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Midway wins Psi-Ops copyright infringement lawsuit

Earlier last year, screenwriter William L. Crawford III sued Midway, claiming they had stolen the plot, characters and designs featured in his 2001 screenplay, titled Psi-Ops, for their 2004 action game ... titled Psi-Ops. We kinda see the similarities therein, and were fairly certain Crawford...

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LittleBigPlanet levels being deleted with no warning or explanation

If you've put countless hours into crafting a level in Media Molecule's uber-customizable platformer, you know how terrifying that headline really is -- LittleBigPlanet forums across the web are erupting with angry amateur level designers whose creations were 'moderated' (see: deleted) without...

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LGJ: The PRO-IP Act and Gaming

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq ("LGJ"), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: Congress has recently passed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (the "PRO-IP Act"). While it has not been signed by the...

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Song used in GameCube commercial spurs lawsuit

Another day, another lawsuit. This time, the big N is the one under the legal knife -- or was, since the plaintiff dropped the case a week after filing it for currently unknown reasons. Filed on June 12th and dropped on June 18th, Morgan Creek Productions felt that Nintendo's use of a song in a...

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Law of the Game on Joystiq: May the Enforce Be With You

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: Today we're going to discuss enforcement of intellectual property, which is a much deeper topic than simply "what is it going to cost me?" There are enforcement considerations...

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Law of the Game on Joystiq: Much Ado About Game Night

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: Ah, the library (the place with books, not the bar). The once quiet and relaxing readers' domain has moved into the digital age, now containing computers and video games. In...

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Law of the Game on Joystiq: Used to be Fair

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: Based on the comments to the last few copyright-oriented columns, it seems like everyone wants to talk about fair use. In fact, fair use is one of the most misunderstood...

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