Notch has come up with a way that all lawsuits should be settled – a Quake 3 Deathmatch – to decide the outcome of the lawsuit issued by Bethesda’s lawyers.
Writing on his blog, the Minecraft Developer issued the challenge, asking Bethesda to choose three of their finest warriors against Mojang’s rather than the expensive way of in court. If Mojang won, the name of their new game would remain as Scrolls – if Bethesda won, it would be changed to something more Bethesda-Lawyer friendly. He also added at the end he could just add a disclaimer saying that Scrolls had nothing to do with The Elder Scrolls.
Is it wrong that I really, really hope they do this?
(Source: Gamepro )
Yes, I said Guitar Hero 3. Yes. THAT guitar Hero 3. The old Guitar Hero that everybody has long since forgotten about! The Guns and Roses lead Axl Rose is filing a lawsuit against the developers of Guitar Hero 3, stating that they violated a contractual agreement by including Slash as a character and offering Velvet Revolver songs as downloadable content.
Apparently, the developers fell under a contract that by having Slash as a character and offering certain songs has somehow made a connection between his prior involvement with Guns and Roses, and helps to bring more profit to the Velvet Revolver band, when the contract explicitly stated that only “Welcome to the Jungle” would be permitted. In lawyer-speak: The contact breaking “exploits the prior association between Slash and Guns N’ Roses, promotes Slash’s and VR’s (Velvet Revolver) separate interests and includes VR tracks as available downloads, all of which was and is directly contrary to the contractual obligations of Defendants…,”
So now they’re bringing up the issue several years after the game has been offering said services. Makes me wonder what the legal department of the music industry is doing to ignore such a blatantly obvious contract break.
Remember those couple hundred bans that got handed out over at BattleNet earlier this month? Looks like the guys behind the hacking design are getting a lawsuit filed against them in a Los Angeles State Court from Blizzard [a similar WOW related lawsuit brought nearly 6 million dollars in damages] for creating, distributing and selling Starcraft II hacks.
Blizzard states that the hackers “cause[d] serious harm to the value of StarCraft II,” by limiting the ability “to enjoy and participate in the competitive online experience.”
Personally, this is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard of.
Just taking the profits from the hacks and redistributing it to Blizzard as damages, as well as confiscating any and all hardware/software and permanently banning them from buying/playing any future Blizzard games could have solved this. A lawsuit, which can potentially ruin/destroy these 3 lives [financially/socially/legally] is far overreaching what needed to happen. While I don’t feel sorry for them [they obviously knew what they were doing is wrong], I do feel like they’re getting a raw end of the deal.