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  • Blog Post: California Senator Leland Yee Apologizes To Gamers

    California's Senator apologizes to gamers for saying they have "no credibility" when it comes to the debate about violent games. In 2011, California State Senator Leland Yee authored the anti-game legislation that was struck down by the Supreme Court. A few days ago, Lee told the San Francisco... More
  • Blog Post: Anti-Game Lawmaker Says Gamers Don't Have Credibility

    Leland Yee, who authored the anti-game legislation in California that was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2011, says gamers aren't qualified to weigh in on the debate about violent games. Speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle , Yee said "Gamers have just got to quiet down. Gamers have... More
  • Blog Post: Bethesda Settles Lawsuit With Minecraft Creator

    It's been over six months since Bethesda decided to sue Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft, because of the indie studio's decision to name an upcoming project "Scrolls." Now that lawsuit is officially ended with both parties apparently pleased. According to a tweet from Mojang head... More
  • Blog Post: One Of Two Infinity Ward Co-Founder Lawsuit Claims Dismissed By Judge

    We're still waiting for the trial related to Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella leaving Activision to begin, but as of this week, West and Zampella have had one of their lawsuit claims against Activision dismissed by a judge. Bloomberg reports that state superior court judge... More
  • Blog Post: Oklahoma Representative Wants Bonus Tax On Violent Video Games

    Anyone reading this probably buys enough games to constantly be fretting about the cost, but soon Oklahoma residents may have to pay a small amount more than everyone else. KOCO-TV reports that Oklahoma state representative William Fourkiller has proposed a new law placing a one percent tax on any game... More
  • Blog Post: U.S. Justice Sweated Over Brown v. EMA Ruling

    The recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down the California law (Brown v. EMA) that would have banned the sale of violent video games to minors left a lot of gamers and industry professionals breathing a little easier. However, the Supreme Courts Decision wasn’t an easy one. Justice Elena Kagan... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sued Over Kinect

    Impulse Technology says it created the technology first, and the company would like the courts to do something about it. The Ohio-based firm claims that Microsoft's motion tracking sensor violates seven of its patents, include those that cover a "wide variety of games where the movement of a... More
  • Blog Post: Utah Game Law Won't Go Forward

    In the first days after the landmark Supreme Court decision on Brown v. EMA, the legislator behind a similar Utah law is backing down. Salt Lake City-based Deseret News is reporting one of the first follow-ups on the recent Supreme Court ruling. There, Republican State Representative Michael Morley has... More
  • Blog Post: Study: Violent Video Games Linked To Decreasing Crime Rates

    A recent study indicates that video games may be keeping young Americans from committing crime, even when those games are particularly violent. Several laboratory studies and analyses have focused on the possible ways in which exposure to violent video games can increase aggressive impulse in young people... More
  • Blog Post: Supreme Court Video Game Case Likely Decided This Week

    This may be the biggest week in video game news, but it's also likely to have the biggest legal decision about video games in U.S. history. As if the video game world didn't have enough to discuss this week, there is a high likelihood that the long-awaited Supreme Court decision regarding Brown... More
  • Blog Post: The Terminator Removed From Supreme Court Case

    The whole industry is still eagerly awaiting a ruling on the ESA’s case before the United State Supreme Court regarding a 2005 California video game law. However, as time has marched on, California acquired a new Governor, and this has lead to a change in how the case will be referenced. When the... More
  • Blog Post: Games (Sort Of) Win In San Francisco Violent Video Game Bill Debate

    This past week, San Francisco's Commonwealth Club hosted a debate on an industry hot topic that is currently awaiting an official Supreme Court decision -- should the sale of violent video games be restricted? The good news for gamers is that all three panelists at the event reached the conclusion... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox Modder's Day In Court Delayed

    The judge had some choice words for the prosecution trying to convict a California man for modifying consoles. Things aren't looking good for the prosecution as they begin their case against Matthew Crippen, the man accussed of breaking anti-circumvention rules in the Digital Millenium Copyright... More
  • Blog Post: ECA Supreme Court Rally In Action

    Video game supporters gathered in front of the Supreme Court early this month to make their voices heard, and the ECA recorded the proceedings in this video. If you've been following the drama surrounding the recent Supreme Court case between California and the ESA, you may be interested in this... More
  • Blog Post: Supreme Court Case Transcript

    The recent arguments before the Supreme Court can now be read in their entirety. A long standing tradition has kept cameras out of the Supreme Court, but that doesn't mean you can't get the exact details of what was said. The Supreme Court's website has been updated with a downloadable transcript... More
  • Blog Post: Second Guessing The Supreme Court

    A day before the issue of video game violence goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, what do we know about how the case will be decided? Gamasutra has an excellent and informative article up today regarding the upcoming Supreme Court case; oral arguments begin tomorrow in the most important video game legislation... More
  • Blog Post: Grand Theft Childhood Author Weighs In On Supreme Court Case

    Professor Cheryl K. Olson has some astute observations on how California's law may backfire if it survives the November 2nd Supreme Court case. Industry Gamers has a fascinating article up in which Cheryl K. Olson, author of 2008's Grand Theft Childhood , speaks about the potential problems presented... More
  • Blog Post: Federal Court Hates On Used Software Sales

    The 9th Circuit of Appeals ruled in favor of Autodesk in its lawsuit against Timothy Vernor, saying that Autodesk has the right to limit second-hand sales of its software per its licensing agreements. Vernor's case centered on the application of the first-sale doctrine, which is a century-old legal... More
  • Blog Post: Video Games Get Their Day In Court

    The 2005 California law that would have restricted violent video game sales to minors has ascended through the appeals process, and will go before the U.S. Supreme Court on November 2nd. The law has been overturned by two lower courts, and the Supreme Court will offer the final word on its legality.... More
  • Blog Post: Getting The Legal Lowdown On Yesterday's Lawsuits

    Yesterday was a big day for video game lawsuits. Uniloc started suing Sony and Activision for copyright infringement . Six thousand players are suing Electronic Arts for using their unauthorized likenesses in Madden NFL 09. And Microsoft won its patent infringement suit regarding Xbox Live service. It’s... More
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