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?”

Copyright Law Gets Better for Video Game History

At the end of October, The Library of Congress made some new fair use exemptions regarding video game preservation. There is no doubt that video games have made cultural history, and the exemptions will make it easier for libraries and archivists to share said impact. “The Acting Register found that the record supported granting anContinue reading “Copyright Law Gets Better for Video Game History”

Music Modernization Act Signed into Law

The music modernization act has been signed into law! It received unanimous support across the House and the Senate, as well as musicians and labels. The bill tries to revamp copyright law for the modern era, as there are so many music streaming services. The Music Modernization Act has three large pieces of legislation: ProducersContinue reading “Music Modernization Act Signed into Law”

Comic-Con Wins Trademark Lawsuit In Salt Lake City

Comic-Con won a lawsuit in Salt Lake City in late August. This matters, because Comic-Con owns various trademarks in different classes, as well as owning the trademarks to different locations. The separate locations are all registered under the San Diego Comic Convention Corporation. Unfortunately, Salt Lake City Comic-Con is not a registered trademark under theContinue reading “Comic-Con Wins Trademark Lawsuit In Salt Lake City”