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Atari justifies iOS legal action

Longstanding publisher Atari has effectively confirmed that it has taken action to block iOS games that apparently infringe on copyright. Yesterday it was accused of getting Apple to remove games from the App Store that are similar in appearance to some Atari titles. Atari said in a statement that its …

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Atari launches legal assault on iOS devs

Black Powder Media, the producer of iOS title Vector Tanks 3, has claimed that Atari has issued a number of copyright infringement claims against games that resemble anything from Atari’s back catalogue. Vector Tanks 3 is in itself a derivative of Atari’s 1980 arcade title Battlezone. Thanks to their special …

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THQ wins Ubisoft dev poaching case

The Quebec Court of Appeal has overturned a Ubisoft injunction against THQ which sought to block the latter from soliciting staff from the French publisher. Ubisoft was granted the injunction in March this year thatprohibited THQ from approaching staff at Ubisoft, as employees at the publisher had a ‘non compete …

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Zynga settles CityVille copyright lawsuit

Social games giant Zynga has ended its legal action on Brazilian games firm Vostu for alleged copyright infringement. Zynga took legal action on Vostu in June for ‘infringement of its creative works’ including titles such as Zynga’s popular Facebook game CityVille. Now Vostu has agreed to pay a fee to …

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OG wins court battle

A Californian court has blocked Ubisoft’s request for a temporary restraining order on Get Up and Dance. OG International’s dance title was allowed to go on sale as usual in the US. Its UK release was unaffected. Ubisoft claimed Get Up and Dance uses avatars and instructors that look ‘nearly …

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Apple fails in bid to block Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in US

A judge in the US has denied Apple’s move to block the sale of a range of Samsung Android devices in the ongoing patent infringement dispute. The ruling is particularly important because is means that the latest Samsung devices including the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available for sale in …

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AT&T ruling lead to Sony TOS changes

A controversial new clause in the terms of service for PlayStation Network users arose as a result of a recent US court ruling in favour of AT&T, the platform holder has said. Earlier this month it emerged that Sony had inserted a new clause into PSN’s TOS that prevented users …

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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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Sony inserts anti-lawsuit clause into PSN TOS

The wake of this year’s PSN meltdown still continues to ripple. Sony has updated the terms of service document that users must agree to when registering with PSN. It has added a clause – called ‘Binding Individual Arbitration’ – which looks to prevent future incidents of the legal action the …

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Activision gains control of ModernWarfare3.com

Up until yesterday ModernWarfare3.com was not owned by Activision. Now, however, it is. In July publisher EA was accused of snapping up the domain so it could redirect fans to its own Battlefield 3 website. It transpired, though, that the URL was owned by Florida resident Anthony Abraham – a …

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