eldavojohn writes: It's 2015 and the EFF is still submitting requests to alter or exempt certain applications of the draconian DMCA. One such request concerns abandoned games that utilized or required online servers for matchmaking or play (PDF warning) and the attempts taken to archive those games. A given examples is Madden '09 that had its servers shut down a mere one and a half years after release. Another is Gamespy and the EA & Nintendo titles that were not migrated to other servers. I'm sure everyone can come up with a once cherished game that required online play that is now abandoned and lost to the ages. While the EFF is asking for exemptions for museums and archivists, the ESA appears to take the stance that it's hacking and all hacking is bad. In prior comments (PDF warning), the ESA has called reverse engineering a proprietary game protocol "a classic wolf in sheep’s clothing" as if allowing this evil hacking will loose Sodom & Gomorrah upon the industry. Fellow gamers, these years now that feel like the golden age of online gaming will be the dark ages of games as historians of the future try to recreate what online play was like now for many titles.
eldavojohn writes: Although downloading songs without paying for them in Japan used to be a civil offense starting in 2010, it is now a crime with new penalties of up to two years in prison or fines of up to two million yen ($25,700). The lobbying group behind this push for more extreme penalties is none other than the RIAJ (the Japanese RIAA). The BBC notes this applies to both music and video downloads which may put anime studios in a particularly uncomfortable position.
eldavojohn writes: Details are thin but the long covered Oracle Vs Google trial has at least partially been decided in favor of Oracle against Google violating copyrights in Android when when it used Java APIs to design the system. Google moved for a mistrial after hearing the incomplete decision. The patent infringement accusations have yet to be ruled upon.
eldavojohn writes: Limewire has settled its suit with the RIAA for $105 million. It's several orders of ten lower than the $1.5 trillion initially demanded by the RIAA but it ends a nearly four year legal battle. P2P networks take heed, the monster may start looking for other targets.
eldavojohn writes: TechDirt and TorrentFreak are reporting on Paris Hilton's sex tape and how a company called Xpays is suing everyone who they found to download and distribute it. It took a while to figure out who had the rights to said sex tape (turns out it was the former boyfriend who now is an executive at Xpays) but it appears that 843 people who allegedly illegally downloaded "1 Night in Paris" between 2010 and 2011 might also be looking forward to 1 extortion letter from Xpays.
eldavojohn writes: The last time we discussed the Las Vegas Review-Journal and their litigating attorneys at Righthaven LLC, they were suing all the websites that had violated their news copyrights. Well, they've now added seven individual message board posters that they've managed to identify bringing the number of DMCA related lawsuits they have launched since March to 203. In one case, LVRJ is upset that a Google Groups user named Jim_Higgins posted a column that cited the columnist but failed to cite the original LVRJ article. But Google Groups is protected from these suits as the article explains: 'Both the madjacksports and Google sites are somewhat protected from copyright lawsuits because they have posted "DMCA" notices as required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. These notices, which must be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, inform copyright holders who to contact if they would like infringing material removed.' Let's hope Slashdot has similar "DMCA" notices protecting them from the likes of Righthaven as comments sometimes have article quotations. The first decision of this cluster of lawsuits was against Righthaven yet the onslaught continues. Righthaven has publicly dismissed fair use as well.
eldavojohn writes: A recent offensive of porn producers using copyright law against many anonymous P2P users has been terminated by a West Virginian judge. Initially Ken Ford, of Adult Copyright Company, to plan out nine lawsuits against some 22,000 file sharers, starting with 7,000 person and 9,000 person suit in the first wave. Unimpressed, the judge reduced everything down to one lawsuit against one file sharer telling the Adult Copyright Company that they are to prosecute each individual separately as they neither participated in the same transaction nor collaborated in these offenses. So if you're looking to hit 22,000 people with such a lawsuit, the $350 court filing fee will require an investment of $7.7 million ($1.8 million for the individuals listed so far). Ars points us to the hilarious fact that 'Ford has sued enough people that lawyers are taking out ads on his company name' and provides an image of an advertisement to a search. Note this is separate from a similar showdown in US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
eldavojohn writes: A number of sites are reporting that PJ McIlvaine is being sued by Fox for $15 million dollars. McIlvaine, a screenwriter herself, appeared to be collecting scripts available online and hosting them in a Media Fire repository for other screenwriters to learn from. Fox doesn't see it the same way and alleges that some of the scripts were for movies not yet out saying in the suit that McIlvaine did "interfere and trade off of the costly and carefully designed creative processes that produce finished works ready for public consumption. They harm the fans who do not want their enjoyment of a movie or television show to be spoiled by knowing the story ahead of actually being able to watch it." The Long Island woman did apparently host a script of Deadpool, an unreleased Fox comic book movie. According to the hefty amount, it appears that even sharing copyrighted scripts hurts movies in Fox's mind. Will lady justice agree?
eldavojohn writes: Right now details are thin but the AP is reporting that a Brazilian court is demanding that Rockstar and the local distributor halt sales of Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes From Liberty City worldwide or pay $3,000 per day. From the article, 'A court statement says the game makers do not have the rights to "Bota o Dedinho pro Alto," which is sung by an 8-year-old Brazilian boy and was composed by his father.' The Escapist provides video of the disputed scenes and songs that, according to Kotaku Brazil, Rockstar alleges are legally licensed. No news sources are reporting any damage amounts being sought by the 8 year old DJ and his father aside from the court's decision to pull the game out of stores around the world or fine Rockstar daily.