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Remember the drama when the makers of Candy Crush Saga tried to trademark the word "candy?" And then they wanted to put a claim on "saga" too. Of course, trademarking a name isn't the same as owning it. Regardless, a new game shows you what it would be like to have everyday words become verboten someone else "owns" them. Spoiler: it would really suck.

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The daughter of the mobster who brought down John Gotti is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V for $US40 million alleging a minor character in the game was based on her life story and it was used without her permission. Karen Gravano says "Antonia Bottino", (pictured in the background above) whom the player rescues in a random encounter called "Burial", at the far north of the map. Gravano appeared on the first three seasons of VH1's "Mob Wives" reality show and her lawsuit says she's publishing another book about her life soon.

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The makers of Candy Crush Saga have issued a lengthy defence of their actions, with regard to a couple of notorious trademark applications and allegations it deliberately cloned a game whose makers reached a deal with another publisher. "Our policy is to protect our IP and also respect the IP of others," writes Riccardo Zacconi, King's CEO and co-founder in a statement appended to his company's corporate site today.