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Class Action Suit Filed Against Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard is facing a lawsuit from many frustrated users, lead by one Benjamin Bell, claiming that Blizzard has been using “deceptively and unfairly” methods to acquire an alleged $26 million from consumers. The complaint specifically refers to the $6.50 Authenticator that Blizzard sells, but Bell claims that
“Defendants negligently, deliberately, and/or recklessly fail to ensure that adequate, reasonable procedures safeguard the private information stored on this website. As a result of these acts, the private information of plaintiffs and class members has been compromised and/or stolen since at least 2007…”
“Most recently, on or about May 19, 2012, reports proliferated that class members’ Battle.net accounts had suffered a security breach (‘hack’) at the hands of unknown parties (‘hackers’), and on or about August 4, 2012, hackers massively breached Battle.net’s security and acquired the private information of all of defendants’ customers in the United States, as well as the remainder of North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.”
Bell is charging for a class action seeking charges on consumer fraud, unjust enrichment, negligence, breach of contract and bailment, saying that Blizzard did not adequately inform or protect clients from breaches and for “tacking on” costs post-purchase of the game to protect the user’s personal information.
Blizzard responded to IGN with an e-mail with a statement (which can be read after the break).
EA Sues Zynga Over The Ville, Claims Copyright Infringement
Maxis has decided to pursue a lawsuit against Zynga, claiming that its new game The Ville goes beyond “inspired by” and outright steals the style of their own The Sims Social title. The Ville was announced in June of this year, and allowed creators to create a character and invest in a house and career for themselves.
EU Rules You Can Sell Downloaded Games
If you’re a European citizen, you now have the right to sell copies of downloaded or digital games. According to the Court of Justice of the European Union, publishers cannot prevent you from selling your licenses to the digital content you downloaded after you have paid for them, allowing you to resell your license at your leisure as though you own said content. Even if you agreed to a different set of rules, publishers cannot stop you from re-selling this content, as exclusive right of distribution of digital content is “exhausted on its first sale”.
There is one catch, however. When you sell your digital data, you must erase your license as well.
The ruling suggests that if you’ve bought a license for a game off your mate, you’re within your rights to download it from the publisher’s website. “Therefore the new acquirer of the user licence, such as a customer of UsedSoft, may, as a lawful acquirer of the corrected and updated copy of the computer program concerned, download that copy from the copyright holder’s website,” the Court said.
Whether or not major game publishers will be changing their European terms of service or other legal digital matters has yet to be seen, but we can be sure to see a new avenue emerge for digital distribution soon.
Matthew Crippen was being taken to court for modding Xbox 360s in California, but the case fell apart after the judge realized the video tape of Crippen may have been obtained in less than legal ways.