19. GEICO Earns Victory at Intersection Between Copyright and Trade Secret Law Covering Source Code
  20. Top 3 legal predictions on Copyright for 2020
  21. Copyright Termination. Chapter One: What Kind of Grants Can Be Recaptured?
  22. Copyright Termination. Chapter 2: When Can a Grant Be Terminated?
  23. Is Your Character Entitled to Copyright Protection? The Ninth Circuit Reinforces High Bar for Copyright Protection of Characters
  24. The Pirates Of Precedence, or How a Modest Copyright Case Could Affect Controversial Supreme Court Cases
  25. Ninth Circuit Shows Led Zeppelin a Whole Lotta Love in ‘Stairway’ Copyright Win
  26. Copyright Is Broken: COVID-19 Pandemic Revealing Just How Messed Up Our Permission-Based Culture Is
  27. Permission Culture Gone Mad: Worries About Proper License For ‘Balcony Singing’ Lead Collection Society To Say It’s Okay, You Can Sing
  28. I Just Took a DNA Test . . . Am I the Joint Author?
  29. U.S. Supreme Court Holds Copyright Remedy Classification Act of 1990 Does Not Abrogate State Sovereign Immunity for Copyright Infringement: Allen v. Cooper
  30. Judge Ramos Finds “Bad Faith” Enforcement of a Patent is Not Patent Misuse
  31. Global patent law update
  32. Eli Lilly and Co v Genentech Inc: issue estoppel and abuse of process in patent cases

PRIVACY

  1. Zoom iOS App Sends Data to Facebook Even if You Don’t Have a Facebook Account: Zoom’s privacy policy isn’t explicit about the data transfer to Facebook at all.
  2. Zoom is being sued for allegedly handing over data to Facebook
  3. Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-To-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing
  4. Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Privacy and Data Security Concerns over Stay-at-Home Video Conferencing
  5. Zoom’s privacy problems are growing as platform explodes in popularity
  6. Attackers can use Zoom to steal users’ Windows credentials with no warning
  7. Researchers Say Kids’ Android Apps Are Still Riddled With Malware
  8. >4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software
  9. UK’s National Health Service Plans To Use Big Data Analysis To Fight COVID-19 — With The Help Of Palantir
  10. Can ProctorU Be Trusted With Students’ Personal Data?
  11. Moscow To Launch New Surveillance App To Track Residents In Coronavirus Lockdown
  12. Voluntary Virus Tracking Apps Seek To Get A Grip On The Coronavirus Problem
  13. How Much Data Does Clearview Gather On People? The Answer (Sadly) Will Not Surprise You.
  14. Maine Event: ISP Privacy Law Challenged on Free Speech Grounds
  15. Geolocation and the Fight Against COVID-19: Could the Emergencies Act Overrule Privacy Law Protections for Cellphone Location Data?
  16. Appeals Court Tells Baltimore PD To Start Coughing Up Information About Its Cell Site Simulators
  17. Countries are using apps and data networks to keep tabs on the pandemic: And also, in the process, their citizens
  18. Will Germans trade privacy for coronavirus protection?
  19. Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you’re in virus isolation, you stay there: Could be a wearable, could be wired. Backed by big fines and jail
  20. Verily’s COVID-19 website becomes a health data privacy battleground: “These tools can be a helpful part of the solution during our ongoing public health emergency, but patient privacy shouldn’t be sacrificed as a result”
  21. Pitching trade against privacy: reconciling EU governance of personal data flows with external trade (Svetlana Yakovleva, Kristina Irion)
  22. Someone Convinced Google To Delist Our Entire Right To Be Forgotten Tag In The EU For Searches On Their Name

   

  1. Johnny Depp disclosure in libel case in English MAC Court Ruling
  2. The death of Hungary’s democracy is a worldwide press-freedom warning
  3. Judge Schofield: Claims Over White House Revocation of Press Credentials and Security Clearances May Proceed
  4. Call for Creatives: United Nations Opens Submission Process for COVID-19 Messaging Work
  5. ‘The real ideological war has just begun and Covid-19 is only the starting point’: Ai Weiwei on China’s response to the outbreak – The Chinese artist reflects on how authoritarian political systems tackle the crisis effectively
  6. The importance of art now and beyond Covid-19: The always deeply flawed and unequal conditions of labour for the artistic community have been revealed and made much worse by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  7. The importance of art in the time of coronavirus
  8. UK gallery curator calls for public art project in response to Covid-19: Ambitious national programme is needed to support artists and institutions, says Serpentine Galleries’ artistic director
  9. In a Pandemic, How Do You Make the Case for an Art Emergency?: Literary Arts Leaders are Bracing for Months of Financial Crisis
  10. ‘A Matter Of Common Decency’: What Literature Can Teach Us About Epidemics
  11. Insights: Adapting Hollywood To The Pandemic, And What Happens Hereafter
  12. Call for Depression Era-style Public Art Project
  13. This American Life host Ira Glass on storytelling during Covid-19
  14. The Architecture of Quarantine Is No Longer a Thing of the Past
  15. Ethics and Reporting Practices for COVID-19
  16. Disease control: Mapping violations of free speech under the cloak of the coronavirus crisis
  17. The ‘human canvas’ livestreams from Tasmanian museum
  18. Marvel, DC will delay digital comic books during brick-and-mortar closures
  19. Adam Schlesinger, Emmy Winner and Fountains of Wayne Cofounder, Dies of Coronavirus Complications

Jon

News of the Week; March 25, 2020

GAMES

  1. No Fun and Games: Blizzard Alleges Infringement by JoyFun Inc.
  2. High Fashion Invades Runeterra – Fascinating IP Issues in the Collaboration Between League of Legends and Louis Vuitton
  3. Nintendo presses Sony to remove Mario creations from Dreams: Sony confirms ongoing case-by-case purge of Nintendo IP from creation game
  4. Nintendo Gets ‘Dreams’ Mario Taken Down Because Of Course It Did
  5. Nintendo donates 9,500 face masks to US emergency services: Highly sought-after face masks will be distributed across the City of North Bend and surrounding area
  6. After Years Of Being Blamed For Everything, The World Turns To Video Games To Escape During Coronavirus Shut-In
  7. Game platforms respond to increased demand amid coronavirus quarantines [Updated]
  8. Record number of Steam users online during coronavirus outbreak: Steam sees record numbers of users in-game, and record concurrent users for third week running
  9. Game Discoverability: The Steam & Epic stores, circa early 2020
  10. F1 Is Cancelled, So Drivers Will Race Each Other In The Official Video Game
  11. Formula 1 officially goes virtual from this weekend: Endorsed races with real-life talent begin this Sunday
  12. Missing live sports? There’s a lot more esport racing this weekend
  13. Entire Spanish Soccer League, Including Barcelona And Real Madrid, Are Going To Play Each Other In FIFA [Update: Real Madrid Wins]
  14. Keywords Studios staff criticize pandemic response: Testers say company made QA staff show up while management worked from home, adopted lax sanitation processes
  15. UK retailer GAME keeping its Belong arenas open for now – Update: Retailer has now decided to close them until further notice
  16. UK games retail shifts online as government orders closure of all non-essential stores: CEX, GAME, Argos and more shut their High Street branches to prevent the spread of coronavirus
  17. Sony will ‘manage’ PSN download speeds in Europe to preserve internet access
  18. Sony to Slow PlayStation Downloads in Europe Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
  19. Sony throttles back game downloads in Europe: PlayStation maker says gameplay will be unaffected but players may see slower or delayed downloads to reduce strain on ISPs
  20. Sony and Microsoft are playing different card games | Opinion: Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen communications strategies tell us almost as much as the tech specs themselves
  21. GameStop rules itself ‘essential retail’ and therefore immune to lockdown closures
  22. GameStop pauses trade-in program for 9 days due to COVID-19 concerns
  23. GameStop shuts down regular operations amid coronavirus closures [Updated]
  24. GameStop bumps up Doom Eternal release to cut back on in-store crowds
  25. Retailers break Doom Eternal street date over COVID-19 fears: GameStop and other retailers are selling Bethesda’s game early to avoid overcrowding in-store
  26. Bethesda apparently broke its own Denuvo protection for Doom Eternal
  27. Finnish-Icelandic studio Mainframe nets $8.3 million to create cloud-native games
  28. Animal Crossing: New Horizons smashes sales records in the UK – It is the fastest-selling single Switch game ever
  29. Report: Animal Crossing: New Horizons sets new Switch launch sales record in Japan
  30. Animal Crossing: New Horizons breaks Switch sales records in Japan – Famitsu data reveals Nintendo’s latest has sold 1.88 million copies in just three days
  31. Why Nintendo’s new Animal Crossing features allow instant change in the real-time game
  32. Report: The Nintendo Switch has now outsold the Wii in Japan
  33. Nintendo shuts down U.S. repair centers due to COVID-19
  34. Top three unchanged in App Annie’s annual mobile publisher chart: Tencent, NetEase and Activision Blizzard lead a top ten with only two new entries
  35. Mobile versions of Call of Duty and PUBG driving game revenue at Tencent
  36. All US GameStop stores closed except for curbside pick-up: Retailer will pay US employees for lost hours for next two weeks; Canadian EB Games stores shut entirely
  37. GameStop reportedly shutting down all stores in California: Retailer had previous tried to remain open despite shelter in place order, saying it was “essential business”
  38. GameStop keeping stores open as government orders lockdowns: San Mateo county says GameStop is not an “essential business,” GameStop says it can have “positive impact”
  39. GameStop abruptly shuts down all stores in California
  40. GameStop closing U.S. storefronts to customers amid COVID-19 pandemic
  41. Google Play’s malicious app problem infects 1.7 million more devices
  42. Exclusive: Google mobile downloads suggest Stadia has sold 107,000 units in the last two months
  43. Stadia to offer dev kits, funding, and more through new Stadia Makers program
  44. Stadia launches Makers program to attract experienced indies: Google offers tech help, hardware, and funding to devs using Unity and including Stadia among launch-day platforms
  45. Unity debuts new cloud-based platform for simulating game playtests
  46. Unity offers up free game dev courses and tutorials during coronavirus pandemic
  47. Big Run Studios nets $1.4 million to create mobile titles for ‘underserved’ audiences
  48. Koei Tecmo found global success by focusing on its Japanese identity: CEO Hisashi Koinuma on being trusted with big IPs, making an asset of the firm’s Asian identity, and its goal of making a 5m-selling original IP
  49. Square Enix implements work-from-home policy due to COVID-19
  50. Call of Duty: Warzone passes 30 million players in ten days
  51. ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Review – Valve Delivers One of VR’s Best Games Yet
  52. Half-Life: Alyx review: The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some
  53. ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Breaks Concurrent User Record for VR Game on Steam
  54. Mods that cut VR from Half-Life: Alyx will only show how vital its VR is, says Valve
  55. Don’t Miss: The making of Half-Life 2
  56. ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Tops ‘Fortnite’ and ‘Warzone’ with 300K Concurrent Twitch Viewers on Launch Day
  57. Half-Life: Alyx — Critical Consensus: Critics praise the frightening, tactile and brilliantly detailed return of Half-Life — but will it be 13 years until the next one?
  58. HP, Valve, and Microsoft team up for ‘next-gen’ PC VR headset
  59. Valve: “VR has been missing a big game that everyone can get excited about”
  60. Gabe Newell: “Competition in game stores is awesome…but ugly in the short term”: Valve CEO – “We get a lot more freaked out not by competition, but by people trying to preclude competition”
  61. How Amazon Web Services is powering some of the world’s biggest video games: Leading developers discuss how they’re using the company’s tech to solve their challenges
  62. MTG says COVID-19 could sink esports revenues by 45%: DreamHack and ESL parent warns investors about first-half financials, proposes post-pandemic stock buybacks
  63. Gfinity’s CEO and chairman step down ahead of 60% cost reduction plan: Esports firm secures new income through ad deal with Bidstack and Venatus
  64. What does a chain of esports restaurant arcades do in a pandemic?
  65. Twitch hands indefinite ban to “Kaceytron” for COVID-19 comments: Kacey “Kaceytron” Caviness joked about virus fatalities, will need to appeal ban to be reinstated
  66. Bohemia Interactive grossed $68m last yearz: DayZ and Arma 3 developer makes over 4.5 million software sales in 2019
  67. Blizzard and Paradox arrange care packages for remote-working staff during coronavirus lockdowns: Meanwhile, Sega added to growing list of games firms sending employees home to work
  68. Scopely increases series D round to $400m
  69. Mobile studio Scopely nets $200 million for more acquisitions 
  70. Robin Games raises $7m to create “lifestyle gaming”: New studio formed by former Jam City exec Jill Wilson, has primarily women-led team
  71. Eight principles for making a game influencer-friendly: ICO Partners’ David Ortiz Lapaz lays out ways developers and marketers can make games work for content creators
  72. Superdata – February digital game spending up 4%: Console revenues down 22% on weaker release slate, but “many titles” are seeing spikes due to pandemic shutdowns
  73. World’s Greatest Teacher Delivers VR Math Lesson In Half-Life: Alyx
  74. This Developer Turned His Apartment Into a VR Game
  75. Ukie launches industry-specific online wiki: Ukiepedia is free resource of games industry facts, insight, resources and links
  76. Untitled Goose Game, A Short Hike take home top prizes at GDC and IGF Awards
  77. GoldenEye 007, Guitar Hero among 2020 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists
  78. Polish government running games development course for quarantined kids: Webinars, game jam and a building competition on Minecraft launched as part of digital education efforts
  79. Microsoft says it can still make Xbox Series X despite coronavirus concerns
  80. Minecraft gets free educational content to help enable distance learning
  81. Xbox curates free educational marketplace in Minecraft: Meanwhile, Outright Games partners with Digital Schoolhouse for computer science workshops
  82. Routing Around Damage: Censored Reporting Hosted In Custom-Built Minecraft ‘Library’
  83. Another port bites the dust: Xbox Series X drops S/PDIF audio
  84. DirectX 12 Ultimate brings Xbox Series X features to PC gaming
  85. TIGA calls for increased game tax credits due to COVID-19
  86. Playtika delivers food packages to vulnerable people amid pandemic: Mobile developer to distribute thousands of packages per week across Eastern Europe and Israel
  87. BBTV Pacts With Latin American YouTube Phenom Mariale On Mobile Puzzle Game
  88. CAA Signs Online Gaming Entrepreneurs Jesse Cox And Bruce Greene
  89. Blog: Building a historical game based on real-world struggles
  90. Blog: Rethinking progression in mobile puzzle games
  91. Blog: A guide to working remotely in games
  92. Blog: VR/AR – A renaissance art form
  93. Blog: How lore and storytelling can make puzzlers more replayable
  94. Blog: Why the world needs game developers right now
  95. Video: The benefits of Paradox’s long-term DLC model 
  96. Video: Storytelling lessons learned in 14 years at BioWare
  97. Video: Designing great UI that helps immerse players in your game
  98. Don’t Miss: The aggressive resource management of Doom Eternal4
  99. Don’t Miss: Where next for the video game power fantasy?
  100. Don’t Miss: Designing Grindstone’s super satisfying board-clearing gameplay
  101. Ninja and wife donate $150,000 to Feeding America amid coronavirus pandemic: Streamers encourage other influencers ask their followers to stay at home and observe social distancing
  102. Games industry rallies in fight against COVID-19: IMVU raises over $100,000 to send supplies to hospitals fighting COVID-19
  103. Razer will start manufacturing surgical masks to help fight COVID-19
  104. Plague Inc. dev Ndemic donates $250,000 to COVID-19 response funds
  105. The UK National Videogame Museum starts fundraiser after COVID-19 puts future at risk
  106. COVID-19 “threatens the very existence” of National Videogame Museum: British Games Insitute launches campaign to save nation’s only dedicated games museum
  107. Plague Inc. rolling out new mode where you fight to contain the outbreak
  108. ASCII art + permadeath: The history of roguelike games
  109. GDC 2020 talks are now available to watch for free on the GDC Vault!
  110. U.S. Patent no. 10,286,323: Dynamic difficulty adjustment
  111. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice named game of the year in 2020 SXSW Gaming Awards

DIGITAL

  1. Freedom Of (All) The Press?: Impact of “Shelter in Place” Orders on Media Companies
  2. Coronavirus could delay tech antitrust action: “I would expect all of the timetables that authorities have developed are going to be stretched out,” former FTC Chairman William Kovacic said.
  3. COVID-19: Product liability for “fake news”?
  4. ‘The US of Amazon’: how the coronavirus has created a governance vacuum the tech giant is quickly filling
  5. American Amazon warehouse worker gets COVID-19
  6. Employees at nine Amazon warehouses have contracted the coronavirus
  7. Some Amazon Prime deliveries may take a month as demand surges
  8. Amazon and eBay failing to stop Covid-19 profiteers, says Which?: Consumer group finds ‘consistent overpricing’ on hand sanitiser, thermometers and baby formula despite crackdown
  9. Smartphones Aren’t the Problem – Capitalism Is: All of the fretting about social media addiction and smartphones destroying our attention span misses the point. Capitalism and the profit-seeking of big tech is the real problem.
  10. Snapchat rolls out mental health feature early due to the coronavirus
  11. A Snapchat-owned location app just added a leaderboard comparing who stays home the most: Zenly is gamifying social distancing
  12. Instagram prototypes Snapchat-style disappearing text messages
  13. Instagram Unveils New ‘Co-Watching’ Feature To Promote Social Distancing
  14. Coronavirus, cybercrime and the parasitising of a pandemic
  15. DOJ Correctly Takes Down Fraudulent COVID-19 Website Selling Bogus ‘Vaccine Kits’
  16. How Facebook is preparing for a surge in depressed and anxious users: And why it’s Mark Zuckerberg’s biggest worry about the user base
  17. Facebook says coronavirus is pushing usage through the roof, but its business is hurting: Total messaging has increased by 50 percent and video calling has doubled in some markets
  18. Facebook’s new design turns your PC into an enormous phone
  19. Why Silicon Valley Loves Coronavirus: Coronavirus is the shock that Silicon Valley needed to complete its workplace revolution – with new technologies mediating our daily lives in ways that will be difficult to reverse.
  20. YouTube Reduces Default Streaming Quality Globally In Light Of Congestion Concerns
  21. YouTube is reducing its default video quality to standard definition for the next month: You can still watch videos in HD, but you have to manually choose that option
  22. YouTube Launches ‘Learn@Home’ Educational Hub For Kids Kept Home By COVID-19
  23. YouTube Lowers Playback Quality In EU, U.K. To Stave Off Potential Coronavirus Congestion
  24. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 3/23/2020
  25. YouTube Music, Spotify, Amazon, More Donate To Recording Academy’s COVID-19 Fund For Music Professionals
  26. Netflix, Disney Throttle Video Streams In Europe To Handle COVID-19 Internet Strain
  27. Comcast, Disney Embrace Faster Home Video Release Windows In Wake Of COVID-19
  28. Netflix, YouTube cut video quality in Europe after pressure from EU official
  29. Netflix, YouTube slow down streaming in Europe
  30. Netflix Establishes $100 Million Fund To Support Cast, Crew On Productions Halted By COVID-19
  31. Netflix Streaming Traffic Hits All-Time Highs on AT&T Networks
  32. Here’s the Netflix account compromise Bugcrowd doesn’t want you to know about [Updated]
  33. ‘Oprah Talks COVID-19’ Is Apple TV+’s Lo-Fi, Long-Distance Look At Coronavirus
  34. Apple Helps China Censor Citizens By Pulling The Plug On A Keyboard App That Encrypted Text Messages
  35. Quibi Reveals ‘&Music’ Series Featuring Ariana Grande, J Balvin, Ozzy Osbourne, More
  36. WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response
  37. Twitter Gains 12 Million Users, But Will Take Q1 Operating Loss Due To Pandemic’s Effects On Ad Revenue
  38. Insights: How Online Creators Can Thrive, And Help Others Survive, In Our Plague Year
  39. Coronavirus Social Video Stats: Yes, It’s The Main Topic People Are Talking About
  40. 20-Person Creator Collective Launches Facebook Hub To Stave Off Coronavirus Isolation
  41. As Pandemic Worsens, Influencers Could Face 15-25% Decrease In Sponsored Post Pricing (Study)
  42. Pornhub Sees 12% Global Visitor Growth Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns, Free ‘Premium’ Offers
  43. Coronavirus Cancels VidCon 2020, Organizers Hoping To Reschedule For This Fall
  44. Twitch Hooks Up With SoundCloud To Help Musicians Monetize Livestreams Amid COVID-19 Concert Cancellations
  45. Tours Are Canceled, So Musicians Are Turning To Twitch: “I’m just trying to survive, and Twitch has the highest earning potential.”
  46. SoundCloud and Twitch just made it easier for musicians to monetize live streams: SoundCloud artists can apply for Twitch Affiliate status
  47. Musicians ask Spotify to triple payments to cover lost concert revenue: Bandcamp relaxes charges in light of Covid-19 but there is growing pressure on streaming services to compensate artists more fairly
  48. Yes, Global Spotify Chart Streams Are Down This Week. No, That Doesn’t Mean Coronavirus Is Hurting The Record Industry.
  49. ‘A worldwide hackathon’: Hospitals turn to crowdsourcing and 3D printing amid equipment shortages
  50. Spotify Resurrects FaZe Banks And KeemStar’s ‘Mom’s Basement’ YouTube Series In Podcast Form
  51. Spotify opens its podcast catalog to third-party apps, but not for streaming
  52. Spotify Is Testing A Feature That Recommends Music To Match The ‘Moment And Mood’ Of A Photo
  53. Spotify is revoking support for all third-party DJ apps
  54. Spotify to let artists link to donation pages from their Spotify profile page: The changes come as part of the company’s measures to help artists hit hard by COVID-19
  55. Maryland General Assembly Votes to Adopt Digital Advertising Gross Revenue Tax & Expand Sales Tax to Digital Products
  56. OneWeb says it will have to cut workers amid economic crisis
  57. Beyond the Digital Analogy in Constitutional Law (Spencer Livingstone)

A.I.

  1. Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?: From protecting privacy to saving the free press, it may be the single best way to fix the internet.
  2. Artificial intelligence, transparency, and public decision-making: Why explanations are key when trying to produce perceived legitimacy
  3. Artificial Intelligence: Can a machine be an inventor?
  4. Speech recognition algorithms may also have racial bias
  5. Artificial Intelligence Platforms – A New Research Agenda for Digital Platform Economy (Tomasz Mucha, Timo Seppala)
  6. Echo Chambers and Competition Law: Should Algorithmic Choices be Respected? (Eran Fish, Michael Gal)

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Comcast wins Supreme Court case over interpretation of civil rights law: Black-owned TV network alleged racism in Comcast decision not to carry channels.
  2. Comcast aggressively moves to work-from-home during pandemic
  3. Charter employees beg for work-from-home rights during pandemic
  4. Charter grudgingly lets up to 40% of call-center employees work from home
  5. Charter Spectrum Under Fire For Putting The Public At Risk During Coronavirus
  6. Should Zoom Be a Public Utility?: Online platforms like Zoom and Skype have become basic, public necessities as our lives are upended by the coronavirus. Should they be nationalized?
  7. How to get Verizon and AT&T data-cap fees waived during the pandemic
  8. AT&T CEO Nabbed Record $32 Million Compensation In 2019, Despite Rampant Bumbling, Layoffs
  9. Changes Affecting Telehealth Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
  10. HHS Removes Enforcement Barriers for Telehealth during COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
  11. The FCC Exempts COVID-19-Related Health Care “Robocalls” From TCPA Liability
  12. FCC Issues Guidance on TV News Sharing Agreements During the Pandemic
  13. Libraries Want To Become Broadband Havens During The Pandemic, But Want More Help From The FCC
  14. Essential Planning for Broadcasters Facing Coronavirus Restrictions on Access to Facilities and News Events
  15. SpaceX gets FCC license for 1 million satellite-broadband user terminals
  16. Broadband Considerations for Schools and Libraries Impacted by COVID-19

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Awful, Awful People Keep Trying To Trademark COVID And Coronavirus
  2. The Utility of Recent Force Majeure Amendments to Canadian Trademark Law
  3. Federal Court of Appeal remands Remicade new use patent decision on anticipation and obviousness
  4. (Trade)mark America Great Again: Should Political Slogans Be Able to Receive Trademark Protection? (Katherine Kerrick)
  5. Newspaper Can Talk About “Derby Pies” Without Infringing Trademarks–Rupp v. Courier Journal (Eric Goldman)
  6. Supreme Court Decides North Carolina Is Immune from Filmmaker’s Copyright Suit
  7. Surprise: Judge Throws Out Jury’s Awful Copyright Infringement Decision Over Katy Perry Song
  8. Supreme Court rules states are immune from copyright law
  9. States Cannot be Sued for Copyright Infringement Says the Supreme Court
  10. SCOTUS Strikes Down Law Abrogating Sovereign Immunity to States for Copyright Infringement
  11. North Carolina Won’t Be Walking the Plank: Supreme Court Finds State is No Copyright Pirate in Blackbeard Ruling
  12. U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Sovereign Immunity Shields States From Copyright Suits
  13. Supreme Court Rules That States Cannot be Sued for Copyright Infringement, For Now…
  14. Brompton bike case unfolds as AG’s opinion indicates no copyright infringement
  15. A casual snapshot can make for a valuable copyright
  16. Responding to COVID-19 | Global intellectual property update
  17. COVID-19 and trademark-driven scams
  18. Judge Woods Finds Dating App Patent Doesn’t “Match Up” With Section 101
  19. Federal Circuit Adds “Method of Preparation” Claims to Bucket List of Claim Types that May Elude the Dreaded US 101 Invalidity Finding
  20. An Improved Step in a Diagnostic Method is Patentable Subject Matter
  21. Everyone’s Got A Pet Project: Patent Maximalist Says We Need Longer Patents To Incentivize Coronavirus Vaccines
  22. RIP to the Australian innovation patent
  23. ‘Upload filters’ and human rights: implementing Article 17 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
  24. Double Blow To The EU’s Long-Delayed Unified Patent Court, But Supporters Unlikely To Give Up
  25. Former Google engineer pleads guilty to stealing confidential document

PRIVACY

  1. Washington State Legislators Pass Bill Blocking Use Of Facial Recognition Tech Without A Warrant
  2. Governments Around The World Are Tracking Their Citizens’ Movements To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19
  3. As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets
  4. Privacy & Encryption Will Be More Important Than Ever In Wake Of Coronavirus
  5. The US Government Is Also Looking At Increasing Domestic Surveillance To Fight The Spread Of The Coronavirus
  6. VPN Review Site Creates Live Digital Rights Tracker To Compile Coronavirus-Related Surveillance Efforts
  7. Google v CNIL – an update on the right to be forgotten
  8. 9th Cir. Rejects Spokeo ‘Standing’ Objection to Nationwide Privacy Class Settlement
  9. New attack on home routers sends users to spoofed sites that push malware
  10. Israel uses mass cellphone surveillance to contend with coronavirus
  11. Trudeau leaves door open to using smartphone data to track Canadians’ compliance with pandemic rules: Cellphone companies are already sharing data with health authorities around the world
  12. Canada should ensure cellphone tracking to counter the spread of coronavirus does not become the new normal (Michael Geist)
  13. How Canada Should Ensure Cellphone Tracking to Counter the Spread of Coronavirus Does Not Become the New Normal (Michael Geist)
  14. Coronavirus is forcing a trade-off between privacy and public health: The crisis has governments and companies scrambling to decide when it’s appropriate to lift data privacy protections and AI ethics guidelines.
  15. Ring Continues To Insist Its Cameras Reduce Crime, But Crime Data Doesn’t Back Those Claims Up
  16. Privacy issues arise as governments track virus
  17. European Privacy Law and Global Markets for Data
  18. My Third Set of Comments to the CA DOJ on the CCPA Regulations (Eric Goldman)

CREATIVITY   

  1. ‘A Whole Generation of Artists Might Be Wiped Out’: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev on Museums, Care and the Covid-19 Crisis
  2. Covid-19 leaves creative industry vulnerable: As the coronavirus pandemic shuts down all but essential services around the globe, live entertainers are scrambling to find ways to earn an income from home.
  3. COVID-19 is spawning a global press-freedom crackdown
  4. Twitter Suspended Cory Doctorow For Putting Trolls On A List Called ‘Colossal Assholes’
  5. Interview With Liz Mair, Whom Rep. Devin Nunes Is Suing For $400 Million Because She Was Mildly Mean To Him
  6. Houston Police Chief Says He’ll Prosecute People For False Statements About COVID-19 Response; Won’t Debate 1st Amendment
  7. Big Telecom’s Quest To Use The First Amendment To Scuttle Privacy Laws Won’t Go Well, Experts Predict
  8. Judge To Art Licensing Agency: No, Your Stupid Unicorn Is Not More Important Than COVID-19 Right Now, Shut Up
  9. The only little movie screen in the capital of Texas

Jon

News of the Week; March 18, 2020

GAMES

  1. The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a rise in online gaming in the U.S.
  2. Gaming Usage Up 75 Percent Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Verizon Reports: Video streaming has also seen a bump, up 12 percent during peak usage hours.
  3. Crunching devs share the human cost of development at Naughty Dog
  4. Dreams dev testing the waters of letting players monetize their work
  5. F1 drivers and other pros switch to esports in the age of the coronavirus
  6. Board finds that Nintendo Joy-Cons don’t infringe on Gamevice controller patents
  7. Nintendo wins patent dispute against Gamevice: Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidates all 19 of mobile accessories maker’s claims against platform holder
  8. Nintendo tells employees to self-quarantine: Measure taken after employee in Redmond, Washington offices tests positive for novel coronavirus
  9. Nintendo staff working from home after employee tests positive for coronavirus
  10. Ittle Dew 2+ returns to Nintendo Switch: Former publisher Nicalis denies allegations it attempted to re-publish title without permission
  11. Animal Crossing: New Horizons review: A quarantined life has never been cuter
  12. Nexon to close down MapleStory 2 global servers this spring
  13. Gaming and live streaming rise globally amid COVID-19 crisis: Games industry in a strong position to weather pandemic, say analysts
  14. A short history of banned games in Germany: Beiten Burkhardt’s Andreas Lober explores Germany’s fractious relationship with video games — and the age rating issues that still lie ahead
  15. The developer of Journey bucks the trend of “predatory” monetisation
  16. What a WoW virtual outbreak taught us about how humans behave in epidemics
  17. Call of Duty: Warzone crosses 15 million players in four days
  18. Call of Duty: Warzone surpasses 6 million players in 24 hours
  19. Call of Duty: Warzone hits six million users in 24 hours – Activision’s free-to-play battle royale launch dwarfs competition
  20. Free press advocates unveil new library of censored works — in Minecraft
  21. Reporters Without Borders builds censorship-free zone in Minecraft: The press freedom group will publish articles censored in their country of origin via in-game books
  22. Samsung is discontinuing its PC-to-phone game streaming app PlayGalaxy Link
  23. Samsung scraps PlayGalaxy Link streaming service: Games streaming service canned after five-month beta trial period, ends March 27
  24. Why culturalisation matters as much as localisation: Kate Edwards discusses how to approach culturalisation, and how to navigate sensitive themes so your game can reach wider markets
  25. The four pillars of good representation: GDC 2020 – Proletariat’s Tori Schafer offers key considerations for studios including LGBT+ representation in their games
  26. Forza creative director on the hardest part of fostering inclusivity: Dan Greenwalt talks about the never-ending work of creating a workplace where developers feel safe to call out mistakes
  27. GameStop cancels in-store events indefinitely in response to COVID-19: But employees reportedly struggle with lack of cleaning supplies or emergency sick leave
  28. 505 Games, Activision, Nintendo 2019’s Best Publishers Says Metacritic, Sony Not in Top 20
  29. February US sales down 29%, says NPD: Tracking firm reports no new releases cracked the top 20 as every platform saw hardware sales drop year-over-year
  30. UK Monthly Report: GTA V reigns again as The Division 2 bounces back in February: Software market drops more than 15% and console sales continue to tumble
  31. Niantic updates Pokémon Go in effort to limit coronavirus spread
  32. Niantic just made it easier to play Pokemon Go in self-isolation
  33. Pokémon Home grosses $2.6m in first month: US leads in player spend and installs as total downloads exceed 2.3 million
  34. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne ships 5m units: Series lifetime sales exceed 62 million as Iceborne expansion maintains strong performance
  35. Doom Eternal is a masterful twitch shooter symphony with one sour note
  36. Doom Eternal: Critical Consensus: Id Software’s latest shows brilliance in its bombast, but dabbles in platforming and world building with less success
  37. Google details what you need to play Stadia games in 4K on the web: Mac users need not apply.
  38. Blog: Nvidia’s brilliance, Google’s foresight, and the necessity of adding something new
  39. UK Charts: Nioh 2 takes No.1 as Mario Kart 8 races up the charts
  40. Assassin’s Creed Unity was one of the best-selling games in the world last month: Latest EMEAA charts puts Ubisoft’s 2014 title at No.1
  41. Lego teams up with Nintendo for Super Mario brick-based game
  42. Lego Super Mario toys announced: New line incorporates interactive electronic character with traditional building block elements
  43. Pokimane, DrDisrespect sign multi-year Twitch exclusivity deals: Two top streamers opt to remain while other popular names move to YouTube, Mixer, Facebook
  44. Twitch Indefinitely Bans Lifestyle Streamer Kaceytron For Coronavirus Comments
  45. Ubisoft, EA, Bethesda, and more enact remote working policies due to COVID-19
  46. Twitch Partners With Measurement Firm Comscore To Amp Up Ad Data
  47. Coronavirus-induced school and office closures have been great for Twitch streamers
  48. Esports: how can travel businesses take advantage of this exciting new market?
  49. EA, Rockstar, others shift to remote working amid pandemic: FIFA publisher also cancels all live events until global situation improves
  50. Square Enix warns of Final Fantasy VII Remake shipping delays: Worldwide release still set for April 10, but publisher says it’s “increasingly likely” that copies may be delayed in delivery
  51. Genvid Technologies secures $33m in Series B funding round: Interactive streaming developer backed by Samsung, Huya and NTT Docomo
  52. Miniclip acquires UK mobile studio Eight Pixels Square
  53. Miniclip acquires Eight Pixels Square: UK mobile developer joins Swiss development and publishing outfit
  54. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Critical Consensus: Kind, community escapism just when we needed it
  55. Overwatch League cancels all March and April live events in response to COVID-19: Scheduled matches will still be played and broadcast online
  56. Call of Duty League cancels all scheduled live events due to COVID-19: All planned matches will go forward online-only, with live broadcasts
  57. Fullscreen’s Dustin Glass Exits To Head Gaming For Digital Video-Focused Reach Agency
  58. Twitch Dives Into Exclusive Livestreaming Deal With Dr DisRespect
  59. Back-end engine developer Pragma closes $4.2m seed round; LA-based startup provides “back-end as a service” solution set to launch later this year
  60. Making remote work work: Two developers from Endless’ global workforce focus on communication, trust, and culture in distributed development
  61. GDC 2020 virtual talks, awards streaming for free all week! Here’s the lineup
  62. Microsoft Build conference, DOTA and League of Legends esports among latest events to be cancelled
  63. Microsoft drops full Xbox Series X tech specs, reveals ‘storage expansion cards’
  64. Xbox Series X specs revealed, aims for “a minimum doubling” over Xbox One X: Microsoft’s upcoming console will also dramatically improve the performance of current and previous gen games
  65. Xbox announces, retracts Thanksgiving 2020 launch for Series X: Larry Hryb says Microsoft is “committed to launching holiday 2020”
  66. The new Xbox Wireless Controller will reduce latency and allow instant sharing
  67. Going for speed: The load-busting, lag-limiting tech of the Xbox Series X
  68. Sony details PlayStation 5 tech specs in extensive ‘deep dive’
  69. 5 highlights from PlayStation’s big PS5 system architecture deep dive
  70. Sony lays out more PS5 details: Mark Cerny talks about the promise of system’s 825GB SSD and Tempest 3D Audio Tech, offers details on backwards compatibility and expanded storage
  71. PlayStation’s switch to a SSD for the PS5 aims to ‘give the game designer freedom’
  72. Sony details PS5’s fast SSD, variable clock rates, 3D audio tech [Updated]
  73. Ex-Vainglory devs raise $2.5m for Bazooka Tango: Seed funding will help new studio create debut title set in Vainglory universe, built in Super Evil Megacorp’s engine
  74. A year without E3 is a chance to take stock | Opinion: The ESA’s show has failed to articulate what function it will serve to the modern industry — this year’s cancellation will force that discussion to happen
  75. Epic Games acquires facial animation tech studio Cubic Motion
  76. Epic acquires Cubic Motion: Unreal Engine maker picks up the company behind facial animation tech in God of War and Hellblade – Senua’s Sacrifice
  77. Manticore Games is building a “truly level playing field” for game development: CEO Frédéric Descamps hopes to disrupt game creation in the way that YouTube and Twitch did broadcasting
  78. Deca Games acquires DragonVale following Backflip Studios closure
  79. Stuck at home? Binge on some “War Stories” gaming videos!
  80. Don’t Miss: Neo Cab and the effort to make an empathetic game about gamification
  81. Don’t Miss: The story behind Remedy’s viral dog mocap star
  82. Don’t Miss: A 2012 look at CDPR’s Cyberpunk plans, and lessons learned from The Witcher
  83. Don’t Miss: Evolving the combat design of id Software’s Doom Eternal
  84. Don’t Miss: Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter: the Precursor Legacy postmortem
  85. Video: Making better games by understanding human error 
  86. Report: AR Startup Magic Leap is Looking for a Buyer
  87. Magic Leap looks for buyers
  88. Report: AR headset maker Magic Leap exploring a sale at $10 billion valuation
  89. Games industry raised over $5.5m for Australian bushfire relief; Humble Bundle, Call of Duty DLC and Bungie T-shirts lead fundraising efforts
  90. Red Magic 5G gaming smartphone has 144hz display, internal cooling fan
  91. Video Gaming/E-Gaming Law Update
  92. U.S. Patent no. 10,286,314: System and method for providing continuous gameplay in a multiplayer video game through an unbounded gameplay session
  93. BAFTA opts for online-only game awards as COVID-19 concerns grow
  94. Untitled Goose Game nabs Game of the Year at the 2020 Game Developers Choice Awards!

DIGITAL

  1. Law Commission of Ontario recommends sweeping changes to law of defamation to address challenges of internet age
  2. LCO recommends new regime for online defamation
  3. French antitrust watchdog hits Apple with its biggest fine ever: $1.2 billion
  4. SoftBank Owned Patent Troll, Using Monkey Selfie Law Firm, Sues To Block Covid-19 Testing, Using Theranos Patents
  5. The Internet is drowning in COVID-19-related malware and phishing scams
  6. Capitalism’s Addiction Problem: The biggest, best-known companies in the digital economy are getting their users hooked on their products – and undermining the pillars of America’s market economy.
  7. Why Tech Might Actually Be The Solution To Capitalism’s Addiction Problem
  8. Online Harms Part 1: The new regulatory framework requiring businesses to protect online users against harm
  9. Another Troubling Courtroom Loss for Online Marketplaces–Massachusetts Port Authority v. Turo (Eric Goldman)
  10. Online Platforms Sidestep Claims over User Content Decisions and Social App Functions
  11. As Politicians Are Still Looking To Destroy The Internet, Covid-19 Reminds Us Why Social Media Is Not Just Good, But Saving Lives
  12. Burning The Ladder: Match.com Supports Burning Section 230 To The Ground, Despite Relying On It To Exist
  13. TikTok Moderation Guidelines Show Users Were Punished For Political Content, Being “Ugly” Or “Slummy”
  14. Invisible Censorship: TikTok Told Moderators to Suppress Posts by “Ugly” People and the Poor to Attract New Users
  15. As Legal Dispute Intensifies, Early ‘Hype House’ Star Looks To Launch Rival TikTok Group
  16. Insights: Taking TikTok Hype Houses Mainstream—What Could Go Wrong?
  17. 80% of TikTok’s Ad Spend is Dedicated to Snapchat, Reports MediaRadar
  18. New York Attorney General Continues Aggressive Enforcement Over Coronavirus Claims
  19. The Tort of Conversion in the Electronic Age: A Case Study
  20. Social Media Promised To Block Covid-19 Misinformation; But They’re Also Blocking Legit Info Too
  21. People In Kashmir Can’t Access Coronavirus Information Because The Government Is Crippling The Internet
  22. Why is Meetup helping people organize meetings during a pandemic?
  23. Major tech platforms say they’re ‘jointly combating fraud and misinformation’ about COVID-19
  24. How Wikipedia Prevents the Spread of Coronavirus Misinformation: A group of hawk-eyed experts operate on a special track to monitor medical information on the site.
  25. Android surveillanceware operators jump on the coronavirus fear bandwagon
  26. Verily’s COVID-19 screening site goes live, is already over capacity
  27. Facebook was marking legitimate news articles about the coronavirus as spam due to a software bug
  28. Reputable sites swept up in FB’s latest coronavirus-minded spam cleanse [Updated]
  29. Facebook Pledges $100 Million To Small Businesses Affected By Coronavirus, Partners With WHO To Remove False COVID-19 Content
  30. Here’s how social media can combat the coronavirus ‘infodemic’: Facebook and Twitter are major sources of Covid-19 news. They’re also where misinformation thrives. How can platforms step up?
  31. Facebook is shutting down MSQRD, the AR selfie app it acquired in 2016
  32. Instagram’s IGTV Reaching Out To “Emerging” Creators For Ad-Share Tests This Spring
  33. Facebook announces $100 million program for small businesses impacted by coronavirus
  34. Facebook unleashes the legal hounds against deceptive web domain names
  35. It’s Not Just the Content, It’s the Business Model: Democracy’s Online Speech Challenge
  36. Apple Music Signs New Licensing Deals With Majors
  37. Apple Music reaches new deals with major labels sans “Apple Prime” bundle agreement
  38. Apple’s WWDC is happening this year after all—but it has a new format
  39. Apple’s WWDC to take place entirely online: Conference will be held in June with online keynote and sessions
  40. There Are No Plans To Cancel Or Postpone VidCon, Organizers Say
  41. Social Media Influencer Marketing and FTC Enforcement
  42. Spotify Patents A Voice Assistant That Can Read Your Emotions
  43. Google and Verily clarify their roles in the US coronavirus response [UPDATED 3/15]
  44. YouTuber Loses Lawsuit Over Channel Termination–Mishiyev v. Alphabet
  45. YouTube Closes Some Content Moderation Offices Due To Coronavirus, Warns Creators It’s Temporarily Relying On Automated Systems
  46. YouTube Warns Video Takedowns Could Be Higher During Coronavirus Crisis
  47. YouTube Warns That, Thanks To Covid-19, It’s Handing Over More Content Moderation To The Machines And They Might Suck
  48. Here’s Why Google Broke Out YouTube’s Ad Revs For The First Time Last Quarter
  49. YouTube Officially Removing ‘Trending’ Tab From Mobile App In Favor Of ‘Explore’
  50. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 3/16/2020
  51. Will Wall Street Get In The Way Of Jack Dorsey’s Lofty Plans To Turn Twitter Into A Protocol?
  52. Fox Sells Stake In Roku To Purchase Ad-Supported Streamer Tubi For $440 Million
  53. Snapchat Introduces DIY Augmented Reality Tool for Brands: Advertisers can customize Lens Web Builder with logos, images
  54. Snapchat joins forces with WHO to combat coronavirus misinformation
  55. Twitter Will Increase Its Use of Automation Tools as It Looks to Ensure Accuracy in COVID-19 Discussion
  56. World Health Organization Launches Daily Livestreamed Concert Series With Coldplay, John Legend, More
  57. Amazon Music launches analytics for artists with a mobile app
  58. What it’s like to own Vancouver’s last two video stores during a pandemic
  59. Amazon hiring 100,000 warehouse workers amid coronavirus boom
  60. Coronavirus Is Speeding Up the Amazonification of the Planet: As restaurants, bars, and local shops close down, platform-based monoliths are vacuuming up customers and jobs
  61. World Health Organization Launches Daily Livestreamed Concert Series With Coldplay, John Legend, More
  62. Netflix Suspends All Scripted Productions In U.S., Canada
  63. Netflix Party lets you have movie night while social distancing
  64. Coronavirus Shutdowns Could Increase Viewers’ Content Consumption By 60%, Per Nielsen Data
  65. Competition Law and Online Sales Restrictions: UK Court of Appeal Judgment in Ping
  66. Online casino fined £3 million for “systemic” AML failings
  67. Sonos Backs Off Plan To Brick Older, Still Functioning Speakers
  68. Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board
  69. Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board of directors: Corporation’s co-founder will focus more on his philanthropic activities
  70. Bitcoin loses 21 percent of its value in broad cryptocurrency rout

A.I.

  1. AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology: At its core, “artificial intelligence” is a perilous belief that fails to recognize the agency of humans.
  2. Gabe Newell on Brain-computer Interfaces: ‘We’re way closer to The Matrix than people realize’
  3. How can machine learning be applied to game development?
  4. Coronavirus: Social giants police web with AI as staff sent home
  5. “High-risk AI”: A European approach to excellence and trust
  6. The challenges of Artificial Intelligence in the field of IP
  7. Who owns AI creations? Comment on WIPO’s ‘Draft Issues Paper on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence’ (Guido Noto La Diega)
  8. Identifying the Legal and Business Risks of Disinformation and Deepfakes: What Every Business Needs to Know

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. TELUS Corporation obtains court order to hold virtual-only shareholder meeting
  2. California AG Announces Settlement Agreement with T-Mobile and Sprint
  3. US Cable Companies Lost 5 Million Paying Customers Last Year Alone
  4. AT&T waives data cap during coronavirus; Comcast keeps charging overage fees
  5. US ISPs Drop Usage Caps, Pledge To Avoid Kicking Users Offline During Coronavirus
  6. Comcast and T-Mobile upgrade everyone to unlimited data for next 60 days
  7. Comcast’s Broadband Market Domination Continues To Grow
  8. Charter engineer quits over “reckless” rules against work-from-home
  9. Amid pandemic, T-Mobile gets emergency access to Dish’s 600MHz spectrum
  10. AT&T CEO pay rose to $32 million in 2019 while he cut 20,000 jobs
  11. Patient Distancing: The Critical Role Telehealth Will Play During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  12. President Trump Signs Legislation to Enhance Efforts to Secure U.S. Telecommunication Networks
  13. President Trump Signs Huawei/ZTE Replacement Funding Legislation; FCC Pushes for Necessary $1 Billion Appropriations Bill
  14. FCC’s 2018 Abolition of Main Studio Rules Means Broadcast Studios Do Not Need to Be Open to the Public During Coronavirus Outbreak
  15. After deregulatory blitz, FCC scrambles to prevent ISP abuse during pandemic
  16. President renominates FCC commissioner O’Rielly
  17. Data From Italy, China Suggests The US Internet Isn’t Likely To Choke On COVID-19 Broadband Usage Spike

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Volunteers 3D-Print Unobtainable $11,000 Valve For $1 To Keep Covid-19 Patients Alive; Original Manufacturer Threatens To Sue
  2. Industry Committee Recommends Adding Digital Lock Exception to USMCA Copyright Provisions (Michael Geist)
  3. False Start for Paparazzi in Copyright Suit
  4. Cruz v. Cox Media Group: District court holds Cox Media Group liable for copyright infringement due to publication of bystander’s photograph of 2017 terrorist attack in conjunction with news story, finding no fair use.
  5. LinkedIn Appeals Important CFAA Ruling Regarding Scraping Public Info Just As Concerns Raised About Clearview
  6. After A Long Climb, Led Zeppelin Prevails In The Stairway To Heaven Copyright Battle
  7. Is “This Land is Your Land” in the Public Domain?
  8. The Freewheeling, Copyright-Infringing World of Custom-Printed Tees: Print-on-demand companies allow anyone to upload designs for T-shirts, mugs & other items. But many images violate I.P. rights.
  9. Cofemel decision applied for the first time by UK court
  10. The Philadelphia Phillies Are Phighting for Their Rights to the Phanatic
  11. March Madness Trademarks: Avoiding a Foul Call from the NCAA (2020 Update – Part 1)
  12. March Madness Trademarks: Avoiding a Foul Call from the NCAA (2020 Update)(Part 2 – Even if the Tournament is Off)
  13. Google’s Servers Hosted by Third Parties Do Not Establish Patent Venue
  14. Failure to Mark Can Put Damages Underwater
  15. Protecting Trade Secrets During a Pandemic
  16. Natural Language Processing
  17. Former Refrigerator Manufacturer Says Companies Using Open Source, Royalty-Free Video Technology Must Pay To License 2,000 Patents
  18. Patent Marking – Federal Circuit Clarifies Noncompliance is not Cured by Ceasing to Sell Products or by Willful Infringement
  19. 2020: A Busy Year for CRISPR Patents at the EPO
  20. Firm wielding Theranos patents asks judge to block coronavirus test [Updated]
  21. After Theranos suit, Fortress makes patents available on royalty-free basis for COVID-19 tests
  22. Softbank-Owned Patent Troll Now Promises To Grant Royalty-Free License For Covid-19 Tests; Details Lacking
  23. True or false: testing limits of comparative advertising
  24. Patent-Eligible Improvements to Computer Functionality Must Be Directed to an Improvement of the Computer or Network Platform
  25. Claims Using Naturally-Occurring Phenomenon in Method of Preparation Found Patent Eligible
  26. Choosing Advocacy over Candor Renders Patent Unenforceable
  27. Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court – Is it all over or is there a Plan B?
  28. The Growing Importance of International Arbitration for Intellectual Property Disputes
  29. Intellectual property law: a year in review
  30. As Congress Explore New Awful Copyright Plans, Maximalists Look To Rewrite The History Of SOPA/PIPA

PRIVACY

  1. Why the Coming Battle Over Canadian Privacy Reform Starts at Home (Michael Geist)
  2. Housebound Blues: Considering the Privacy and Data Security Consequences of Remote Work
  3. Clearview Was A Toy For Billionaires Before It Became A Toy For Cops
  4. Best Practices for Maintaining Employee Privacy Regarding Covid-19
  5. The government might want your phone location data to fight coronavirus. Here’s why that could be okay.: Privacy advocates want restrictions on how much phone location data the government gets from tech companies.
  6. How China built facial recognition for people wearing masks
  7. Since The FBI Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, Motherboard Has Compiled A Database Of Attempts To Access Encrypted IPhones
  8. We need privacy and data laws to tackle this global pandemic
  9. TikTok Says New ‘Transparency Center’ Will Invite Outside Experts To Observe Its Content, Data Practices
  10. What industries utilize opt-in cookie banners the most, and the least?
  11. High-stakes security setups are making remote work impossible
  12. Study ranks the privacy of major browsers. Here are the findings
  13. Local Government Employee Fined For Illegally Deleting Item Requested Under Freedom Of Information Act

CREATIVITY   

  1. Eighth Circuit Serves Another Round of First Amendment Protection for Alcohol Advertising
  2. China Expels U.S. Journalists
  3. Insane: China Expels American Journalists In Ridiculous, Unhelpful Spat About Covid-19

Jon

News of the Week; March 11, 2020

GAMES

  1. Take-Two: Another step in the High Court’s battle against cheating in video games
  2. Bold: Matthew Storman, Sans Lawyer, Counter Sues Nintendo For False Allegation Of Copyright Infringement
  3. Joy-Con drift lawsuit denied dismissal, but referred to arbitration: 18 plaintiffs have joined suit against Nintendo, claiming unfair and deceptive business practices
  4. Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift class action lawsuit paused as case moves to arbitration
  5. Australian Parliamentary committee recommends loot box regulation: Also suggests mandatory age verification for purchases toward any simulated gambling elements in games
  6. Bungie will no longer sell randomized loot boxes in Destiny 2: Bright Engrams will still be available through the game’s free season pass
  7. APA warns against linking violent video games to real-world violence
  8. APA: Video games’ link to aggression doesn’t tie games to violent behavior
  9. APA reaffirms stance on video games and violent behaviour: “Attributing violence to video gaming is not scientifically sound and draws attention away from other factors,” says APA president
  10. ESA’s Game Generation leads us down a dark path of denial | Opinion: Amid threats of regulation, the games industry still fails to recognise the importance of honesty and transparency
  11. How to approach mental health issues in the workplace: Games studios championing mental health awareness tell the GamesIndustry.biz Academy about how to support and safeguard your staff’s emotional well-being
  12. 2K Games is the latest publisher to pull games from GeForce Now
  13. 2K pens deal with the NFL to develop multiple new football games
  14. The next “NFL2K” won’t be a simulation—here’s what that might mean
  15. Mod.io raises $1 million to help game devs support user-generated content
  16. Tim Sweeney says Epic will throw support behind Nvidia GeForce Now
  17. Nvidia’s GeForce Now loses 2K games, gains Epic support: Another publisher pulls from streaming service as Tim Sweeney declares it most “developer and publisher-friendly” option
  18. Epic Games Store adds wishlists: Steam’s biggest rival adds essential marketing tool for independent developers
  19. Unity acquires AI-driven art software company and ArtEngine maker Artomatix
  20. Unity acquires Artomatix: Engine maker picks up creator of ArtEngine AI-assisted art tool promising time-saving texture techniques
  21. 2K partners with the NFL to create multiple, non-simulation football titles: Publisher looks to create football games that are “accessible and approachable” to a broader audience
  22. Playing To Win: The Post-Alice Video Game Patent Landscape
  23. A video game is being used to help fight coronavirus: “We’re calling on YOU to help design antiviral proteins against coronavirus.
  24. Pay to watch play: Florida DOR concludes that video game streaming site subscriptions are subject to Florida communications services tax
  25. Learning the lessons of the PlayStation 2 | Opinion: Twenty years after it arrived in Japan, the most successful console of all time still has lessons that are relevant to the industry today
  26. Horizon Zero Dawn confirmed for PC: But PlayStation committed to dedicated consoles
  27. First-party PlayStation exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn arrives on PC this summer
  28. The world’s only known Nintendo PlayStation has sold for $300,000 [Updated]
  29. UK Charts: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon debuts at No.1: Nintendo Switch remake beats out Call of Duty Modern Warfare
  30. Call of Duty: Warzone offers a free-to-play, cross-platform battle royale mode
  31. Pokémon Sword and Shield remain top-sellers in Japan months after release: Persona 5 Scramble – The Phantom Strikers tops Japanese charts for February with over 160,000 units sold at retail
  32. PlatinumGames raises over $2.2m for The Wonderful 101 Remastered: Kickstarter campaign closes well above $50k goal
  33. Sega invests in music startup Flutin: Sonic publisher’s efforts to expand into other areas of entertainment continue with indie artist discovery app
  34. Steam Labs’ latest addition is a dedicated News Hub for news and events
  35. Apex Legends dev says Forge stab-and-switch was meant to foil data miners 
  36. Disruptor Beam lays off devs as it transitions to a game tech provider
  37. Disruptor Beam lays off nine as it pivots away from game development: Final game project canceled, company to focus solely on Disruptor Engine platform
  38. Game Informer non-editorial staff hit by layoffs: Business unit restructuring sees long-time publisher Cathy Preston retire as six others lose jobs
  39. Coronavirus delays TG-16 Mini launch, are PS5 and Xbox Series X next?
  40. E3 2020 cancelled due to ‘overwhelming’ coronavirus concerns
  41. E3 2020 has been canceled
  42. Xbox plans digital event to replace E3 conference
  43. Microsoft confirms more Xbox Series X details: Console will feature quick resume for multiple games, 12 teraflops GPU, first-party games can be bought once and played on Xbox One or Series X
  44. Xbox boss calls for greater transparency on key issues: Phil Spencer says the industry should lead public discussion of problems like crunch and “game loops that are exploitative”
  45. E3 cancelled: Troubled event postponed due to coronavirus concerns
  46. E3 2020 Canceled After ‘Overwhelming Concerns’ About Coronavirus
  47. TurboGrafx-16 Mini indefinitely delayed due to coronavirus: Impact on manufacturing and shipping in China means Konami’s classic console will not arrive this month as planned
  48. Take-Two CEO: COVID-19 may make believers out of remote work skeptics in games
  49. Elite developer Frontier now making F1 management games: Gear change.
  50. HTC hosting conference in virtual reality to mitigate coronavirus risk: This year’s Vive Ecosystem Conference will have ‘cloned rooms’ so no limit for attendance
  51. Bungie activates remote work policy in response to COVID-19 outbreak
  52. Microsoft aims to give hourly staff their full pay despite COVID-19 cutbacks
  53. Microsoft asks employees to work from home over coronavirus fears: Nintendo also encourages remote working for staff based in Washington and California
  54. Streamline: COVID-19 will delay games and not just consoles – Reliance on Chinese outsourcing for game development is likely to cause delayed launches, says Streamline Media Group CEO Alexander Fernandez
  55. COVID-19: Bungie activates remote work policy – “This includes delivering on our current content plans, the maintenance and upkeep of Destiny 2, as well as continuing development of the game,” says developer
  56. GDC offers talks for free following event cancellation: Previously-accepted talks will be streamed via Twitch next week, and archived for free in the coming weeks
  57. Game Developers Conference 2020 announces virtual awards and talk schedule 
  58. Salvaging the opportunites lost by GDC’s cancellation: We speak to the people offering financial relief to indies, or alternatives for those forced to still travel to San Francisco
  59. Game Informer lays off 6 staff in restructure as publisher Cathy Preston retires
  60. Activision Blizzard cancels March and April Overwatch League events over COVID-19
  61. Mojang and EA cancel live events in response to COVID-19: Minecraft Festival cancellation joined by Apex Legends and FIFA 20 esport events
  62. Game Connection America 2020 postponed due to COVID-19 concerns: Last-minute decision made following updated health recommendations from San Francisco leadership
  63. Psyonix cancels Rocket League World Championship over coronavirus concerns: Remainder of Season 9 League will play as scheduled, but all broadcast coverage will be completely online
  64. Esports Players League raises $1m in seed round: 500 Startups led investment in the amateur-focused esports firm
  65. WME Hires 2 Former FaZe Clan Execs As Gaming Agents
  66. FaZe Clan Teases New Los Angeles Mansion With Rumored $10 Million Pricetag
  67. PUBG CEO reportedly will also lead parent group Krafton Game Union
  68. Pokimane Becomes Twitch’s Latest Talent Lock-In With Multiyear Exclusive Livestreaming Deal
  69. Twitch streamers make thousands by literally just sleeping
  70. GameOn Technology scores $10.5 million in financing for sports and gaming chat platform
  71. Report: Twitch viewership drops, while YouTube and Facebook Gaming rise
  72. TinyBuild says traditional indie publishing unsustainable, opens new studio with HakJak
  73. GameStop’s concept stores: A “laboratory,” not a Hail Mary: In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the gaming retailer is taking its time trialing new, interactive store experiences focused on the local community
  74. Reggie Fils-Aimé to join GameStop board of directors
  75. Discord loosens streaming limits to help teams work remote during COVID-19
  76. Frontier Developments signs exclusive license for multiple F1 management games: A total of four games are planned, with the first anticipated in F1’s 2022 racing season
  77. Building Ori and the Will of the Wisps with 80 people working from home: Moon Studios’ Thomas Mahler reveals the challenges and solutions to managing a distributed development team
  78. HBO, PlayStation announce Last of Us TV series—the “first of many shows”
  79. Writing, directing, and designing FMV censorship simulator Not for Broadcast
  80. The Last of Us is being adapted into an HBO series: Creative director Neil Druckmann onboard as executive producer with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin
  81. Annapurna signs multi-year deal with Simogo: Sayonara Wild Hearts publisher and developer re-team to make more games across all platforms
  82. The Strong Museum and Kongregate partner to preserve Flash games
  83. Team17’s full-year profits rise to £30m: Indie publisher enjoyed record growth in 2019, expanded headcount to 200
  84. Playrix acquires Armenian casual mobile game developer Plexonic
  85. Call of Duty: Mobile devs scrap Zombies mode due to quality concerns
  86. Activision unveils standalone Call of Duty battle royale: Warzone launches tomorrow, will be free-to-play with microtransactions including $10 battle pass
  87. That time Activision dishonorably discharged Call of Duty’s star dev duo – 10 Years Ago This Month: Jason West and Vince Zampella were marched out of Infinity Ward right into the eager arms of EA
  88. Call of Duty’s free-to-play, cross-platform battle royale launches March 10
  89. Fortnite removes abusable “legacy” aim assist for controller players: Tracking hidden players with “left trigger spam” will soon be a thing of the past.
  90. Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is getting a live action adaptation courtesy of HBO
  91. An upcoming UI tweak will make The Outer Worlds infinitely more accessible
  92. Bethesda wants to bring humanity to Fallout 76 through NPCs: Wastelanders designer Ferret Baudoin on why a game populated with real people needs fake ones for a more human experience
  93. How an unlikely Tencent project is helping China’s indie scene
  94. “Where should you put your time in marketing? Fun fact: emails”: Crows Crows Crows founder on how an email newsletter became a more effective marketing tool than Twitter, Facebook and Instagram combined
  95. Conducting the interactive opera of Evergreen Blues: David Su and Dominique Star on the musical design of their free, co-op song suite
  96. Creative Chronicles: A balancing post-mortem of Total War Three Kingdoms – GamesIndustry.biz Academy &  Creative Assembly to publish its Creative Chronicles video series, today focusing on strategy game balancing
  97. Creative Chronicles: tutorials and insights into game development – Total War developer Creative Assembly share its tips on all aspects of building games, in its game development tutorial series Creative Chronicles
  98. Op-ed: The upsides, downsides, and future of AAA game development
  99. Blog: Making particles twice as fast through cache optimization
  100. Blog: How I built a game studio from the ground up
  101. Don’t Miss: The shape of God of War III
  102. Don’t Miss: A Game Design Deep Dive into Amnesia’s ‘Sanity Meter’
  103. Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Litigation Update: Virtual Immersion Technologies Litigations
  104. How ‘classical game mechanics’ and physics converge in VR hit Boneworks
  105. U.S. Patent no. 10,286,299: Transitioning gameplay on a head-mounted display
  106. U.S. Patent no. 10,286,307: Game controller with removable faceted finger pad

DIGITAL

  1. Facebook Hit with Anti-Trust Lawsuit
  2. Facebook pulls Trump campaign ads for fake census claims
  3. Twitter, Facebook Target Trump Campaign’s Latest Biden Video, Labeling It “Manipulated,” “Partly False”
  4. Facebook slaps “partly false” label on Trump-endorsed video of Biden
  5. How new rules at Facebook and Twitter led to a warning beneath a Trump retweet: The spread of the video shows how even clear warnings can be little match for the power of the social media infrastructure.
  6. President Trump Prohibits Chinese Acquisition of U.S. Software Company
  7. Why Is Fox News Acting As State Media, Announcing Trump’s Lawsuits Before They’re Filed And Failing To Point Out How Frivolous They Are?
  8. Donald Trump And Charles Harder Continue Their Assault On The 1st Amendment, Suing The Washington Post
  9. Trump Campaign Suing All His Media ‘Enemies’: Files Another Silly SLAPP Suit Over CNN Opinion Piece
  10. Study: Facebook’s fake news labels have a fatal flaw
  11. Facebook Still Can’t Admit That Launching Libra During An International Privacy Scandal Is Idiotic
  12. Facebook Brings Suit against Mobile Marketing Firm for Siphoning User Data without Authorization
  13. Surge of Virus Misinformation Stumps Facebook and Twitter: Secret labs. Magic cures. Government plots. Despite efforts by social media companies to stop it, false information about the coronavirus is proliferating.
  14. Facebook Bans Ads for Face Masks
  15. Facebook’s experimental Stories feature lets users cross-post to Instagram: An older tool released in 2017 can only cross-post Stories from Instagram to Facebook.
  16. Containing the Infectiousness of Fake News: Developments in Singapore’s Online Falsehoods Laws Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak
  17. Before it sued Google for copying from Java, Oracle got rich copying IBM’s SQL
  18. How China is using QR code apps to contain Covid-19
  19. ‘This may be the last piece I write’: prominent Xi critic has internet cut after house arrest
  20. Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible; Naughty Kids In Wuhan Edition
  21. Online Harms White Paper – UK government publishes its initial consultation response
  22. COPPA Author Senator Ed Markey Introduces KIDS Act Targeting Sponsored Content, Unboxing Videos
  23. Quibi Accused Of Stealing Technology, Trade Secrets From Interactive Video Company Eko
  24. Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Ban Certain App Features and Types of Advertising Aimed at Children Online
  25. New Bill Seeks to Impose Design Restrictions on Kids’ Online Content and Marketing
  26. Bad Ideas: Newark Stupidly Threatens ‘Criminal Prosecution’ Against Anyone Who Reports ‘False’ Info About Covid-19
  27. Reddit ran wild with Boston bombing conspiracy theories in 2013 and is now an epicenter for coronavirus misinformation. The site is doing almost nothing to change that.
  28. Twitter expands hateful conduct rules to ban dehumanizing speech around age, disability and now, disease
  29. Full Count: Retweet Copyright Dispute Against Cubs Moves Forward
  30. Twitter Reaches Deal With Activist Fund That Wanted Jack Dorsey Out
  31. Jack Dorsey To Stay CEO After Twitter Reaches Deal With Investors Elliott, Silver Lake
  32. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Backpedals On Africa Plans Amid Reports He’s Being Pushed Out
  33. NBCUniversal Has Sold Its $500 Million Stake In Snap, But Will Continue On As Content Partner
  34. So Wait, People Seriously Think Bill Barr Will Rein In Tech Monopoly Power?
  35. Sorry, Tulsi Gabbard, Google can’t violate the First Amendment
  36. Court Explains 1st Amendment To Tulsi Gabbard In Dismissing Her Ridiculous Lawsuit Against Google
  37. First Voters Reject Tulsi Gabbard, Then a Judge Does–Gabbard v. Google (Eric Goldman)
  38. Google tells employees to work from home to prevent coronavirus spread
  39. How Wikipedia’s volunteers became the web’s best weapon against misinformation
  40. Insights: The Death Of Cookies Opens New Opportunities For Influencer Marketing
  41. Celebrity Influencers Receive Warning Letters From Federal Trade Commission
  42. FTC Settlement Provides Detailed Guidance on Influencer Campaigns
  43. FTC Action Says Influencers Made False Claims and Failed to Include Proper Disclosures
  44. Will New FTC Endorsement Guidelines Make A #Hashtag of Influencer Advertising?
  45. Marketers Beware: Deceptive Health Claims and Social Media Influencer Practices Remain High Priorities for FTC Enforcement
  46. Despite Some Naysayers, Influencer Marketing Set For Big Growth In 2020
  47. FTC Puts Influencers and Sponsors on Notice with $15.2 Million Judgment
  48. FTC targets Teami’s Unsupported Health Claims and Use of Social Media Influencers
  49. Cannabis Company is Sued for Showing Mural in Advertising Campaign
  50. A Legal Fissure Appears To Be Taking Shape Among Early Members Of ‘The Hype House’
  51. OG Pet Influencer And Senior Adoption Activist ‘Marnie The Dog’ Has Passed Away
  52. Quibi Reveals Launch Slate Of 51 Shows And Movies, Offers 90-Day Free Trial
  53. Quibi Sued by Eko for Patent Infringement, Theft of Trade Secrets
  54. ByteDance Launches Standalone Music Streamer In India Armed With Sony, Warner, T-Series Licensing Deals
  55. Rihanna Launches TikTok Collab House For Her Fenty Beauty Brand
  56. Markiplier Blasts Unauthorized Biography Being Sold Without His Consent
  57. Canadian court awards significant ‎defamation damages — are online ‎platforms immune?‎
  58. Proposed bill would end “likes” for young teens’ online content
  59. YouTube Will Allow “A Limited Number Of Channels” To Monetize Coronavirus Content, CEO Susan Wojcicki Says
  60. YouTube children’s content faces a new threat from the KIDS Act: The KIDS Act could dramatically affect kids’ channels
  61. YouTube Cancels ‘Impulse’, One Of Its Last-Remaining Scripted Series, After 2 Seasons
  62. YouTube To Stream This Year’s Brandcast Due To Coronavirus, As NewFronts Recommends Other Presenters Do The Same
  63. Senators Hawley & Feinstein Join Graham & Blumenthal In Announcing Bill To Undermine Both Encryption And Section 230
  64. Why Does The NY Times Seem Literally Incapable Of Reporting Accurately On Section 230?
  65. Privacy Issues in the Ongoing Controversy Over Section 230
  66. DOJ’s Latest Ideas For Section 230 Reform Dumber Than Even I Expected
  67. 46 Academics Encourage Congress To Consider Section 230’s Benefits (Eric Goldman)
  68. The EARN IT Act Partially Repeals Section 230, But It Won’t Help Children (Eric Goldman)
  69. Recap of the USDOJ’s Section 230 Roundtable (Eric Goldman)
  70. Are Cuts Coming to the “Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet?”
  71. Amazon, counterfeits and memes: Online IP developments
  72. Amazon offers no-checkout technology to other retailers
  73. YouTube will slowly start monetizing coronavirus videos following creator anger: Weeks after YouTube declared automatic demonetization
  74. YouTube Is Demonetizing Coronavirus Videos Under Its Long-Standing “Sensitive Events” Policy
  75. YouTube To Stream This Year’s Brandcast Due To Coronavirus, As NewFronts Recommends Other Presenters Do The Same
  76. YouTube’s New Subscriber Notification Metrics Show Creators Exactly How Many Are (And Aren’t) Sent Per Upload
  77. YouTube TV Drops 3 Fox Regional Sports Networks Amid Contract Kerfuffle With Sinclair
  78. YouTube To Introduce Themed Content Shelves Within Nascent ‘/Fashion’ Hub
  79. Bernie Sanders’ Social Video Lead Shrinks As Joe Biden Overtakes Delegate Count
  80. Spotify is working on voice activation for its apps: You’ll be able to summon the app with ‘Hey Spotify’.
  81. Spotify rolls out a more personalized home screen to users worldwide
  82. Spotify Unveils New Radar Global Emerging Artist Program
  83. Spotify, Amazon to Argue Against Songwriter Rate Hike in Court of Appeals
  84. Instagram Reportedly Toying With ‘Video Response’ Feature For IGTV
  85. Netflix Continues To Release CYOA Content, Doesn’t Refer To It As ‘CYOA’…For Now
  86. The Obamas’ Next Netflix Feature To Tackle Refugee Crisis With Russo Brothers
  87. Sonos decides bricking old stuff isn’t a winning move after all: Software support for the products is ending, but you can still pass them along.
  88. You Don’t Own What You Buy Episode 9,000: Philips’ Light Bulbs Lose Functionality
  89. eBay bans sale of masks and hand sanitizer over gouging concerns
  90. Microsoft asks employees to work from home over coronavirus fears
  91. City of Austin cancels SXSW 2020, citing COVID-19 concerns
  92. Apple, Netflix, WarnerMedia, and LinkedIn pull out of SXSW appearances
  93. Apple warns staff of product shortages, but IT workers have already seen them
  94. Apple’s new App Store policies fight spam and abuse but also allow ads in notifications
  95. Hulu’s live TV doesn’t work on T-Mobile home Internet
  96. .eu domain names, the transition period and update on GDPR restricted ICANN registrant data
  97. The grandfather of distributed computing projects, SETI@home, shuts down
  98. Interaction Between Privacy and Competition Law in a Digital Economy Part-2
  99. The economic cost of major tech events canceled due to coronavirus has passed $1 billion: Some of the industry’s biggest events have been postponed, moved online, or canceled altogether.
  100. Kiva Partners With Mari Malek, Shahrzad Rafati And Others To Redefine What A “Powerful Woman” Is And Drive Loans To Over 12,000 Women During International Women’s Day
  101. 16 women in tech who are driving BC forward
  102. Deported By Silicon Valley
  103. Ancient animistic beliefs live on in our intimacy with tech
  104. Voluntary Parting Exclusion Bars Coverage for Social Engineering Scheme
  105. Administering Estates With Digital Assets
  106. Environmental activism goes digital in lockdown – but could it change the movement for good?
  107. Chinese beauty bloggers: amateurs, entrepreneurs, and platform labour (Zexu Guan)
  108. How Dictators Control the Internet: A Review Essay (Eda Keremoglu, Nils Weidmann)
  109. Disruption, embedded. A Polanyian framing of the platform economy (Gernot Grabher)

A.I.

  1. ACLU Sues ICE Over Its Deliberately-Broken Immigrant ‘Risk Assessment’ Software
  2. AI Company Has Access To Pretty Much Every Piece Of Surveillance Tech The State Of Utah Owns
  3. Much ado about Clearview: Facial recognition is here to stay
  4. Engineer at the center of Waymo/Uber legal battle declares bankruptcy
  5. Blog: Designing the enemy AI of The Division 2
  6. Does my AI own the IP that it creates? If not, who?
  7. The Social Life of Robots: The Politics of Algorithms, Governance, and Sovereignty
  8. Political warfare in the digital age: cyber subversion, information operations and ‘deep fakes’ (Thomas Paterson, Lauren Hanley)
  9. The Robots Are Coming: Ethics, Politics, and Society in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Kenneth Taylor)
  10. The Social Lives of Generative Adversarial Networks (Michael Castelle)

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. The Cancon Conundrum: Why Policies to Promote “Canadian Stories” Need an Overhaul (Michael Geist)
  2. Bains’ Other Wireless Affordability Problem: The Broadcast Panel Plan for WhatsApp, Skype and Other Internet Services to Pay Canadian Broadband Taxes (Michael Geist)
  3. A CRTC Without the West: Why an MP Is Calling a Broadcast Panel Recommendation “Discriminatory” and Warning it Could Further Alienate Western Canada (Michael Geist)
  4. FCC Proposes Over $200 Million in Fines to Big Four Wireless Carriers for Allegedly Selling Customer Data Without Safeguards
  5. FCC Proposes Over $200 Million in Fines to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint for Not Protecting Customers’ Location Data
  6. Cable Sector Likely To Freak Out At New Service That Streamlines Streaming TV Password Sharing
  7. Congress Forces FCC To Go Beyond Its Tame, ‘Voluntary’ Anti-Robocalling Plan
  8. AT&T Can’t Get Out Of Its Own Way As It Tries To ‘Disrupt’ Traditional TV
  9. Comcast, Charter expand broadband domination as cable hits 67% market share: Cable soars again as telcos fail to deploy enough fiber to offset DSL losses.
  10. Comcast accidentally published 200,000 “unlisted” phone numbers
  11. FCC to require anti-robocall tech after “voluntary” plan didn’t work out
  12. FCC Opens Proceeding to Reinvigorate Opportunities for TV White Space Devices
  13. ICO Issues Record Fine for Nuisance Calls
  14. Huawei expects a 20% drop in phone sales, thanks to lack of Google apps
  15. Wireless Carriers Are Training Consumers To Equate “5G” With Bluster And Empty Promises

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. How Explaining Copyright Broke the YouTube Copyright System
  2. NYU Law School’s Video Teaching Copyright Completely Flummoxed YouTube’s Copyright Filters
  3. Protective Orders Alive and Well in Canadian IP Litigation: The Federal Court of Appeal has recently put to rest concerns about the availability of “protective orders” in IP litigation.
  4. Managing Canadian Trademark Applications Under CIPO’s New Restrictions on Extensions of Time
  5. Led Zeppelin wins latest battle in Stairway to Heaven legal fight
  6. 9th Circuit Gets It Right: Says Led Zeppelin Didn’t Infringe; Dumps Dumb ‘Inverse Ratio’ Rule
  7. Ninth Circuit Affirms Non-Infringement Judgment for Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven
  8. Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin: 9th Cir. reinstates jury verdict that Stairway to Heaven did not infringe copyright to song Taurus, ruling that sound recordings of Taurus were properly excluded at trial.
  9. Ninth Circuit Watch: En Banc Court Overturns Rule That a High Degree of Access to Copyrighted Material Reduces Plaintiff’s Burden to Show Substantial Similarity
  10. Fantasies About a Formula for Fair Use
  11. Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Litigation Update: Virtual Immersion Technologies Litigations
  12. Hugo Boss – aka comedian Joe Lycett – takes on Hugo Boss
  13. In New 5Pointz Decision, Second Circuit Concludes That VARA Trumps The Constitution
  14. Street artists spray paint legal victory across walls
  15. No success for Questor in its quest for an injunction
  16. NFL Gets Shopify To Take Down Clear NY Jets Parody Merch Site With Trademark Complaint
  17. A Bite in the Apple: Apple Inc. v. California Institute of Technology, Appeal Nos. 2019-1580, -1581 (Fed. Cir., March 5, 2020)
  18. Gender inequality — How many patent offices does it take to fix a leaky pipeline?
  19. It might be good enough to eat, but is your product good enough to protect?
  20. Software Can Make Non-Abstract Improvements to Computer Technology Just as Hardware Can (But Didn’t Here)
  21. Haptic feedback assisted text manipulation: technical
  22. UK opts out of Unified Patent Court regime
  23. UK will not be part of the Unified Patent Court or Unitary Patent system
  24. Will I be able to enforce my European intellectual property rights in the UK?
  25. Key Estate Planning Considerations for Individuals with Intellectual Property (Part III: Patents)
  26. Key IP trends to watch for in 2020
  27. Intellectual Property Protection Strategies for Successful Business in the US and Canada
  28. Intellectual Property Issues for Foreign Enterprises Acquiring Chinese Companies
  29. Mastering the patent application process
  30. Publicity Rights and Its Scope in Intellectual Property Laws

PRIVACY

  1. Vermont sues Clearview, alleging “oppressive, unscrupulous” practices
  2. Clearview Sued By Vermont Attorney General For Violating The State’s Privacy Laws
  3. Justice Department Issues Guidance on Online Intelligence Gathering for Cybersecurity
  4. Proposed US law is “Trojan horse” to stop online encryption, critics say