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Judge Rules Games Are "Expressive Works" 157

There has been an ongoing legal battle over the past few years about how and when game makers can use the likenesses of football players without their permission. Former college football player Samuel Keller filed a class action suit in May against Electronic Arts for the publisher's use of NCAA players' information — including things like jersey number, height, weight, skin tone and hair style, but not names — to recreate actual teams within sports games. An earlier suit filed by NFL Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown brought up the fact that video games weren't even a consideration when contracts and licensing rights were negotiated in the '50s and '60s, yet many football players from that era (including Brown) are represented in the occasional sports game whether they like it or not. A ruling came down from a district court judge last Wednesday stating that video games are "expressive works, akin to an expressive painting that depicts celebrity athletes of past and present in a realistic sporting environment," and are thus protected under the First Amendment. Brown and fellow Hall-of-Famer Herb Adderley are now seeking to throw their support behind Keller's lawsuit.

Submission + - MS Should Dump Windows In Favor Of Windowing Shell ( 2

snydeq writes: "Deep End's Paul Venezia offers some sage, if not polemic advice for Microsoft in the wake of new exploits that take advantage of Vista's fundamental architecture and the ways in which Microsoft chose to protect it: 'jettison nearly everything under the covers in Windows, and basically write a windowing shell on top of a UNIX-based core. ... There would be plenty of work involved in this effort, of course, but given the fact that it's already easy to run Windows apps side-by-side with Linux and Mac OS applications using VMware or Parallels, it's certainly not as large a task as it might seem. They could even write their own X11 clone and have their way with it, like they do with most other existing protocols and frameworks.'"

Submission + - NASA say that Arctic ice loss natural and not AGW (

lego_boy_aus writes: While not saying that the decrease is 100% caused by AGW, this does add to the growing number of events and occurences that have falsely been attributed wholly to AGW.

A team of NASA and university scientists has detected an ongoing reversal in Arctic Ocean circulation triggered by atmospheric circulation changes that vary on decade-long time scales. The results suggest not all the large changes seen in Arctic climate in recent years are a result of long-term trends associated with global warming.

Hopefully this will get the same level of coverage as the initial claim that AGW was the sole cause of ice levels decreasing got...

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