3 Count: Pirate Brains

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1: WAR! Zynga Sues The Hell Out Of Brazilian Clone Vostu

First off today, the casual gaming company Zynga has filed a lawsuit against Brazilian game maker Vostu claiming that the company has duplicated many of Zynga’s games and, in fact, exists to do nothing more than duplicate Zynga’s creations. According to the lawsuit, Vostu’s clones, which include remakes of popular Zynga titles such as Petville and Cityville, goes as far as to copy errors in Zynga’s versions. Vostu, however has responded pointing that Zynga has been widely accused of ripping off ideas and accuse Zynga of bullying with its lawsuit.

2: In Wake Of Righthaven’s Loss, Counter-Attacks—And A Response From Gibson

Next up today, following a Nevada court’s ruling that Righthaven doesn’t have standing to sue over Las Vegas Review-Journal content infringed online, calling into question all of its 200-plus previously lawsuits, Righthaven has responded saying that it has fixed the previous issue (having updated its contract in May) and is pressing onward. However, counterattacks are forming including a lawsuit in South Carolina accusing Righthaven and its partners of unfair business practices and “barraty” or improper encouragement and pursuit of lawsuits. Also, the Nevada State Bar is looking into complaints against Righthaven and its owner, Steve Gibson. Finally, Stephens Media, the owner of the Review-Journal, is the defendant in at least three suits over Righthaven-related matters.

3: Zombie Game Taken Offline Because Pirates Didn’t Use BitTorrent

Finally today, an independent Zombie RPG game Project Zomboid was taken offline after a pirated version of the game made use of the company’s servers for updates and not using Bittorrent. Fearing a rise in bandwidth and other costs, the company shut down their servers temporarily. The company behind the game, The Indie Stone, has traditionally taken a relaxed attitude on piracy but had to take action in this case when piracy was costing them “real dollars” and not just “potential” ones. In response to this the company also released a tech demo early for offline play but the paid version remains offline as they attempt to secure their servers.

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