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Microsoft settles Paltalk copyright infringement suit

While we were gearing up for an epic, The Firm-esque judicial showdown, it seems Microsoft has settled the lawsuit filed against it by PalTalk Holdings, who claimed certain components of Xbox Live infringe upon two of their patents. Neither company announced how much Microsoft forked over in the s...

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PalTalk suing Microsoft for $90 million for copyright infringement

Two-and-a-half years ago, online communications company PalTalk announced it would be suing Microsoft for infringing on two of its online gaming patents. PalTalk claimed that Halo's online component and the Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles themselves clearly infringe on technology relating to "controlli...

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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 wou...

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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 exp...

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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 Presiden...

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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 P...

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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 f...

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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 aspec...

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