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New Media Rights: You gotta fight for your right to be an indie developer

Imagine you're a game developer, working on an independent project for two years. You spend $10,000 of your own savings on assets, artists and sound designers, and finally you release the game for $0.99, expecting to break even, maybe, in a few years. Three months after launch, you get a letter fro...

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Activision wins ruling, regains control of ModernWarfare3.com

The issue of the web domain ModernWarfare3.com, originally spotted thanks to a (presumably unofficial) Battlefield 3 promotion and later outed by DNS service GoDaddy, has been settled. You guessed it: Activision and its lawyers have prevailed. The National Arbitration Forum has decided unanimousl...

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Minecraft studio threatened with suit by Bethesda over 'Scrolls' title

Not exactly unexpectedly, about four hours ago Markus "Notch" Persson -- creator of Minecraft and head of Mojang Specifications -- received a letter from a Swedish law firm representing Bethesda Softworks. It claimed that his company's trademark of the word "Scrolls" for use with a currently-in-d...

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Sony not amused by Uncharted replica gun

Sony Computer Entertainment has declared its intention to take "the most appropriate action" against an online retailer making its Beretta and butter from a replica air gun. The weapon, based on one wielded by the goofy, treasure-hunting protagonist of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, is currently list...

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Mark Rein apologizes for Epic's lawyers attacking artist

While Mark Rein was away, the lawyers did play. During last week's GDC a cease and desist order was sent to Emilio Lopez over a very well done one-time piece of Gears of War art. Lopez had created the Munny doll for his cousin. The lawyers requested all Gears of War trademarks be removed -- even tho...

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Phoenix Wrong 4

We don't know how we missed this one, folks. After we presented the original trilogy of Phoenix Wrong flash skits back in September, we promised ourselves we'd check every nineteen minutes for the impending fourth installment. Well, despite our best intentions, PW4 simply slipped by our drooping eye...

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ESA apologizes to Kotaku and BBPS

The Electronic Software Association (ESA), the video game industry lobbying group that runs the ESRB and E3, has apologized for a cease-and-desist order against blogs Bits, Bytes, Pixels & Sprites and Kotaku for merely posting the image from a T-shirt being sold on another site (image at right)....

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