General Update – Studying

Hello everyone. I haven’t been as active online lately, because I’v been studying again. I recently obtained the book “Video Game Law Everything You Need to Know About Legal and Business Issues in the Game Industry”. I have been reading, taking notes, and outlining my notes, as if I was back in law school. Don’tContinue reading “General Update – Studying”

U.S. SENATOR ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO BAN LOOT BOXES AND PAY-TO-WIN MICROTRANSACTIONS

On Wednesday, Senator Josh Hawley (Republican – Missouri), announced that he will introduce legislation that will ban loot boxes and pay to win microtransactions. Currently named the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act”, the Act, if approved, would prohibit features that allow players to pay real world money to advance in the game (pay-to-win), orContinue reading “U.S. SENATOR ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO BAN LOOT BOXES AND PAY-TO-WIN MICROTRANSACTIONS”

Dance Lawsuits Against Epic Games’s “Fortnite” Have Been Paused

Remember how many people were suing Epic Games, over dances being used as emotes in the game Fortnite? The lawsuits have been put on hold, following a recent ruling from the United States Supreme Court. The ruling stated that a copyright infringement lawsuit may only commence once the copyrighted work in question is successfully registeredContinue reading “Dance Lawsuits Against Epic Games’s “Fortnite” Have Been Paused”

Opinion: Thoughts Regarding Supreme Court Ruling on Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com

On March 4, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling on Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com, saying, “We hold, in accord with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, that registration occurs, and a copyright claimant may commence an infringement suit, when the Copyright Office registers a copyright. UponContinue reading “Opinion: Thoughts Regarding Supreme Court Ruling on Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com”

Copyright Owners Can Not Sue Until After Registration of Copyrighted Work: SCOTUS

On March 4, 2019, the United States Supreme Court ruled on the case of Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com.  The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a copyright infringement suit can not be filed until after the Copyright Office has granted a registration for the work in question. The case hinged onContinue reading “Copyright Owners Can Not Sue Until After Registration of Copyrighted Work: SCOTUS”

Husband and Wife ordered to pay $12m to Nintendo for running ROM sites.

Originally published on November 15, 2018 Every now and then there is discussion about ROMs, and their purpose. ROMs are illegal, and the news report below can show the strong punishment that running ROM sites may have. https://www.eurogamer.net/amp/2018-11-13-husband-and-wife-must-pay-usd12m-to-nintendo-for-running-rom-sites?__twitter_impression=true

FTC Investigates Loot Boxes

Originally posted on December 5, 2018 On November 27, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) agreed to investigate loot boxes, and the effect it has on gambling behavior. “Loot boxes are now endemic in the video game industry and are present in everything from casual smart phone games to the newest, high budget releases,” said SenatorContinue reading “FTC Investigates Loot Boxes”

Streaming Prevalence Making Songs Shorter?

A look at the average length of individual songs in albums over time has revealed that each individual song in a single album has become shorter. For example, in analyzing Kendrick Lamar’s albums, it was found that in the album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City (released in 2012), the 5th song starts on the 19th minute.Continue reading “Streaming Prevalence Making Songs Shorter?”

Take Two Interactive vs. Pinkerton lawsuit

Take Two Interactive is in another lawsuit. This time it’s not about dances, but over the portrayal of fictional Pinkertons in Red Dead Redemption 2. The Defendants, Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations Inc. and Pinkerton Service Corporation, argue trademark infringement Take Two for using their name and mark in Red Dead Redemption 2. Pinkterton says thatContinue reading “Take Two Interactive vs. Pinkerton lawsuit”

Copyright, Dancing, and Fortnite?

DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE IS FOR DISCUSSION PURPOSES ONLY. NONE OF THIS SHOULD BE TAKEN AS LEGAL ADVICE. IF YOU HAVE LEGAL QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONSULT AN ATTORNEY. In current video game news, various people are suing Epic Games for using their respective dances without permission in the popular video game, Fortnite. Many have spoken out aboutContinue reading “Copyright, Dancing, and Fortnite?”