ECA Hits The Streets Of DC

April 8, 2012 -

In the last week of March, the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) took to Capital Hill to meet with members of Congress about SOPA, PIPA and other issues that effect gamers and game developers.

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CCP Games Shuts Down Fan-Made 'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' Project

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A fan-made project to recreate the Troika Games-developed Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (originally published by Activision) using Unity has been shut down by CCP Games.

CCP Games owns the popular vampire-themed RPG world now, and according to the group behind Project Vaulderie, it has sent them a Cease and Desists letter. The non-commercial remake has been put on hold, but the developers are continue to explore ways to make the project a reality at some point.

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Glu Mobile Sues Hothead Games for Copyright and Trade Dress Infringement

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this GamesBeat report, Glu Mobile has filed a lawsuit against mobile game studio Hothead Games for allegedly copying its popular Deer Hunter 2014 mobile game with its game Kill Shot. In Kill Shot, you don't hunt animals; you play as a sniper that hunts enemy targets. But Glu alleges in a federal lawsuit filed in the San Francisco court that Hothead’s game violates copyright and trade infringement laws.

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Poll: Will 'Abandoned' Video Games Be Granted a DMCA Exemption?

November 5, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Every three years the U.S. Copyright Office considers proposed exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a rule that limits the circumvention of DRM, software designed to restrict access to copyrighted works.

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It's DRM Exemption Petition Season At The Copyright Office

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It's that time again at the U.S. Copyright Office: every three years the agency in charge of all things copyright-related accepts petitions on activities that should be exempt under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). 2014 is one of those years, but the deadline is Monday, November 3.

Sherwin Siy, VP of legal affairs at Public Knowledge tells Ars Technica that it's not too difficult to submit a petition, but recommends petitioners keep it under five or six pages long and be specific on what the exemption request will accomplish that serves the greater good.

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Megaupload Founder Ordered to Turn Over Personal Financial Information to Hollywood Studios

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has to share his personal financial information with Hollywood, according to a ruling by the New Zealand High Court. While Hollywood (or rather, those in Hollywood suing him) will be given access to his financial information, the public will not be provided with this information.

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Megaupload Founder Accuses Government of Charging Him With 'Nonexistent Crimes'

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom have filed a response to the U.S. government's attempt to size his assets, saying that it is trying to claim his property and charge him with a crime that is non-existent under current U.S. laws about copyright infringement.

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Square Enix Sues SNK Playmore

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Back in August SNK Playmore filed a criminal complaint against Square Enix, alleging that the company had engaged in "criminal copyright infringement" by using over 100 instances of unauthorized depictions of SNK Playmore characters in its Hi Score Girl manga.

This also led to the Consumer and Economic Crime Division of the Osaka, Japan Police raiding the local offices of Square-Enix to gather evidence.

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It's a Secret to Everyone: TTIP Trade Negotiations Come to America

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week in Chevy Chase, Michigan the seventh round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are taking place. Once again trade officials from participating countries that are negotiating this trade agreement are doing so behind closed doors and keeping any draft documents created a secret. As was the case with ACTA and with TTP, these negotiations have zero transparency outside of those involved in them and the interested parties invited to the table.

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UK Consumers Can Now Legally Make Backup Copies of Music, Movies, and More

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new law in the United Kingdom makes it legal for citizens to make backups of their legally purchased CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers can store these backup copies on home PCs or in the cloud, according to the BBC. Obviously it is still illegal to share these backup copies with friends, family, or with the Internet community at large. Prior to this change in the law, it was illegal to rip CDs locally or for use with iTunes.

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Hyperkin Responds to Accusations That it Uses Open-Sourced Software in its RetroN 5 Console

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game accessories company Hyperkin has publicly acknowledged (finally) that it uses open-sourced software in its RetroN5 console. In case you don't know, the RetroN5 is an all-in-one console system that allows consumers to play classic game software for a number of devices.

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Does RetroN 5's Software Borrow Liberally From Open-Sourced Emulator Programs?

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This Imgur! page suggests that the code powering Hyperkin's RetroN 5 borrows liberally from several open sourced emulators. Hyperkin's RetroN 5 is an all-in-one console system that lets consumers play games for NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, & Game Boy Advance. It features enhanced resolutions, HDMI output, improved sound, screenshot capture capabilities, and the ability to create and load saves states on demand.

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King Settles Lawsuit with 6Waves Over Game Clones

September 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Candy Crush Saga maker King has settled its copyright case against 6waves, has received an undisclosed sum of money, and has ensured the closure of 6waves' Farm Epic and Treasure Epic games - two games it claims were infringing on its copyrights.

"We are pleased that this matter has now been resolved," commented King's chief legal officer Robert Miller.

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Legal Scholar: 'Davis v. Electronic Arts' Perfect for Supreme Court Review

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An appellate case in court this week brought by former NFL players over the use of their likenesses in video games created by Electronic Arts could make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to William Ford, a professor who teaches intellectual property law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

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President Obama's Choice for 'Piracy Czar' is Cozy With Hollywood

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week the White House nominated an entertainment industry lawyer to be the new "piracy czar." The job's main function is to coordinate intellectual property enforcement efforts at various federal-level government agencies. The new czar will be Danny Marti, who replaces Victoria Espinel; she left last year to take the reins of lobbying group, The Software Alliance, or the BSA.

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Twitch Adds Appeal Button to Videos Affected By Automated Copyright Enforcement System

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After a rather tumultuous and contentious Reddit AMA yesterday featuring Twitch CEO Emmett Sheer, a new blog post from Twitch VP of Marketing & Communications Matthew DiPietro announces a couple of changes.

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Hitbox Says It is Time to Switch From Twitch

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Game streaming service Hitbox took a few hard shots at competitor Twitch this week after the service implemented new copyright rules and changed the way streamers can archive content.

In a blog post deriding Twitch and promoting its own service (of course), Hitbox said that forcing a 30 second or more delay on streams and applying its new automated copyright enforcement system on VODs is a "slap in the face of everyone who tries to share their passion for gaming with the world."

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Twitch CEO Says Ambient Music is the Target When Muting Archived Streams

August 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a Reddit AMA, Twitch CEO Emmet Shear said that in-game music getting muted was a mistake. Shear said that the target of the mass muting of archived streams was music played in the background that was not licensed ("ambient music"). He also acknowledged in the thread that some accidental mutings occurred and that they are looking into fixing that problem. He acknowledged that it was also probably a bad idea to roll out all of this stuff without first announcing it to the community.

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Twitch Muting Video That Contains Copyrighted Audio

August 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twitch is making preparations for something big, and while some of those changes don't impact broadcasters and viewers all that much, the latest action by the video game streaming service will make a lot of people mad.

The prevailing rumor is that Twitch will be acquired by Google through its YouTube division later this year for $1 billion or more. And while both Google and Twitch have not publicly talked about the deal, Twitch has done a few things this week that would indicate it is getting its house in order.

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SNK Playmore Files Criminal Complaint Against Square Enix

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

SNK Playmore has filed a criminal copyright infringement complaint against Square Enix.

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UK Tries Gentler Approach to Fighting Online Copyright Infringement

July 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK households that repeatedly pirate music, movies, and other copyrighted material online will receive warning letters beginning in 2015. Beyond that, the new informational initiative to educate the UK populace on the ills of piracy and where to find legal sources for content seems to have no punitive component attached to it.

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Copyright Skeptic: We Don't Need More Copyright Laws

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

"We don't need more copyright," says Chapman University law professor Tom Bell in a new video interview with Libertarian publication Reason.com. "Probably we could dial it back and still enjoy this great wealth of culture that's been generated, that's already in our libraries."

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Ironclad's 'Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion' Is Protected By First Amendment, Judge Rules

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ironclad Games and publisher Stardock Entertainment are free to use the word "rebellion" in the name of its latest real-time strategy game (Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion) because it is protected by the First Amendment, a U.S. judge ruled last month. The news of the ruling was revealed by Ironclad co-owner Blair Fraser in a forum post celebrating the victory - as reported on by Polygon.

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Valve Bans CS: Go Community Content Creators for Using Copyrighted Artwork

June 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software has banned a couple of Steam Community contributors and released a statement to its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive creators, according to this Gamasutra report. The community content creators allegedly used artwork for one of the most popular user-created weapons in the game that they did not own.

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Honda Jet Removed from 'FlightGear' After Trademark Complaint

June 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The open sourced flight simulation game FlightGear has been around on the most popular PC operating systems since 1997. It is frequently updated too, with new aircraft added once in awhile. But one aircraft won't be in the game any longer, thanks to Honda. Honda decided to send a takedown request last week to the makers of the game related to the inclusion of one of its jets. The company told the makers of the game that including it was an infringement of its trademarks.

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Wizards of the Coast Sues 'Hex: Shades of Fate' Makers

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Dungeons and Dragons and Magic The Gathering owner Wizards of the Coast has filed a lawsuit against Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hex Entertainment related to their digital card game Hex: Shards of Fate. According to the lawsuit the digital collectible card game is a clone of the popular card game Magic: The Gathering.

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UK Copyright Law Will Allow CD and DVD Ripping This Summer

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It will soon be legal to rips CDs, DVDs, and other media in the United Kingdom, according to this TorrentFreak report. The UK government has released a guide informing its citizenry that an upcoming revision of copyright laws in the country which will make it perfectly legal to make backup copies of CD and DVDs for personal use. Those changes will be in effect this summer.

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Florida Judge Rejects IP Address As A Valid Identifier in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Florida judge may have set a precedent when she threw out a case filed by Adult film company Malibu Media this week. Malibu filed a bulk lawsuit against an IP address and was seeking to have the courts subpoena the cable operator Comcast to turn over records on the individual connected to it.

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Rovio Wins Counterfeit Toy Lawsuit, Awarded $700K in Damages

March 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Angry Birds developer Rovio has won a lawsuit relating to several companies selling counterfeit versions of its popular toys without authorization. On Nov 6, 2012 Angry Birds maker Rovio sued Jong K. Park, Royal Plush Toys, Inc., Western Sales and Services Inc. and Royal Trade Int'l Inc. for making and selling unauthorized toys based on its popular game.

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New Zealand Supreme Court Rules Against Megaupload Founder

March 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. government does not have to disclose the evidence it will use against Megaupload owner Kim Dotcom prior to extraditing him to the United States, the New Zealand Supreme Court has ruled. In a 123-page ruling on Thursday the highest court in New Zealand said that there is no precedent to force the U.S. government to show its evidence prior to extradition.

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Matthew WilsonI heard reports of cheating, what else is happening?11/29/2014 - 1:28am
Papa MidnightThings are getting ugly over at the CS:GO tournament section of DreamHack Winter 201411/29/2014 - 1:27am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/music-publishers-finally-pull-the-trigger-sue-an-isp-over-piracy/ this is just stupid.11/29/2014 - 12:56am
Papa MidnightWhat Andrew Said. I also got directed to a Blu-Ray for Dragon Ball Z.11/29/2014 - 12:38am
Andrew EisenI don't get it. That's a link to a Dragon Ball Z set.11/29/2014 - 12:21am
MaskedPixelantehttps://hmv.ca/en/Search/Details?sku=763440 Real life Metroidvania.11/28/2014 - 8:33pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/25/lee-rigby-report-internet-firms-safe-haven-terrorists-pm wow... come on uk really?11/28/2014 - 2:39pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/11/two_tetris_downloads_to_be_removed_from_the_3ds_eshop_in_europe Tetris to be removed from the 3DS VC at the end of the year in Europe. Other regions unknown, but will probably all happen too.11/28/2014 - 9:16am
Andrew EisenThe story you just linked to? The story you asked if anyone had seen? Yes, THAT obnoxiousness. I've heard it parroted for nearly two years now.11/27/2014 - 7:57pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen: That shes an ex con man?11/27/2014 - 7:54pm
Andrew EisenI've heard the same obnoxious horse poo for years. It's nothing new.11/27/2014 - 7:45pm
ZippyDSMleeAlso anyone see this? http://guardianlv.com/2014/11/anita-sarkeesian-unmasked-feminist-icon-or-con-artist/11/27/2014 - 7:28pm
ZippyDSMleeEvil within is a badly designed game.11/27/2014 - 7:28pm
Andrew EisenSure but you said "widens," hence my confusion. Looking into it, yep, there's a tweak to completely re-frame the image, adding more info at the top and bottom. You apparently need a fairly beefy rig to keep it running smooth when you do that though.11/27/2014 - 6:48pm
Matthew Wilsonthere is vertical fov, not just horizontal fov11/27/2014 - 6:38pm
Andrew EisenWell, you can widen it to 3:1 or even 10:1 but I don't know why you'd want to. From what I understand it's the missing visual info at the top and bottom that some object to, not that there isn't enough on either side.11/27/2014 - 6:36pm
Matthew WilsonI think it widenss the fov, so you get to see more.11/27/2014 - 6:31pm
Andrew EisenI don't see how as doing so would not add any visual information to the top or bottom of the screen.11/27/2014 - 6:04pm
Matthew Wilsonfrom what I read, getting rid of the black bars and stretching it out made for a better play experience.11/27/2014 - 5:59pm
Andrew EisenFrom what I hear, there's a ton of "look up and shoot at the guys above you" stuff in the game that the wider frame doesn't accommodate such actions well.11/27/2014 - 5:55pm
 

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