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LGJ: User Content Creation Crisis

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq ("LGJ"), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: It appears there has been a bit of a controversy over the recent changes to the PSN Terms of Service with regard to user-generated content, which seems to be at least ...

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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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Law of the Game on Joystiq: Trademark infringement? Not like-wii

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: GamePolitics recently posted a piece on Forbis, the makers of the weemote, and an issue that is all too familiar in Trademark law: trademark infringement. To summarize the Gam...

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New North American development studio hiring help for Mythos, Hellgate: London

Following the closure of Flagship Studios, the fate of their two intellectual properties, Mythos and Hellgate: London, seemed cloudy at best. Immediately after Flagship let go of nearly all of their staff, HanbitSoft (a large investor in Flagship) claimed to have possession of the two titles. Shor...

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Flagship Studios' entire staff fired, all intellectual property lost

A bit of clarification recently surfaced regarding the closure of Hellgate: London and Mythos developer Flagship Studios -- though we'd heard from an unnamed source that Flagship would be shutting its doors and letting go of "nearly everyone" on the payroll, Flagship community manager Taylor Balbi ...

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Law of the Game on Joystiq: Time for Trademarks

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail request to cover the basics of trademark as it applies to the gaming world. Given that E3 is next week, we're all likely to see many new ...

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Law of the Game on Joystiq: Royalties 101

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: With all the recent bru-ha-ha about Microsoft restructuring the XBLA royalty scheme, it seemed like an opportune time to discuss royalties as a whole. Royalties are a legal co...

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Law of the Game on Joystiq: The 'Zombie Suit'

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: We're here today to discuss the greatest threat to the world as we know it: Zombies. Or, rather, how that particular threat has become the topic of a lawsuit over who controls...

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