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Amazon admits to imposing Hachette limitations

Limitations HAVE been imposed on book publisher Hachette on Amazon, the retailer has admitted. It was reported yesterday that Amazon had removed pre-order buttons, increased prices and extended delivery times on the publisher’s products in an attempt to exert pressure in a contract dispute. We are currently buying less (print) …

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Stoic calls for King to lift ‘saga’ trademark dispute

If King’s intentions are as innocent as the company claim it should withdraw its trademarks dispute with Stoic, the indie dev has argued. Two years ago, the three of us at Stoic set out to make an epic viking game: The Banner Saga. We did, and people loved it, so …

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King says Saga dispute is about protecting future properties

Candy Crush Saga maker King has tried to calm the furore surrounding its Saga trademarks dispute. The dust on its ‘Candy’ trademark tussle had not even settled this morning when it emerged that the company was opposing a trademark request from developer Stoic over its indie game The Banner Saga. …

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UKIE disputes Government’s games industry shrinkage claims

The UK game industry shrunk by nearly half in 2012 compared to 2011, according to figures released by the department for Culture, Media and Sport. The economic contribution in 2012 (or gross value added) was 540 million. During 2011 however, the industry was valued at 946 million. This means there …

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Blaze and Tommo fight back in Neo Geo X dispute

Tommo and Blaze have rebutted SNK’s attempts to shut down the Neo Geo X console. MCV yesterday reported that SNK had issued notice of the withdrawl of its licensing agreement for the retro console, demanding an immediate cease to its manufacture, distribution and sale. This morning, however, both its American …

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‘Memory’ trademark dispute leaves iOS devs in name dilemma

A request from German company Ravensburger could lead to the renaming of dozens of apps on the Apple App Store. The company claims to hold the trademark for the word in a number of European countries, and having pressed Apple on the issue the iPhone platform holder has sent out …

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Microsoft rejects Motorola settlement offer

A proposed settlement offer from Motorola has been rejected by Microsoft as the pair’sw legal tussle continues. Having successfully won a block on Xbox 360 sales in Germany(pending the outome of the US trial), Motorola’s patent claim against the console now threatens to ban the machine from the US. CVG …

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Apple and Nokia settle dispute

Apple and Nokia have settled an ongoing patent dispute which will see the firms bury their respective legal hatchets and Apple pay Nokia an undisclosed sum. Well-known patent activist Florian Meuller patted himself on the back as his former prediction of an Apple Nokia settlement came true. "I think Apple …

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Sony could overcome LG injunction

The surprise injunction won by LG against PS3 platform holder Sony earlier this week may have disrupted the company’s European console shipments, but Sony could yet find an easy way of shipping the hardware into the Continent. The Guardian reports that European patent laws are enforced on a country-by-country basis. …

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