In a major upset, many individuals who stream on Twitch woke up on October 20 to discover that Twitch deleted a wave of videos due to copyright claims, without any option to challenge/dispute the claims, nor any indication of what videos were claimed to be infringing or even what part of the video was infringing. Without giving them any voice before the mass ban took place, many streamers are justifiably upset with losing countless hours of work, and view this as Twitch burning its user base in order to appease the music industry. Click on this article link to learn more.
Bandai Namco Entertainment has filed a new international trademark application for the mark Tales of Luminaria. The multinational game developer is known for its ‘Tales’ video game series, so the revelation of this new trademark application is making some people question whether this is the name of the next game in the Tales series, and if it is, then what happened to Tales of Arise, which was originally scheduled to release in 2020, but now has an undetermined release date? Click on this article link to learn more.
Fan games have always been a grey area when it comes to copyright issues. In the eyes of those making the fan game, it is a labor of love that took countless hours, in order to produce an homage to a video game series. Video game developers / IP holders don’t look at fan games so fondly, particularly Nintendo, who is once again attempting to shut down another popular fan game based on the Legend of Zelda franchise. Click on this article link to learn more.
Today (September 30), at 12:00pm EST, Congress’ House Committee on the Judiciary is holding a live hearing, where they will discuss the Copyright Office’s Report on the Efficacy of 17 U.S.C. §512 over the past twenty years. The Copyright Office initially released this report on May 21, 2020. If you work primarily online, and regularly deal with the potential for copyright infringement or copyright claims, it would be in your best interest to watch and pay attention to this hearing. Click on this article link to learn more about the nature of this hearing.
Around the beginning of this month, Ubisoft filed two U.S. trademark applications for some upcoming titles announced in its Ubisoft Forward showcase, but hasn’t received as much attention as some other titles featured in the showcase. So today, we’re going to discuss the two trademarks, what they’re for, and any video games that might relate to them. Click on this article link to learn more.
Nintendo of Japan seems to be on a roll with a consistent stream of trademark applications. This next set of trademark applications makes it the fourth consecutive week of Nintendo trademarks published in Japan. Is it time to “catch ‘em all” again, or is this fanbase catching a case prematurely? Click on this article link to learn more.
Cody Rhodes, second-generation American professional wrestler for the WWE, is attempting to trademark the moniker of former professional wrestler, and his late father, Dusty Rhodes. However, the review of his trademark application isn’t going too well for Rhodes. What are the issues that he’s facing in this application? Click on this article link to learn more.
Dr. Dre’s estranged wife, Nicole Young, has claimed in a new lawsuit surrounding their rocky divorce, that she co-owns certain trademarks, and that Dre (born Andre Young) has ‘secretly’ transferred “valuable trademarks” to a new holding company, without her “knowledge or consent.” Click on this article link to learn more.
Nintendo of Japan has filed 8 applications for some new Japanese trademarks, and most of these applications are for things that you may have already heard of, especially in light of the major announcements Nintendo has made around the beginning of this month. Click on this article link to see what these international trademarks are and to learn more about each of them.
Last week Thursday, Ubisoft did a virtual update of one of its upcoming video game titles, Gods & Monsters. However, along with visual and gameplay updates, the game also got a major update in the form of a change in the name of the game altogether, now being renamed as Immortals: Fenyx (pronounced ‘phoenix’) Rising. With so many people liking the old title, why would Ubisoft suddenly change the game’s name? Click on this article link to learn more.