Legal News


'Kevin Butler' actor settles suit with Sony

By Steve Watts, Jan 17, 2013 5:30pm PST

Actor Jerry Lambert has settled the breach of contract suit brought against him by Sony. He has agreed not to appear in any ad that mentions video games for two years, and then afterwards to notify Sony of video game ads for two years.


""Lambert is still able to portray the "Kevin Butler" character, with Sony's permission." Only ..."

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President Obama proposes CDC study on media violence

By Steve Watts, Jan 16, 2013 11:30am PST

President Obama has ordered the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes of gun violence, including a possible connection to violent media such as video games. It comes among a list of 23 executive orders, and proposals for Congressional legislation.


"Games typically cost 10 times a movie ticket. There are typically about 300 movies released in ..."

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Editorial: Taking a seat at the table on gun violence

By Steve Watts, Jan 16, 2013 7:30am PST

Some gamers reacted harshly to Vice President Biden's offer to meet with the game industry, and more so at the game industry accepting. But taking a seat at the table was the right thing to do, both politically and ethically.


"Holy shit, you mean when people actually sit and talk about something without spouting off a ..."

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Bohemia developers released on bail from Greek jail

By Steve Watts, Jan 15, 2013 10:00am PST

The two Bohemia Interactive developers arrested in Greece have been let out on bail, according to Czech news sources.


"thank god. Now get back to work, I want those ragdolls feeling SNAPPY for when I begin my ..."

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Vice President Biden offers 'no judgment' on game industry

By Steve Watts, Jan 14, 2013 12:00pm PST

Vice President Joe Biden met with various representatives of the video game industry on Friday, and made it clear he was not singling it out or treating it as a scapegoat.


"yeah, that does sound good, maybe with some sour cream as well.."

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Motorola's Xbox ban rejected by US court

By Steve Watts, Dec 04, 2012 9:00am PST

A US federal judge has ruled that Motorola's patents are too critical to the industry not to offer reasonable licenses, and therefore a ban on Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles cannot be imposed.


Blizzard facing class action suit over authenticators

By John Keefer, Nov 13, 2012 5:00pm PST

When your games are purchased by millions of people, you are bound to have some dissatisfied customers, some willing to take you to court. Blizzard is staring down a class action suit by two gamers who have accused the company of herding players to buy Battle.net authenticat...


"Another statement they made was that the authenticators on mobile devices were free for exactly ..."

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Silicon Knights ordered to destroy Unreal Engine games

By Steve Watts, Nov 09, 2012 8:15am PST

Silicon Knights has received a court order to destroy all game code that used the modified Unreal Engine, and recall and destroy any unsold copies. These include Too Human and X-Men: Destiny.


"Oh man.. that means no Too Human 2.. so sad, loved the first one."

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Ubisoft suing Black Eyed Peas for more than $1 million

By Steve Watts, Oct 17, 2012 11:15am PDT

Ubisoft is taking the Black Eyed Peas to court, claiming its representatives failed to respond to builds of an iOS game as per the terms of their contract.


"I was hoping they were suing them for crimes against humanity."

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D&D Online, LOTRO studio facing patent lawsuit

By Steve Watts, Oct 12, 2012 12:30pm PDT

A web development company is suing Turbine Inc, the studio behind LOTRO and D&D Online, for a patent infringement involving its method of collecting user data.


"agree with the points ChromeBallz has put forward here.. way to go mate !"

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Gaikai sued for alleged streaming patent infringement

By Steve Watts, Oct 11, 2012 2:00pm PDT

T5 Labs is suing Gaikai for infringing on its patent, which covers sharing a GPU between two or more programs.


"Could you give an example of a good software patent? Perhaps mp3 compression? It's hard to think ..."

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'Kevin Butler' character not in ads, says Bridgestone

By Steve Watts, Oct 09, 2012 10:00am PDT

Bridgestone has responded to Sony's lawsuit over the appearance of actor Jerry Lambert, claiming that Lambert's character is not "Kevin Butler" at all and denying the possibility of consumer confusion.


"I remember his first big break was a series of Geico commercials."

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Sony suing 'Kevin Butler' actor

By Steve Watts, Oct 08, 2012 9:00am PDT

Sony has filed a lawsuit against Bridgestone Tires and advertising firm Wildcat Creek, for actor and WC president Jerry Lambert's appearances as a character similar to Kevin Butler.


"That's probably what it is. Back when Pierce Brosnan was playing James Bond his contract stated ..."

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No Doubt, Activision settle Band Hero lawsuit

By Steve Watts, Oct 04, 2012 12:00pm PDT

No Doubt and Activision have settled their lawsuits over Band Hero likeness rights, putting an end to a three-year legal feud.


38 Studios won't face federal charges

By Steve Watts, Oct 01, 2012 10:30am PDT

The U.S. Attorney's office has confirmed that it is no longer pursuing any federal action against 38 Studios, though Rhode Island state officials are still checking into the matter.


"I guess that meshes with the "We were talking to EA about funding, when all of the sudden, ..."

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