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Taking His Talents To The Southern District Of New York: Are LeBron James’ Tattoos Subject To Copyright?

by Weintraub Tobin on

With nearly 30% of Americans sporting at least one tattoo (up from 20% just four years ago), tattoos are becoming commonplace. This is even clearer among younger Americans, with nearly half of Millennials sporting ink. ...more

“Let’s Play:” DMCA Takedown Notices and Game Developer Acquiescence

There is an entire gaming sub-culture developed around watching others play video games. I’m not talking about gathering around the Game Cube in your friend’s basement and passing the only controller. “Let’s Play” videos...more

Video Game Network Patent Found to Be Patent Eligible – Not an Abstract Idea

The Federal District Court in Delaware recently denied a motion to dismiss a patent infringement case involving a video game networking technology patent based on the patent allegedly being invalid for lack of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Dealbook’s Street Scene column suggests that Wells Fargo would do well to forget about perceptions and start getting down to the hard business of fixing the “appalling behavior” that’s behind the ugly series of scandals that...more

Game Over for Nestlé? Atari Sues Over “Breakout” Kit-Kat Ads

For most of us, video games and candy go together perfectly, but that doesn’t mean they always get along. In fact, last week the “original” video game company, Atari Interactive, sued food and candy behemoth Nestlé in...more

Plaintiff in Gridiron Battle Over Place of Expert Testimony in Software Copyright Claim Requests Supreme Court to Be Referee

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The software engineer who first coded the popular “John Madden Football” (now Madden NFL) computer video game has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow expert witness testimony to support his software copyright claim, over 25...more

Creator Of NBA 2K16 Warns Tattoo Lawsuit Could Leave Lasting Impression

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A multi-million dollar lawsuit for copyright infringement against Take Two Software, the creators of NBA 2K16 has proved to be anything but a slam dunk. The alleged infringement concerns player avatars displaying tattoos...more

Court Enjoins Milwaukee Over AR Location-based Game Ordinance

A U.S. District Court Judge issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing a Milwaukee county ordinance requiring a permit before implementing certain AR location-based games. As we previously reported, Candy Lab AR,...more

MLB to Oppose (maybe) Blizzard’s Overwatch League Logo

If you’re a video game fan like me, you’re probably familiar with Blizzard Entertainment and their assortment of popular games, such as Starcraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft. One of Blizzard’s newest games is Overwatch, a...more

Augmented and virtual reality - emerging legal implications of "The Final Platform"

by Reed Smith on

In August 2015, Time Magazine declared that Virtual Realty (“VR”) was about to change the world. A year earlier, Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2.3 billion signalling the impact of what Oculus founder Palmer Luckey referred...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

Fair use blocks out copyright claim over LeBron’s tattoo

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Courtside questions: Is it fair or foul to show a player’s tattoo in a video game? LeBron James is a talented individual: three-time NBA Champion; 13-time NBA All-Star. And he gave a more than respectable performance playing...more

European Commission Prioritizes Completion of Digital Single Market

by Jones Day on

Since May 2015, the European Commission ("Commission") has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market as one of its top-ten political priorities. The Digital Single Market Strategy ("Strategy") aims at ensuring...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This. Intellectual Property Tips for the Esports Industry - With the annual Game Developers Conference spectacular in our rearview mirror, and the NBA’s partnership with Take-Two to...more

AR Game Maker Launches First Amendment Challenge

Candy Lab AR, makers of the augmented reality poker game Texas Rope ‘Em, sued Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, over an ordinance alleged to be violating the First Amendment. The ordinance states: “Permits shall be required before...more

At Stake

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its March monthly meeting on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Springfield. Riverboat -...more

Blizzard v. Bossland: Game Over for Video Game Botting?

I’m a rules follower. Going back to the days of the Game Genie—a device that allowed gamers to play Super Mario Bros. with infinite lives or the Legend of Zelda with infinite bombs—I have always preferred the satisfaction of...more

GameStop Investigating Data Breach of Credit Card Information

Brian Krebs broke the story that GameStop was investigating a possible data breach affecting customers’ credit card information. This week, GameStop confirmed that it is investigating the possible compromise of credit card...more

Gaming and Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 1, April 2017: Nevada Leads The Way On Esports Wagering

by Dickinson Wright on

Perhaps the hottest topic in gaming today is the growth of professional esports. Esports are – essentially – professional video game tournaments and contests. Audiences for such tournaments have been filling stadiums in Asia...more

Manatt Digital - March 2017

Mobile Games' Booming Market: Opportunity for Hollywood and IP Owners - The mobile games market is growing at a record-breaking pace. The market reached a new high in 2016, generating more than $40.6 billion in worldwide...more

Intellectual property rights in a virtual world

by Dentons on

This article will explore the key legal issues relating to intellectual property (IP) rights, traditionally only used in the real world, and their role in the virtual or augmented world. The basic legal position on including...more

Federal Court knocks TPM circumvention with significant damages award

by DLA Piper on

In a major victory for Nintendo, the Federal Court of Canada awarded $12.7 million in damages for circumventing technological protection measures (TPMs) and copyright infringement. This decision (America of America Inc. v...more

Virtual legality: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - legal issues

by Dentons on

With Newsweek predicting that 2017 will be shaped by Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)1 Dentons, as part of its on-going TechTalk series, thought it was timely to examine the legal issues associated with this...more

Don’t Game Your Players with False Advertising

Advertising for new games can present some troublesome legal issues, if due care is not taken. A recently concluded matter in the UK highlights an example of the potential issues. Hello Games was investigated by the...more

No Love For Proposed Consumer Class Settlements

by Carlton Fields on

Two consumer class actions recently hit a roadblock when courts denied final approval for class settlements. In In re Target Consumer Data Security Breach, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota preliminarily...more

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