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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

'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

Before The ‘Elite Strike Force,’ Rudy Giuliani Did Some Black Ops Work

Rudy was ready for his close-up in 2014.
Tags: Video Games, Law, Government, Rudy, First Amendment, Rudy Giuliani, Trivia Question of the Day

Workers at Montreal-based video-game studio Ubisoft were forced to flee to the roof in a potential hostage situation that turned out to be a hoax

Ubisoft's main office in Montreal, Quebec. Eric Thomas/AFP via Getty Images Police responded to the video-game studio Ubisoft in Montreal on Friday afternoon, Le Journal de Montreal reported. Reports had described it as a potential hostage situation, but it turned out to be a hoax. Police officers surrounded the building on Saint-Laurent Boulevard in the Mile End neighborhood. A live news feed showed employees on the roof. A representative of the Montreal police service told Business ...
Tags: Gaming, Crime, News, Video Games, Law, Police, Trends, Canada, Hostage, Ubisoft, Montreal, Montreal Quebec, Assassin, Eric Thomas, Saint Laurent Boulevard, Ben Gilbert

Workers at Montreal-based video game studio Ubisoft were forced to flee to the roof in potential hostage situation

Ubisoft's main office in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Eric Thomas/AFP via Getty Images A potential hostage situation at the video game studio Ubisoft in Montreal was ongoing on Friday afternoon, Le Journal de Montreal reports. Police surrounded the building Saint-Laurent Boulevard in the Montreal neighborhood of Mile End. A live news feed showed employees on the roof. "We are verifying that there is a police operation going on, but we aren't confirming a hostage situation," a representat...
Tags: Gaming, Crime, News, Video Games, Law, Police, Trends, Canada, Hostage, Ubisoft, Montreal, Montreal Canada, Assassin, Saint Laurent Boulevard, Ben Gilbert, Mile End

"Is the joke that... the young woman doesn’t realise the interviewer does not have the same interests as she does and is asking sarcastic questions?"

I honestly don’t understand how this is funny. Is the joke that the interviewer doesn’t like the same things the young woman does? Or that the young woman doesn’t realise the interviewer does not have the same interests as she does and is asking sarcastic questions?— Andy Young (@andyryoung) September 9, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Comedy, Kim Kardashian, Video Games, Law, Sarcasm, Ann Althouse, Andy Young

"The Week Old Hollywood Finally, Actually Died/The streaming services are in charge, and bringing a ruthless new culture with them."

A NYT article by Ben Smith.[O]n Aug. 7...  WarnerMedia abruptly eliminated the jobs of hundreds of employees, emptying the executive suite at the once-great studio that built Hollywood.... In a series of brisk video calls, executives who imagined they were studio eminences were reminded that they work — or used to work — at the video division of a phone company. The chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, Bob Greenblatt, learned that he’d been fired the morning of the day the news broke.... Jeffr...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, TV, Hollywood, Movies, Video Games, Law, Netflix, Ben Smith, Jason Kilar, Bob Greenblatt, Casey Bloys, AT T U Verse, Ann Althouse, Jeffrey Schlesinger, WarnerMedia

Epic Games sues Apple, antitrust lawsuit says App Store is a monopoly

Epic Games has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple that argues the App Store is a monopoly. Epic is asking for no damages -— that's, no money — but instead, injunctive relief that would force Cupertino to "allow fair competition." In the lawsuit, Epic claims that Google forced OnePlus to break off a deal in which a special Fortnite launcher would come preinstalled on OnePlus phones, reports Jay Peters at The Verge. [via Techmeme]
Tags: Apple, Google, Post, Business, Games, Technology, News, Video Games, Law, Tech News, Lawsuits, Antitrust, Cupertino, Fortnite, TechMeme, Jay Peters

Shoes... ghosts....

mf’r just glued some pac man ghosts — [email protected] (@TheGlare_TM) August 9, 2020 For reference:I have a Biblical theme this morning, but are there any shoes in the Bible? The closest I come is Ephesians 6:14-16:Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fie...
Tags: Video Games, Law, Shoes, Bible, Kanye West, Christianity, Ghost, Ann Althouse

Senate Bill Could Mean Game Over For Microtransactions And Loot Boxes

It's possible that the public will do a better and faster job at fixing the problem.
Tags: Video Games, Law, Senate, Microtransactions, Steven Chung

Republican Finally Proposes Non-Idiotic Video Game Law For First Time In Recorded History

This is also the first non-stupid law to be proposed by the Republican Senate in a while.
Tags: Video Games, Law, Government, Republican Senate, Gambling / Gaming, Loot Boxes

"HOOHA may appear in the dictionary with the definition that you see in the clue..."

"... but I can tell you that is not how that 'word' exists in most people's minds in 2019. I wanted HOOPLA and honestly considered the possibility that I'd have to cram two letters into one box somewhere in there."Writes Rex Parker about today's NYT crossword, which clued "hooha" as "Big to-do." Anyway... my dictionary, the unlinkable OED, defines "hooha" with one meaning only, "A commotion, a rumpus, a row." Historical examples include:1931 Punch 14 Oct. 402/1 The devil of a hoo-ha in the p...
Tags: Video Games, Law, Puzzles, Slang, Eliot, Hoo, Ann Althouse, Genitalia, OED, Shute, Rex Parker, T.S. Eliot, Hoo Hoo Hoo, Diddy Kong

"[Griffin] Spikoski’s parents told filmmakers that they decided to remove their son from high school as his dedication to gaming deepened."

"With his notoriety increasing... Spikoski struggled to manage two worlds — and two personalities — that felt increasingly divergent. In person, Spikoski is shy and anxious. In the virtual world, he is confident, playful and mischievous. 'I think he made it through three days of high school and he had issues every day that he was there — either being distracted in class because people wanted his attention or feeling like he had to be Sceptic at school,' Connolly said. Spikoski’s parents said the...
Tags: Education, Video Games, Children, Law, Careers, Connolly, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Griffin -RSB- Spikoski, Spikoski, Griffin Spikoski

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked "Is it OK to still have children?," what did she mean and was she saying something new?

I'm watching this little video snippet:"There’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead, I think, young people, to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?" Ocasio-Cortez said. "Not just financially because people are graduating with 20, 30, $100,000 worth of student loan debt, and so they can’t even afford to have kids and a house, but also just this basic moral question, like, ‘what do we do?’" she continued. "And e...
Tags: Video Games, Law, Advertising, Bob Dylan, Sony, Morality, Motherhood, Aoc, Dylan, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio-Cortez

"A new snack style humankind has been waiting for."

"The idea originated with the observation that customers like the mix of potato chip crumbs and flavored powder left at the bottom of the bag. Some eaters tip the chip bag into their mouths to dump the delectable detritus. 'What we said is, Why don't we make it easier for them to do that?' said Kohei Shimosaka, who led a five-member team of chip designers to find the optimum configuration.... The research and development finally cooked up a hand-held package with an angled opening... 'With One H...
Tags: Food, Cleaning, Japan, Video Games, Law, Ann Althouse, Kohei Shimosaka, Keisuke Koresawa

The idea that a person who popularizes a dance move owns it.

"A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Russell Horning, aka the Backpack Kid, against a video game company, alleging they breached his copyright for including his signature dance move 'flossing' in their wildly popular game Fortnite," The Guardian reports. "Horning, 16, is credited with popularising 'The Floss', and became famous when he did the dance on Saturday Night Live during a performance by Katy Perry in 2016."I don't know the copyright cases about dancing, but shouldn't the choreographer...
Tags: Video Games, Law, Copyright, Dancing, Katy Perry, Snl, Horning, Ann Althouse, Russell Horning, Fortnite The Guardian

"Fischbach is one of five gamers on this year’s [top 10 YouTube stars] list...."

"It pays to play: Compared with other common YouTube categories, such as scripted comedy or elaborate pranks, gaming clips can be produced and edited quickly; some gamers post new footage daily. More posts mean more viewers, naturally—and more ad dollars. (The going rate for top online talent, Forbes estimates, is about $5 per thousand views.) It helps, too, that the same young viewers who eschew television in favor of YouTube are bonkers for video games. 'Ten to 15 years ago, gaming wasn’t cool...
Tags: Video Games, Law, Youtube, Careers, Drake, Forbes, Fischbach, Ann Althouse, David Huntzinger, Markiplier Jake Paul PewDiePie

Video game elements did not infringe copyright

Plaintiff sued defendant claiming that certain visual elements of defendant’s digital video slot machine game infringed the copyright in elements of plaintiff’s game. Defendant moved for summary judgment on the copyright infringement claims. The court granted the motion. It held that no reasonable factfinder could find the images in defendant’s games to be substantially similar to the protectible expression in plaintiff’s copyrighted material. It found that the games were similar only at...
Tags: Video Games, Law, Copyright, Scenes A Faire, GC2 Inc

"Yes, many video games are violent and frivolous, and the most devoted players still tend to be young and male."

"But the best games reveal a mass cultural medium that has come fully into its own, artistically flourishing in ways that resemble the movie industry during its 20th-century peak and television over the past 20 years. From 'The Searchers' to 'The Godfather,' from 'The Sopranos' to 'The Americans,' what connects these eras, and their most outstanding works, is a shared ambition, a desire to be both grand and granular, telling individual stories against the backdrop of national and cultural identi...
Tags: Video Games, Law, South Park, New York Times, Don, Al Gore, Peter Suderman, Ann Althouse

Telltale Games Sued By Employees It Stabbed In The Back

Employees file class-action suit after sudden layoffs.
Tags: Video Games, Law, Litigators, Telltale Games, Class-Action Lawsuits

Marijuana is "like a cup of coffee in reverse," said Elon Musk. "I like to get things done. I like to be useful."

Quoted in "We're Probably Living in a Simulation, Elon Musk Says" (, which — you can tell by the title — isn't mainly about how Musk appeared to take a big (uninhaled?) puff on a cigar that we're told has been partly filled with marijuana.I click through to this page from Drudge because, having watched the podcast video yesterday,  I really was interested in what he said about the likelihood that our reality is a simulation. Oh, I also got an email from Obama yesterday that had the sub...
Tags: Coffee, Elon Musk, Video Games, Law, Obama, Marijuana, Tesla, Philosophy, Boredom, Cnbc, Musk, Financial Markets, Rogan, Drudge, Ann Althouse, Obama the ex-President

A Twitch In Time: Legal Issues Catch Up With Popular Game-Broadcasting Platform

As Twitch and its broadcasters continue to take over the hearts and minds and screens of people the world over, these legal questions, and others, will continue to foment in ways that dowdy old Super Mario could never have imagined.
Tags: Video Games, Law, Intellectual Property, Twitch, Scott Alan Burroughs

"I've just been trying to get into a little bit of reading. I've got a few books from Camus I want to get to. I always liked his writing style. I want to start cracking away at those."

I've selected these 15 seconds from a 2-hour "Reviewbrah Friday Live Stream and Eating Show!" — in response to a question about what video games he plays:In case you're wondering why this young man has a million subscribers on YouTube, the answer might be he reads... and he reads Camus. So get cracking away. Read your Camus. He's got a good writing style. And maybe you'll pick up some language that will enrich your conversational style and cause a million people to love you. Maybe those million ...
Tags: Video Games, Law, Reading, Conversation, Albert Camus, Speaking, Camus, Ann Althouse, TheReportOfTheWeek

Morning Docket: 06.26.18

* Michael Cohen's lawyers say just a little over 12K of their client's files are privileged. That's out of 4 million... and still seems high. [Law360] * If you thought the Westworld videogame felt suspiciously like Fallout Shelter, so did the makers of Fallout. [BBC] * Online retailers are confused in the post-Wayfair world. They've built algorithms that can guess what you want to purchase before you think of it, but they're totally baffled about tacking 6 percent on a sale heading to Kentucky...
Tags: Supreme Court, Video Games, Law, Kentucky, Court, Bbc, Copyright, Antitrust, Courts, Kansas, Intellectual Property, Amex, Age Discrimination, Tax Law, Trump, Ny Times

"Will it soon be possible... to simulate the feeling of a spirit not attached to any particular physical form using virtual or augmented reality?"

"If so, a good place to start would be to figure out the minimal amount of body we need to feel a sense of self, especially in digital environments where more and more people may find themselves for work or play. It might be as little as a pair of hands and feet...."From "In Virtual Reality, How Much Body Do You Need?/It might be as little as a pair of hands and feet, researchers in Japan found after recording subjects who wore an Oculus Rift headset." (NYT). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Al...
Tags: Psychology, Japan, Technology, Video Games, Law, Ann Althouse

How a 14-year-old Fortnite cheater may rewrite EULA law

A teenager livestreaming a demo of a Fortnite cheat he found online got sued by Epic Games, but the case raises questions about who, if anyone, is legally obligated after he clicked the user agreement required to play the game. (more…)
Tags: Gaming, Post, News, Video Games, Law, Minors, Gamers, Eula, Cheaters, Fortnite

Is It Illegal To Show Others How To Cheat In A Video Game?

Epic Games claims that it is in the company's copyright infringement suit filed against a 14-year-old boy.
Tags: Video Games, Law, Cheating, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Quote Of The Day, Fortnite

Blac Rabbit — Beatles busking in the NYC subway.

It's uncanny. I would be suspicious that they were somehow lip-synching to something recorded if there weren't this whole NYT article about them — "Live in the Subway: Maybe the Best Beatles Cover Band Ever." I'm sure the NYT checked out the authenticity of the effect that seems too good to be true:"Amiri and Rahiem, who grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, are identical twins... They were raised around music. Their grandfather was a jazz musician. Their grandmother played...
Tags: Music, Video Games, Law, Brooklyn, Beatles, Bedford Stuyvesant, Ann Althouse, Far Rockaway Queens, AMIRI, Rahiem

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