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The Saga Over Candy Crush Saga

The Saga Over Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga LogoIn 2012, King.com released Candy Crush Saga upon an unsuspecting public. It is a relatively straightforward puzzle game where one finds patterns in candy shapes to clear a board, earn points and advance to the next level.

The game quickly became successful, shooting to the tops of app store rankings and having many complain about the addictive nature of the game.

However, in more recent months, the game and it’s company have been drawing a different kind of criticism, one dealing with intellectual property, in particular the trademark surrounding the name “Candy Crush Saga” itself.

Simply put, King has been making a strong, international push to trademark its games (and the words in their titles) and, along the way, has earned the wrath of other developers who accuse the company of not only trying to trademark common words, but in some cases, shut down those that they allegedly copied.

What started out as a fun game about matching candies has turned into a large, convoluted intellectual property mess that could prove to be a serious drain for a company struggling to convince investors it’s worth putting money into.Continue Reading

9 Questions and Answers Regarding YouTube and Content ID

9 Questions and Answers Regarding YouTube and Content ID

YouTube’s recent policy changes have generated a lot of uncertainty and a lot of misinformation. Here’s my attempt to clear some of that up.Continue Reading

3 Count: Streaming Troubles

3 Count: Streaming Troubles

YouTube files hundreds of ContentID claims on game-related channels, Redtube users hit with legal threats and Beastie Boys hit back against GoldieBlox.Continue Reading

3 Count: Retro Unbundled

3 Count: Retro Unbundled

The Pirate Bay releases logs, indicates Prenda uploaded their torrents, Retro Game Music Bundle hits a snag and Maria Pallente talks copyright reform.Continue Reading

3 Count: Rethink, Reimagine

3 Count: Rethink, Reimagine

Maria Pallante talks about revising copyright law, Spider-Man musical may be headed to court and Sega upsets YouTubers.Continue Reading

3 Count: Back in Business

3 Count: Back in Business

Former Pirate Bay buyer back in business, Zynga clears up its stance on plagiarism and artist of sitcom floor plans threatened, by another artist.Continue Reading

3 Count: Not So Elementary

3 Count: Not So Elementary

EA and Zynga settle their dispute, editor sues to prove Sherlock Holmes is public domain and Finnish anti-piracy group welcomes Pirate Bay lawsuit.Continue Reading

3 Count: Mega Silence

3 Count: Mega Silence

Mega shutters a file search engine, Valve sued in Germany over used games and CES drops CNET over Hopper controversy.Continue Reading

The Power and the Perils of Working With Fans

The Power and the Perils of Working With Fans

Valve and Amanda Palmer have been a part of major fan collaborations recently, but why is one a resounding success and the other mired in controversy?Continue Reading

Video Games, Music and the Power of Good Licensing

Video Games, Music and the Power of Good Licensing

With the advent of Web-based games and online video, there are a slew of new opportunities for musicians willing to seize them.Continue Reading

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