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FTC sues Amazon over in-app purchase practices

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has sued online retailer Amazon for refusing to change its framework for purchases made within its hosted mobile apps, according to a Reuters report. The lawsuit is an expected result of Amazon's denial of FTC-issued requests to change its in-app purchase...

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Amazon fighting FTC's demands over in-app purchases

Amazon has denied a Federal Trade Commission request to restrict add-on purchases made within its mobile applications, the Wall Street Journal reports. As part of the FTC's terms, Amazon would need to clearly warn users of real-money transactions within its applications, require password entry...

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Apple settles with FTC, agrees to pay out $32.5 million to customers in IAP suit

Apple has agreed to issue more than $32.5 million in refunds to iTunes App Store customers who incurred unwanted in-app purchase fees within kids' mobile apps, settling a complaint registered by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC's complaint found that Apple "does not inform account holders...

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Korean government raids Blizzard over Diablo 3 complaints

The Korean Federal Trade Commission raided Blizzard's Seoul office on Monday as part of an investigation into consumer claims that Blizzard has refused to refund Diablo 3 to eligible Korean players. The FTC says it suspects Blizzard of violating Korean law on electronic commerce and commercial...

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Report: Game industry best at preventing sale of mature content to minors

The Federal Trade Commission recently conducted an annual undercover shopping survey and found that, of the various consumer entertainment industries, the video game industry was actually best at self-policing and keeping material intended for mature audiences away from children. Following a...

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FTC commends ESRB and gaming industry for self-regulation practices

The Federal Trade Commission recently published a report which should simultaneously flatter the video game industry and stymie adversaries of the medium's terribly corruptive properties. In the report, the FTC says the gaming industry "outpaces" all other channels of entertainment in regards to...

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ECA creates Gamers for Digital Rights movement

When it comes to dealing with the politics of software piracy, most lobbying groups side with the creators of the content that's being buccaneered. While groups like the Entertainment Software Association are serving a just and noble cause, the Entertainment Consumers Association is worried that...

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FTC investigating explicit content in virtual worlds

Online gaming news site Virtual Worlds recently had the opportunity to sit down with a couple of FTC attorneys who are currently investigating adult content in virtual worlds. The FTC is apparently working on a report for Congress (which is due in December), spawned by an inflammatory report on...

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GameStop's employee checkout policy may be illegal [update]

[Update: We've received notes from a few GameStop employees telling us that their stores only allow the checking-out of used products. The company policy as reproduced in the Kotaku article does not specify that only used games can be checked out, so this seems to be a store-by-store decision.]...

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LGJ: FTC could target EULAs

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq ("LGJ"), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: A few weeks back, I mentioned that the FTC was looking into regulating DRM. Well, in part on some discussions at the Game::Business::Law Conference, I have a sneaking...

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