Jailed motorist didn't have a license
Used and abused
A strange story started circulating on Polygon overnight involving a man who attempted to resell a sealed copy of The Evil Within 2 as a “new” product on Amazon Marketplace. Bethesda’s law firm Vorys took issue with the listing, and threatened legal action against the individual. The company’s view is that there’s no way to...
Remember when you could install Linux on a PlayStation 3? If you answered "vaguely" to the previous question, then you may be eligible to compensation – well, $9 to be precise. For the past six years, Sony's been battling a class action lawsuit, which proposed that the platform holder wronged up to 10 million owners by removing the 'OtherOS'...
Believe in better
The primary satellite service in the UK is provided by Sky, a pan-European broadcasting firm founded by none other than Rupert Murdoch. And for the past three years, Hello Games has secretly been locked in a trademark dispute with the billion pound firm over the word, well, "Sky". That dispute, according to gaffer Sean Murray, is...
Company tries to trademark YouTube term
Sony, why?! The early success of the PlayStation 4 can be assigned to the feel-good factor that the Japanese giant built around the format: the gamer-centric marketing, the agreeable policies, the Jack Tretton smackdown – so why the heck is the company jeapordising that by trying to trademark the popular...
The drunk Jade Raymond gaffe aside, Geoff Keighley's seemingly reckless swipe at Konami was the best moment of The Game Awards 2015. Shortly after Kiefer Sutherland took to the stage to collect an award on the behalf of Hideo Kojima, the Canadian host announced that lawyers had prevented the video game veteran from attending the show. We...
Jailed motorist didn't have a license
A 24-year-old man who took police on a 100mph pursuit through Lincolnshire has admitted that he learned to drive on a PlayStation. Adam Jones crashed his way through Grantham like he was playing Burnout Paradise, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage along the way. It was subsequently revealed that he...
Robber tries to run away with system down his trousers
West Palm Beach resident Christopher Caldwell tried to smuggle a PlayStation 4 console out of a Wal-Mart store in his pants – but was caught by police with his trousers down. The 36-year-old squeezed the six pound system next to his crown jewels, and then subsequently tried to pile a couple...
Lessons have been learned, apparently
BBC's long-running consumer rights programme Watchdog took PlayStation to task as part of its latest episode this evening, reporting on two cases in which fraudulent account charges had left customers out of pocket. The first, regarding John Lappin's inability to obtain a refund for a game that he never...
The weakest link
Sony's no stranger to Watchdog, the BBC consumer awareness show that's been running in the UK for over 30 years. One legendary report saw the PlayStation 3 taken to task following the yellow light of death scandal, but it's the PlayStation Network that will be subject to an Anne Robinson-fronted grilling in tonight's episode. The...
BBC's planned television drama, currently titled Game Changer, is about the controversy surrounding Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series. The plot follows the long dispute between Sam Houser, Rockstar's president, and Jack Thompson, the outspoken lawyer and critic who says that video games cause real world violence. Rockstar has now...
Law and order
We live in a world where games can be taken to court for their graphics not being good enough, and Killzone: Shadow Fall is one such release. Those of you with sharp memories may recall the Guerrilla Games developed PlayStation 4 exclusive being sued to the tune of $5 million because its multiplayer employed a "temporal upsc
Fool me once, shame on you
Remember when Sony was found guilty of a deceptive PlayStation Vita marketing campaign? The commercials talked up the possibilities of cross-save, and failed to include any disclaimers, leaving the firm in a legal tussle. It lost, and now anyone who bought the portable before 1st June, 2012 is entitled to compensation...
Seeking a resolution
As if Sony’s lawyers haven’t already got their hands full with hack attacks, a judge has ruled that pending litigation regarding the misrepresentation of PlayStation 4 exclusive Killzone: Shadow Fall’s resolution can go to court. Those of you with sharp memories will recall one individual suing the platform holder
Never stop paying
You may recall that a few years back, Sony was embroiled in a legal minefield over its marketing of the PlayStation Vita. If you're interested, and have a head for legal mumbo-jumbo, you can take a look at the US Federal Trade Commission's original charges through here. For the rest of you, though, the basic gist is that the...
Well, this is a story which keeps getting more and more interesting. You may remember reading about Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit against Rockstar earlier in the year. The actress had picked up on an unflattering likeness in the form of Grand Theft Auto V character Lacey Jonas, and decided to take legal action. The diva, who is found...
You're Kellan us here
Killzone: Shadow Fall may not be the best game on the PlayStation 4, but it undoubtedly ranks among the best looking. It seems that not everyone’s quite so keen on the first-person shooter’s uber-clean depiction of the future, however, as Sony is being sued over the next-gen exclusive’s graphics. Only in America, huh?...
You may get a free game out of it
Few could forget the infamous PlayStation Network hack. It was a time of sorrow, solitary gaming, and some serious FUD from major publications. And it’s a story that’s still running to this very day, as Sony has just agreed to settle a $15 million class action lawsuit – which could net you a free game if you...
When she’s not in court and covering classic Stevie Nicks songs, Mean Girls lead Lindsay Lohan is apparently keeping herself busy by pursuing the billion dollar success of Grand Theft Auto V. As rumoured over six months ago, the child star turned jail bird has called in her attorney regarding the por
Earlier this week, on the day of the big E3 press conferences, critically acclaimed (and personal favourite of ours) game composer Austin Wintory released a video detailing some of the troubles that he may be facing from his own union. You may have heard his name thanks to his work on the superb Journey, or flOw, or any number of his...
Think of the children
Considering director David Cage’s penchant for the odd shower scene, it was always inevitable that someone figured out how to strip Beyond: Two Souls protagonist Jodie Holmes down to her birthday suit. While the recent release's customary cleaning sequence is tastefully handled in the main campaign, one debug-owning video...
One rapper wants the game recalled
Grand Theft Auto V has proven a critical and commercial success beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. Not only is the open world epic flaunting a 97 rating on Metacritic, but it’s also raking in revenue at a record breaking rate. In spite of its achievements, though, not everyone is particularly pleased with the g
Chunk of change
Remember when the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK fined Sony a whopping £250,000 for the PlayStation Network hack in 2011? At the time, the platform holder said that it planned to fight the charges – but it’s since dropped the case, meaning that the firm will be forced to cough up the extortionate sum. "After...
The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog has been forced to apologise to the creator of a map which appears in the critically-acclaimed survival horror epic. The angered (but now satisfied) party is cartographer Cameron Booth, who created a map of the Boston Subway system which was subsequently used in PS3 game. Below is the image taken...
Gee gee, baby
After being shut down last June due to a legal loophole, the PlayStation Store will finally reopen its doors for business on the PlayStation 3 in South Korea from 16th May. The service was originally closed due to a new legislation that made it illegal for users under the age of 18 to verify online accounts with their real name or age...
Blood, sweat, and tiny pants
While the majority of THQ’s franchises found new homes yesterday, there’s still been no official word on the future of the WWE license. Early rumours suggested that EA had picked up the lucrative contract, but that’s been countered by an IGN report which claims that Take Two made a last minute bid for the series...
Chunk of change
If you thought (or wished) that you’d heard the last of 2011’s infamous PlayStation Network outage, then think again. A UK government body responsible for investigating the hack has issued the platform holder with a £250,000 ($395k) fine, describing the attack as a “serious breach of the Data Protection Act”. The...
It only does settlements
Remember the hullabaloo surrounding Kevin Butler late last year? It emerged that Sony was suing the character’s actor Jerry Lambert after he appeared in a Bridgestone commercial playing on a Nintendo Wii. At the time, the platform holder claimed that the advertisement caused “confusion in the market and damage to...
Open your cheque book
Ever since creditors complained about THQ's quick sale to equity firm Clearlake Capital, things have gone from bad to worse for the embattled publisher. What initially seemed like a crafty way of protecting the company as on ongoing concern has quickly transformed into a bidding war for the firm’s most valuable assets – and...
Who fancies some serious legal mumbo jumbo before bed? THQ’s attempt at a quick sale to equity firm Clearlake Capital has been blocked following complaints from irked creditors. Earlier this week, the miffed parties noted that the proposed takeover had been purposely designed to minimise disruption, rather than maximise debt...
Justice at last
Last year’s PlayStation Network hack proved a torrid time for Sony’s platform – but it was worsened by the knee-jerk reactions from some corners of the press. Cast your minds back to the hazy days of April 2011, and you’ll recall headlines regarding credit card fraud, identity theft, and more. In reality, while there was no...
Shades of grey
The controversial Bridgestone commercial featuring Kevin Butler actor Jerry Lambert was aired three days after the star’s contract with Sony expired, according to a story on the Hollywood Reporter. However, the performer was bound by an “exclusivity clause” that prevented Lambert from providing his services to competing video...
VP of Legal
Sony has responded to reports claiming that it is suing Bridgestone and advertising agency Wildcat Creek over a commercial starring Jerry Lambert – the actor famous for portraying Kevin Butler in a slew of different PlayStation commercials. In a comment released to VentureBeat, the publisher’s senior director of corporate...
Switch off Match of the Day and replace that cup of cocoa for something stronger, because things are really heating up online. A handful of court documents have revealed that Sony is in the process of suing Bridgestone and advertising agency Wildcat Creek – which just so happens to be managed by Jerry Lambert, the actor best known...
Joining an ever-growing list of musicians in palpable discontentment over Activision's Band Hero, Maroon 5 front Adam Levine has chosen to pursue legal action against industry scapegoat Activision
As has been the case with previous detractors of Band Hero (and its basis, Guitar Hero), Levine is incensed over his in-game avatar's ability to perform songs written and otherwise performed by other..
Despite multiple statements of innocence by the unnamed hacking group, Sony has told the US House Of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce that it has found clues of Anonymous' involvement in the PlayStation Network data breach
In a written letter to congress, SCE president Kazuo Hirai revealed that the platform holder had fallen subject to a...
21-year old Canadian, Natasha Maksimovic, is currently enjoying her moment in the spotlight
She has filed a $1 billion (Canadian) lawsuit against Sony for the recent PlayStation Network data breach. That's about $1.04 billion USD . The suit was announced earlier this week by a Toronto law firm, with Sony Canada, Sony America and "other Sony...
The little patent disagreement between Sony and LG has been lifted, freeing some 300,000 PlayStation 3s that had previously been seized in Holland
You may remember LG was granted a preliminary injunction against Sony over an infringement on Blu-ray technology, but reports coming out of InsideGamer state that has now been lifted. Latest reports suggested that 300,000 PlayStation 3 consoles had been..
The Guardian's reporting that South Korean electronics manufacturer LG has won an injunction against the PlayStation 3, banning the system from entering European countries for 10 days
A ruling by the civil court of justice in the Hague has called for all PS3s to be confiscated as they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe. The injunction could be extended if LG wins the case..
Korean company LG are not very happy with Sony
In fact, that's an understatement. They're pissed. Really pissed. So much so, they want Sony's PlayStation 3 and Bravia TVs banned in the US. Why? Something to do with Blu-ray patent infringements. According to Eurogamer, LG claims that Sony is infringing four of its patents that relates to "certain electronic devices having a Blu-Ray Disc player..
Remember Erik Estavillo? Dude, acted like a knob on Resistance: Fall Of Man and decided to sue Sony when they banned him
He lost his lawsuit, but now he wants to appeal. GamePolitics reports:Estavillo also filed (on October 14th) a civil lawsuit against SCEA in Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara seeking $180,000. Estavillo tells GP...
When our consoles break we get really frustrated
We agree, it's pretty annoying. But c'mon — do any of us consider starting a class action law suit against the console manufacturers? Hell no. Still, John Kennedy is no average person — for he wants sue Sony for a breach of implied warranty and an act of negligence. His beef? Firmware 3.0. He states that "thousands" of PS3 owners..
Remember Erik - the PSN user who'd acted like a jerk on PSN and then tried to sue Sony when he got banned? Dudes legal proceedings didn't hold much water
Erik Estavillo tried to sue Sony on the basis that following his ban he was being denied services he had paid for. He also came up with some sob story regarding agrophobia. Regardless, the case all...
The BBC's Watchdog report on the Playstation 3's rarely mentioned YLOD hardware "defect" (read: not really a defect at all - Ed) was sloppy at the very best
The report lacked cohesion and facts, serving only as a slanderous piece of uninformed journalism. But the BBC have rushed to the defence of their report.More than 150 Watchdog viewers have contacted us to say they've experienced [the yellow..
The BBC's consumer show Watchdog is to tonight air a damning report on the little known Playstation hardware problem, the "Yellow Light Of Death"
The system error, which has caused some instances of hardware failure in early 60GB Playstation 3s, is the subject of tonight's episode on the BBC. In a seemingly furious response, Sony have documented an enormous 6-page response (which can be read over..
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