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EU says copyright laws encourage piracy

The European Union’s digital agenda commissioner has said that money spent on pursuing those found guilty of breaching copyright has not helped to decrease piracy. Aggressive legal tactics from certain rights holders has simply created an air of resentment and distrust for the whole copyright system, Neelie Kroes argues. "Is …

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Now Viacom sues former Harmonix shareholders

Viacom is taking ex-shareholders of Rock Band developer Harmonix to court, following a lawsuit filed against the firm itself last year. The former parent company of Harmonix and owner of MTV claims that previous Harmonix shareholders owe it over $131m, reports Gamasutra. Viacom claims this is a refund” of the …

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Legalities of XBLA’s rival platform policy detailed

There’s nothing wrong with Microsoft’s decision not to publish downloadable games on Xbox Live if they arrive on rival systems first, a lawyer has claimed. Last month the publisher’s VP of interactive entertainment business for Europe Chris Lewis said the reason for not publishing rival exclusives is because it’s protecting …

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Largest BitTorrent prosecution begins

The US Copyright Group has been granted permission to subpoena ISPs for the details of users who have illegally downloaded movies via BitTorrent. Film companies are said to have paid ‘snoops’ to monitor BitTorrent sites by observing active torrents and capturing users’ IP addresses. TechRadar reports that around 23k individuals …

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Activision squares up to Arnie

A growing number of corporate giants from America’s leading entertainment industries have joined forces to fight a proposed law that would for the first time illegalise the sale of violent games to minors in the US. Activision is amongst the growing number of voices arguing that the law, which was …

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Support stalls for Schwarzenegger games bill

It appears that the movement to oppose Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mature games bill in the US is proving successful with confirmation that no new states have signed up to the proposal since July. Law.com reports that only 11 states have pledged support for the measures, which would see the sale of …

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R4 ban extends to all DS copy devices

It has been confirmed that the recent High Court ruling that illegalised the R4 DS card in the UK has also illegalised a number of other devices designed to perform the same task on Nintendo’s handheld. Specifically, the ruling applies to R4 DS, CycloDS Evolution, M3 DS, DS Linker, EZ, …

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