Countdown: The 5 Most Influential Video Game Lawsuits of 2012, Gate Five LLC v. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Gate Five LLC v. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Continuing our discussion of influential video game lawsuits (see part one here), we consider Gate Five LLC v. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, which pits a small video game developer against superstar power.
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West and Zampella v. Activision
The video game industry isn’t a cult fad anymore. It’s a multi-billion worldwide enterprise, and along with its success comes legal risk to those who create and deliver the games that feed this ever-growing, ever-changing industry. As we enter a New Year, it’s important to learn whatever lessons we can from the noteworthy video game conflicts of 2012.
So here's number 5: West and Zampella v. Activision, which began in 2010 and finally settled this year.
Unfortunately, the promise does little to address the underlying issue of intellectual property ownership and the exploitation of user data across all social media. Here's what Mr. Systrom promised:
Instagram, the popular photo-posting site, was acquired for $1 billion dollars by Facebook in April 2012, and now throngs of users believe their new, updated user policy is an intrusive land-grab of valuable intellectual property rights. Instagram has pledged to remove offensive language, but the trust users have placed in the social media super-power are shaken nonetheless. Unfortunately, Instagram’s move is nothing new in the world of social media.
Dan Rogers is a practicing attorney within the video game and digital media industries. He’s also the author of several articles on the video game industry, technology, and digital law.