Tagged With legal


Rebellion's in the news today for all the wrong reasons. In addition to copping flak from users regarding revoked Steam keys for Sniper Elite 3, it's also lost a battle against developers Stardock and Ironclad over the use of the word "Rebellion" in the latter's space-based 4X game, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, with a US district court ruling that Ironclad is free to use "Rebellion" in the game's title.


Composer Marty O'Donnell, the man responsible for Halo's iconic theme song, is suing his former company Bungie for not paying benefits he claims he is owed. In the lawsuit, O'Donnell alleges that when he was terminated, he had accrued holiday time, sabbatical time and paid time off, which Bungie has not paid him.


Last week, Wizards of the Coast shook its legal finger at Hex: Shards of Fate, an upcoming MMO trading card game that raked in $US2.27 million in funding on Kickstarter. WotC alleges that the game is a "misappropriation of intellectual property" and is proceeding with a lawsuit against the developer, Cryptozoic. If you're wondering just how much Hex has in common with Magic: The Gathering, it might help to hear it from someone who's not just a fan, but a lawyer.


The FBI has charged a 47-year-old man with stealing thousands to use on the online browser game Evony, best known in the gaming community for some rather sleazy advertisement tactics involving gratuitous amounts of cleavage. Defendant David Buchanan, who lives in Molokai, Hawaii, was charged with wire fraud yesterday following a five-month FBI investigation.


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.


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.


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.