Candy Crush Makers Remove a Game Accused of Being a Blatant Copy

In the world of flash games, derivatives vastly outnumber original concepts, so the charge someone copied a game is quite common. But the makers of a Pac-Man-style game in 2009 say they have an email proving that King, the outfit trademarking words like "candy" and "saga," ordered a developer to directly copy their work. » 1/25/14 2:00pm 1/25/14 2:00pm

YouTube's Copyright Crackdown: Everything You Need To Know

We're in the second week of a YouTube copyright enforcement crackdown whose most visible effects have been on the video gaming community. Each day turns up a new example of a video getting thrown in YouTube jail on a ridiculous technicality. The situation seems to defy common sense, but we'll try to explain it in… » 12/18/13 5:00pm 12/18/13 5:00pm

Game Critic Says YouTube Copyright Policy Threatens His Livelihood…

Three of "Angry Joe" Vargas' 10 most-viewed videos on YouTube, and dozens of others, have been flagged by YouTube's controversial "content ID" system, meaning the independent games critic and personality can't earn any advertising money from them. Last night, Angry Joe responded, very much in character. » 12/12/13 3:30pm 12/12/13 3:30pm

YouTube Copyright Chaos Continues. Game Publishers To The Rescue?

Many gamers who upload footage of video games to YouTube are still getting troubling "content ID" matches that threaten to upend YouTube's gaming content as we know it. But on day three of this controversy, some game publishers appear to be taking steps to help these gamers out. » 12/11/13 9:30pm 12/11/13 9:30pm

YouTube Channels Crippled By Copyright Claims

Numerous video game-related YouTube personalities have spent the last day digging through piles of copyright claims suddenly filling their inboxes, claims that they say are messing with their ability to produce and profit from videos they post online. » 12/10/13 8:00pm 12/10/13 8:00pm

Square Enix Puts 3D-Printed Final Fantasy Figures Out of Business

Square Enix consistently protects its trademarks and copyrights. And still people consistently use them without permission. So it's perhaps not a surprise that an artist selling a Final Fantasy action figure series was shut down when Square's lawyers told his 3D printer to cease and, yes, desist. » 8/17/13 6:00pm 8/17/13 6:00pm

This is 300 Heroes, The Most Incredible League Of Legends Clone

Last month, Luke brought us this little nugget of gold from the interwebs called 300 Heroes—a shameless League of Legends clone that offers users a chance to play as "over 300" different heroes from various intellectual properties. Despite the fact that it's such a terrible case of copyright infringement and possible… » 7/22/13 7:00am 7/22/13 7:00am

Protesting Piracy in China with...Blow-Up Dolls

Late last week at Peking University in Beijing, China, men wearing skimpy underwear and carrying inflatable friends streaked the university's north campus and tried to jump into Weiming Lake. Then, university security showed up. That's when all hell broke loose. » 6/16/13 12:30am 6/16/13 12:30am

The Number Of Pirates Arrested In Japan Since October Might Surprise…

Well, it's been 3 months since Japan's own version of SOPA was passed. For those unfamiliar or cannot be bothered to research: in October, the copying of copy-protected and encoded materials, the sale of software and hardware that circumvents copy or access protection, and the intentional download of illegally… » 1/17/13 7:00am 1/17/13 7:00am

Bronies Shut Down Their My Little Pony MMO, Blaming Copyright Law

You had to figure this wouldn't last. Though some publishers have been willing to strike agreements that allow fan projects to go forward, provided no one sells anything from them, many more don't have the time or the interest in maintaining and monitoring those relationships. » 12/08/12 3:00pm 12/08/12 3:00pm