Tag Archives: legal

Mini golf chain issues cease and desist letter to Minecraft developer

Minecraft developer Mojang has been served a cease and desist letter from US mini golf chain Putt-Putt regarding user-created levels using the likeness of the company’s courses. VG247 reports that Minecraft creator and Mojang founder Markus ‘Notch’ Persson took to Twitter to post an image of the letter, adding that …

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Congress reignites attempts to make ESRB rating legal in US

A bill has been introduced to congress that would make ESRB ratings mandatory for video games. American lawmakers have been scrambling to introduce legistlation concerning violent video games since the Sandy Hook school shooting in December, calling for aditional research, tax penalties, and now legal ratings. H.R. 287, introduced by …

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No Doubt and Activision settle Band Hero suit

Activision and No Doubt have settled out of court over the band’s lawsuit against the publisher. The dispute began back in 2009 when the band first filed the lawsuit claiming their likenesses were only to be used in Band Hero with their own in-game tracks – as opposed to the …

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Valve’s recent Steam T&C changes face legal challenge

A recent change to Steam’s terms and conditions could face legal action from a German consumer rights group. Last month Valve added a clause into Steam’s T&Cs that is designed to protect itself from class action lawsuits. Failure to agree to the changes resulted in consumers being locked out of …

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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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