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Virtual Legality Episode 228

They’re Suing Who? A Lawyer Looks at Ubisoft's Siege of Google/Apple

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Fans of "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege", Ubisoft's ode to the internal psychological struggles arising out of the complex terrorist/law enforcement relationship, may have found themselves delighted by the release of Ejoy.com's "Area F2", a game which very clearly "took inspiration" from its urban combat loving predecessor.

But where some might see inspiration, Ubisoft sees actionable copyright infringement. For the law may not protect ideas, but it does protect against expressions of those ideas that are "substantially similar" to what came before.

So why didn't Ubisoft sue the creator of the game (or Alibaba, its owner)?

How does suing Apple and Google (the stores that sell the game) make their case that much more difficult to maintain?

And if Ubisoft has a case, just why are there so many clones out there anyway?

With deep pockets come many, many lawyers...in Virtual Legality.

#R6Siege #AF2 #Lawsuit


Discussed in this episode:

"Ubisoft Sues Apple, Google Over Alibaba’s Rainbow Six “Ripoff”"
Bloomberg - May 15, 2020 - Edvard Pettersson
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-16/ubisoft-sues-apple-google-over-alibaba-s-rainbow-six-ripoff

"Ubisoft sues Apple and Google over Rainbow Six: Siege clone"
GameDailyBiz - May 18, 2020 - Sam Desatoff
https://gamedaily.biz/article/1745/ubisoft-sues-apple-and-google-over-rainbow-six-siege-clone

Alibaba Group Website
https://www.alibabagroup.com/en/global/home

"Rainbow Six Siege VS Area F2 | Comparison - Which is the Best"
YouTube Video - April 22, 2020 - NickySan
https://youtu.be/N-DGwzHKgDc

"What Does Copyright Protect?"
US Copyright Office Webpage
https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html

"Case: Atari v. Amusement World (C) [D. Md.] 1981"
Case Summary - Patent Arcade - April 12, 2005
http://patentarcade.com/2005/04/case-atari-v-amusement-world-c-d-md.html

Spry Fox, LLC v LOLApps, Inc. (Triple Town v Yeti Town)
Case No. C12-147RAJ (September 18, 2012)
https://digitalcommons.law.scu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1150&context=historical

"Spry Fox wins ownership of Yeti Town as part of Triple Town settlement"
GamesIndustryBiz - October 15, 2012 - Dan Pearson
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-10-15-spry-fox-wins-ownership-of-yeti-town-as-part-of-triple-town-settlement

"Secondary Infringement"
Justia Article
https://www.justia.com/intellectual-property/copyright/infringement/secondary-infringement/

Erickson Productions v Kast
No. 15-16801 (April 16, 2019 - 9th Cir.)
http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2019/04/16/15-16801.pdf

"Limitations on liability relating to material online"
17 USC 512 (DMCA)
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/512


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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