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First off today, Aaron Orr at Pocket Gamer reports that the developer of the battle royale game PUBG has filed a lawsuit against competitor Garena after alleging that Garena’s mobile game Free Fire is a copyright infringement of PUBG.
According to the complaint, Free Fire contains many substantially similar elements to PUBG including a similar map, items, weapons and other elements. However, despite the alleged infringement, the game has gone on to become the most poplar mobile battle royale game on mobile devices, pulling out ahead of both PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile.
The lawsuit also targets Apple and Google, claiming that both companies refused to remove Free Fire from their stores after being notified of the infringement. It also targets YouTube alleging that the video sharing site hosts video of Free Fire gameplay.
Next up today, Demi Lawrence at Portland Business Journal reports that the outdoor apparel brand Poler is facing a lawsuit from Land Art & Design, alleging that many of the designs that founded the company were not properly licensed, especially since the company has new owners.
According to the lawsuit, Poler and Land Art & Design had an oral agreement at Poler’s launch to allow for use of the designs in question. However, Poler went bankrupt in 2018 and was acquired by Pacific & Everest. The lawsuit alleges that the new owners have continued to use the designs, even though the agreement did not transfer to them.
Land Art & Design is seeking an injunction to prevent further infringement as well as actual and statutory damages related to the alleged infringements.
Finally today, Blake Brittain at Reuters reports that Disney has reached a settlement with the two brothers who penned the original screenplay that the movie Predator is based upon. This brings an end to a copyright termination dispute that saw the brothers trying to reclaim the rights in the work.
The lawsuit was filed by James and John Thomas, who wrote a screenplay entitled Hunters, which was eventually made into the 1986 Predator film. However, the brothers recently filed for copyright termination, a right original creators have to terminate license grants and transfers after a certain period of time. Disney, which now owns 20th Century Fox, rejected that notice prompting the brothers to file a lawsuit.
However, that lawsuit is now resolved with both sides asking for the case to be dismissed following an “amicable” resolution that was reached between them. There are no details about the terms of the settlement.