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1: Take-Two Wins Injunction to Kill Red Dead Redemption Enhancement Project

First off today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that Take-Two interactive has reached a settlement with developer Johnathan Wyckoff to put a permanent end to the Read Dead Redemption Enhancement Project.

Wyckoff, under the name DemandDev, began work on the project last August. It was an attempt to port the original Red Dead Redemption to PC, where the original game was never released. In December, Take Two Interactive, the original game’s publisher, filed a lawsuit against Wyckoff that resulted in the project being halted.

However, after shutting down the project, Wyckoff began fighting back and claimed that the project was in line with Take-Two’s policy on single player PC mods. Unfortunately for Wyckoff that argument didn’t stop the court from handing down a preliminary injunction and sending the case to arbitration. Now the two sides have agreed to make that injunction permanent though Wyckoff will not have to pay any damages, which could have been significant in the case.

2: Verdict Upheld in Cartoon Character Case

Next up today, Tian Shengjie at Shine reports that, in China, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court has upheld a lower court judgment in favor the Shanghai Animation Film Studio against four companies.

The case dealt with the cartoon characters Huluwa and Fuluwa, known as two of the seven lead characters in the 1980s TV series Calabash Brothers. According to the lawsuit, the defendants used similar characters as part of their ongoing series One Hundred Thousand Bad Jokes, which began its run in 2010.

The defendants had argued that their representation of the characters is different. Specifically, they argued that theirs was a Japanese anime-style portrayal where the original was done in a more traditional Chinese cartoon style. However, the courts disagreed and ordered the companies to stop using the characters and pay 520,000 yuan ($75,920) in compensation. The studio had originally asked for nearly 10 times as much.

3: Newcastle Take Issue with Premier League Over ‘Rejected’ Saudi Bid

Finally today, Reuters reports that the Newcastle United team has accused the Premier League of inappropriately rejecting a buyout bid by a Saudi Arabian-backed group of investors even though the league has previously said that it was never asked to make an assessment of the buyout before it was withdrawn.

The £300 million ($390 million) buyout of the team was headed by the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund as well as a group of other investors. However, the bid drew controversy over allegations that Saudi Arabia as a nation has backed beoutQ. BeoutQ is a pirate satellite service that streams sporting events from Qatar-based BeIN, which Saudi Arabia currently has an embargo against. Among the sporting events beoutQ pirates includes Premier League matches.

The Premier League had said that it had not commented on the deal and that it fell apart before it was asked to make any findings. However, Newcastle United is now saying that the Premier League rejected the bid and acted improperly in doing so. The club goes on to say that they are “considering all relevant options available to them.”

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