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At its heart, the legal spat between Apple and 'Fortnite' maker Epic Games is about whether or not the iPhone is a computer

Epic Games Apple and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games are fighting in court over how the App Store works. Lawyers for the two companies presented their opening remarks on Monday, which laid out their cases. At the heart of the fight is a fundamental disagreement on whether or not the iPhone is a computer. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games just kicked off a legal battle that could have major implications for the future of the App Store...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Gaming, Video Games, Law, Trends, Epic, Tim Cook, App Store, Sundar Pichai, Epic Games, Moore, Forrest, Tim Sweeney


Apple and the maker of 'Fortnite' are facing off in an epic legal battle. Here's what the companies are fighting about and what to expect in the courtroom.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right. Apple/Rachel Luna/Stringer "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is suing Apple, and the court proceedings start this week in California. Epic says Apple's App Store is a monopoly. Apple says Epic broke its developer contract. As a result of the legal spat, "Fortnite" was kicked off Apple's iPhone and iPad last year. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" are going to battle in...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Gaming, Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, California, Trends, Smartphones, Epic, Tim Cook


Read the 2 a.m. declaration of war Apple CEO Tim Cook got from the billionaire CEO behind 'Fortnite' before the companies head to court this week

Apple CEO Tim Cook in Austin, Texas, on November 20, 2019. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images The upcoming legal battle between Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" was sparked by a 2 a.m. email. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sent a 2 a.m. email on August 13 to Apple CEO Tim Cook and other execs. "Epic will no longer adhere to Apple's payment processing restrictions," Sweeney said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games are going to court...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gaming, Cook, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, Trends, Epic, Tim Cook, Lawsuits, App Store, Epic Games, Apple App Store, Unreal Engine, Sweeney


When Can Plaintiffs Serve Process Via Online Methods? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This post recaps three recent decisions dealing with service of process via alternative means (e.g., email or social media). The rulings arise in different contexts so they are useful illustrations of how courts deal with alternative service under different rules. The Noco Co v. Zhe ji ang Ouingyou Electronic Commerce Co. : This is a patent infringement case brought by The Noco Company against foreign sellers who allegedly sold infringing products via Amazon’s platform. Noco sought leave to ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Texas, General, Law, California, Russia, Ukraine, United States, Ohio, Department Of Justice, Kuwait, Shenzhen, Epic Games, Chang, Legislature


'Fortnite' maker Epic Games is getting help from another deep-pocketed tech giant in its ongoing legal fight with Apple: Facebook is joining the fray

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right. AP; Francois Mori/AP Facebook is throwing its support behind "Fortnite" maker Epic Games in its ongoing legal spat with Apple, the company announced this week. "Facebook is committed to providing relevant information in the Epic Games litigation regarding how Apple's policies have adversely impacted Facebook and the people and businesses who use our services," Facebook said. On August 13, the wildly popular game "Fortnite" ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Lawsuit, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, Trends, Ap, Epic, Tim Cook, Lawsuits, App Store


Fortnite Defeats Another Lawsuit Over Emote Dance Moves–Brantley v. Epic Games

This case involves the “Running Man” dance, a 2016 fad. (Note: the dance is not the same as the old-skool Running Man dance move, a 1980s classic that I’ve attempted on occasion). A viral video of people doing a “Running Man Challenge” was featured on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show. Fortnite added and sold an emote of the Running Man dance. The plaintiffs, Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens, acknowledged on the Ellen show that they copied the dance from someone else. Nevertheless, they claim they p...
Tags: Law, Copyright, Epic, Ellen, Trademark, Ellen Degeneres, Epic Games, Activision, Pellegrino, Jaylen Brantley, Brantley, Epic Games Inc, Dastar, Jared Nickens, Nickens, Pellegrino Solid Oak Sketches


Videogame Can Replicate Musician’s “Signature Move” (Unless It’s a False Endorsement, Which It Isn’t)–Pellegrino v. Epic Games

Pellegrino is a saxophone player with “externally rotatable feet,” which has helped him develop a nifty “signature” dance move while playing. The videogame Fortnite sells “emotes,” optional customizations for players’ digital avatars. Pellegrino alleges that the “Phone It In” emote depicts his signature dance move. Pellegrino sued Fortnite for a variety of claims. The court dismisses all of them, with prejudice, except for the false endorsement claim (which will fail later). Publicity/Privacy R...
Tags: Law, Copyright, Epic, Trademark, Epic Games, Pellegrino, Publicity/Privacy Rights, Epic Games Inc, Dastar, Fortnite, Signature Move


Do The Hustle? A Cautionary Tale of Copyright, Choreography, And ‘The Carlton’

Copyrightability of choreographic works should arguably not be as limited as the Copyright Office claims.
Tags: Law, Copyright, Dancing, Intellectual Property, Carlton, Epic Games, Alfonso Ribeiro, Copyright Office, Take-two Interactive, Tom Kulik, The Carlton


Dance With The One That Brought You: Fortnite Seeks To Sashay Around Copyright Claim

Epic invokes California’s anti-SLAPP statute to argue that its theft of 2 Milly’s dance was 'free speech.'
Tags: Law, California, Copyright, Dancing, Intellectual Property, Epic Games, Milly Rock, Fortnite, 2 Milly, Scott Alan Burroughs, Anti-slapp


“Backpack Kid” Suing Fortnite Over A Dance Too

Seems every “celebrity” wants a piece out of Fortnite now, as Alfonso Ribeiro is no longer the only individual suing Epic Games as the so-called “Backpack Kid” is now suing over the battle royale stealing his “floss” dance. 16-year-old Russell Horning (who has also been given the nickname “Backpack Kid”) revealed that it was not […]
Tags: Games, Crime, Law, Dancing, Courts, Anime, Litigation, Epic Games, Alfonso Ribeiro, Fortnite, Russell Horning


Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro Sues Over Fortnite Dance

Alfonso Ribeiro (known for portraying beloved character Carlton Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) is suing Fortnite developer Epic Games over the use of his iconic televised dance. The newly filed lawsuit involves the “Fresh” emote added to Fortnite on the 2nd of January, 2018 that the celebrity claims uses an exact copy of the […]
Tags: Games, Celebrities, Law, Courts, Anime, Litigation, Epic Games, Alfonso Ribeiro, Bel Air, Carlton Banks, Fortnite




YouTuber Sued For Cheating In Fortnite

A popular YouTube gamer is being sued by Epic Games for cheating in Fortnite, as well as distributing cheats. YouTube “star” Golden Modz (real name: Brandon Lucas), whose videos largely seem to consist of making young children cry by cheating in online games, is being sued for promoting and distributing cheating software for Fortnite. According […]
Tags: Games, Law, Youtube, Cheating, Hacking, Hackers, Anime, Mods, Epic Games, Fortnite, Golden Modz, Brandon Lucas


Fortnite’s Trademark Filing Royale

Fortnite is a veritable gold mine of potential trademark filings, so it's interesting to see which marks Epic Games is acquiring IP rights on.
Tags: Law, Intellectual Property, Epic Games, Trademarks, Gaston Kroub, Fortnite



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