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Archive for August, 2008

This week’s second installment of the Reading Room features an article co-authored by James Gatto, head of the IP Section at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and Pillsbury IP associate Benjamin Esplin entitled Automated Program for Playing Virtual World Game Deemed Copyright Infringement (.pdf).  Readers will already be familiar with the case via this site’s extensive [...]

According to a stipulation (.pdf) filed with the court, World of Warcraft player Antonio Hernandez has settled his dispute with Internet Gaming Entertainment U.S. (“IGE U.S.”) securing an agreement that IGE U.S. “will not engage in the selling of World of Warcraft virtual property or currency (commonly referred to as “gold,” “gold farming,” “real money [...]

Late last month, World of Warcraft creator Blizzard asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona for a permanent injunction which would functionally shut down MMO Glider, a “bot” program that lets people play World of Warcraft unattended.  In addition, Blizzard asked the court for the relatively unconventional relief of an order prohibiting [...]

I’ve got a few extra Expo Floor passes for the upcoming Virtual Worlds Expo (September 3-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center) that I’m making available to law students in the LA area (or who can make it there) who are interested in virtual law.  If you want one, shoot me a note; first come, [...]

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