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PEGI ratings go official on July 30th

July 30th is the day that the full-blooded new PEGI age ratings system for video games will go live in the UK. Games released in the UK are currently rated by both PEGI and, if they contain mature content, the BBFC. PEGI will assume sole control from the end of …

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European Court validates pre-owned, gives nod to digital resale

Publisher’s hopes of illegalising the sale of pre-owned software have been dashed after the European Court of Justice ruled that the practice is legitimate. It has also ruled that consumers have the right to re-sell their digital purchases, The ruling is not binding but is designed to be used for …

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Microsoft clamps down in "Xbox roadmap" leak

It’s often hard to distinguish between fact and faction. But luckily sometimes companies make it far easier for us to tell. Remember the leaked” Xbox 720 roadmap document that emerged online at the weekend? Even MCV treated it with a pinch of salt. Well, it now looks more or less …

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Def Jam Rapstar studio 4mm Games "on hold"

The $8m lawsuit against Def Jam Rapstar producer 4mm Games has left the firm starved for money” and its fate uncertain. Record label EMI took 4mm Games and developer Terminal Reality to court earlier this year for allegedly not obtaining song rights for the rap karaoke game. 4mm Games co-founder …

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Def Jam Rapstar dev sued for $8m

Record label EMI is suing the developers of music game Def Jam Rapstar in an $8m lawsuit for allegedly not obtaining song rights. EMI is seeking damages from the ‘theft of songs’ from artists like Kanye West, DMX and Lil Wayne, which were used in the game without permission, claims …

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Mass Effect 3: Space Edition winners in legal hot water

Two American gamers who were the lucky winners of EA’s Mass Effect 3: Space Edition contest have found themselves in a spot of legal bother. Kotaku reports that video makers Michael Davis and Miguel Droz stumbled across a downed Mass Effect 3 weather balloon in the Arizona desert. Upon realising …

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UKIE plans to make UK crowd funding legal

Industry trade body UKIE will publish a report next week outlining how to make crowd funding legal for UK games firms. It wants to change legislation so that publishers and other games companies can receive money from large numbers of individuals, in order to fund new projects. The news comes …

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NCsoft lawsuit seeks to block MMO in US

Online games publisher NCsoft has filed a lawsuit against the developer of MMO game Tera in a bid to block its launch in the US. According to court documents, NCsoft has taken court action against South Korea-based Bluehole Studio for trade secrets and unfair competition, reports MMO Culture. The publisher …

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11 publishers accused of pursuing torrenting settlements

The names of nine publishers have been released in conjunction with claims that a fresh spate of anti-piracy lawsuits has emerged across Europe. The practise, which has been bullied out of court on numerous occasions, sees publishers contacting internet users with claims that their IP address has been used to …

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Microsoft and Datel settle Xbox 360 lawsuits

Microsoft and accessory manufacturer Datel have settled their Xbox 360 patent infringement and antitrust cases against each other. Staffordshire-based Datel originally took Microsoft to court in November 2009 after claiming a 360 dashboard update was issued to block certain Datel accessories from working, reports Bloomberg. These included Datel’s Max Memory …

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