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Archive for August 2011

GRAND THEFT AUTO TESTERS UNDERPAID? TAKING TAKE 2 TO THE BANK IN A RED DEAD CLASS CERTIFICATION MOTION

Plaintiffs are moving for class certification in an action against video game developer Take 2 Interactive in San Francisco Superior Court. Take 2, who has also published Bioshock and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, is probably most famous for owning Rockstar Games, makers of the notorious (and awesome) ‘Grand Theft Auto’ series. The suit filed on … Continue reading

GORDON GECKO SAYS ‘LIONSGATE IS BAD': ICAHN WALKS FROM TAKEOVER

Corporate ‘raider’ Carl Icahn, angel to some and demon to others, has been a major player behind the scenes in much of the entertainment world. Said to be an inspiration for Gordon Gecko in ‘Wall Street’ (minus the crimes and prison sentence, but famously known to have said, “In this business, you want a friend? … Continue reading

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? THE SUPREME COURT!: NBCU APPEALS ‘GHOST HUNTERS’ DECISION TO THE HIGHEST COURT

Larry Montz is a ‘parapsychologist’ who came up with the idea of a TV show following him and his crew going to haunted locations and looking for paranormal activity. From 1996-2003, Montz and his publicist went around Hollywood pitching the idea for the show to various studios, including NBC and Sci-Fi channel, all of whom … Continue reading

‘THE EXPENDABLES’ LAWSUIT EXPENDED, BUT EXPECT A SEQUEL

NuImage, makers of ‘The Expendables’ brought suit earlier this year against over 23,000 internet users alleged to have illegally downloaded the movie, making it the largest copyright infringement case of its kind, at least by number of defendants. Earlier this month, the court hearing the case forced NuImage to drop all anonymous defendants (usually called … Continue reading

GAMESTOP OFFERS $50, APOLOGIES, AND MORE DEALS FOR PURCHASERS OF THE PC DEUS EX GAME

Nerds in Court earlier reported that GameStop had intentionally removed coupons for the OnLive service which Square Enix had placed in new copies of the PC version of Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution. GameStop then proceeded to sell those copies as new, before having second thoughts and pulling the product from their shelves. In … Continue reading

UBISOFT TAPS OUT FROM ZUFFA’S KEYLOCK: ULTIMATE FIGHTING GAME DISPUTE SETTLED

Zuffa, the company behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship, approached game-maker Ubisoft regarding the packaging for Ubi’s ‘Fighters Uncaged.’ ‘Uncaged’ is a mixed martial arts fighting video game that invites players on the back cover to “Become the ULTIMATE FIGHTING weapon!” Zuffa references the phrase “Ultimate Fighting” in numerous trademarks it owns and apparently contacted Ubisoft … Continue reading

2001: A LEGAL ODDITY; SAMSUNG USES CLARKE/KUBRICK FILM IN OPPOSITION TO APPLE’S INJUNCTION

We’ve earlier reported on Apple’s various patent lawsuits against Android-based device manufacturers Samsung and others. To be clear, Apple has moved for a preliminary injunction in the case, which would essentially prohibit Samsung from manufacturing and selling touchpad products before the case actually goes to trial. Essentially, Samsung could eventually prevail at trial, but still … Continue reading

CHINA DOESN’T WANT IT THAT WAY: BANS 100 SONGS FROM INTERNET

Yes, the internet is still tightly controlled in China, edited for content that does not fit with the official party line there. The Ministry of Culture recently published a list of 100 songs that were to be deleted from music download sites by September 15th or else any site owner in China will face the … Continue reading

CARPE COUPON: SEIZE THE VOUCHER!; GAMESTOP STOPS GAME: PULLS PC DEUS EX COUPONS, THEN WHOLE GAME

GameStop, the video/computer game retail giant, has contracts with major game companies whose games it distributes.  Often this results in GameStop customers receiving special benefits, such as exclusive content; however, it also appears to restrict game companies from promoting competing companies.  Yet PC versions of Square Enix’s newest release, “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” contained coupons … Continue reading

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR VS. LOST CONTINENT: 20TH CENTURY FOX PREVAILS IN COPYRIGHT SUIT BY SCREENWRITER

Geez, you’ve got a big legal bill.  Geez, you’ve got a big legal bill.  In 2009, writer James Muller filed suit in the US District Court in Central California claiming that 20th Century Fox stole his script to make 2004’s ‘Alien vs. Predator.’  Muller’s script called ‘Lost Continent’ was about a government-led expedition to Antarctica … Continue reading

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