3 Count: Frequent Flyer

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1: American Airlines Suing The Points Guy Over App That Syncs Frequent Flyer Data

First off today, Kim Lyons at The Verge reports that American Airlines has filed a lawsuit against the travel tips website The Points Guy alleging that the site has violated their copyrights, trademarks and the terms of service of their frequent flyer program.

The app, which was released in September 2021, allows users to link together their various frequent flyer accounts, including American Airlines AAdvantage program. According to American Airlines, this is a violation of their terms of service by encouraging users to hand over their login information to a third party.

In addition to the breach of contract and alleged violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the lawsuit accuses The Points Guy of violating both their copyrights and trademarks for the use of the American Airlines logo as part of the app. To that end, the lawsuit requests statutory damages for those violations as well as unspecified damages for other claims.

2: Nintendo Copyright Strikes That Pokemon First Person Shooter

Next up today, Rhiannon Bevan at TheGamer reports that Nintendo has filed a takedown notice against a video of a fan-created first-person shooter that was based on the Pokemon franchise.

The video was uploaded by Twitter user @Dragon_GameDev2 who published it to both Twitter and Twitch as a way to announce the new project. However, not long after upload, the video was removed from both platforms due to a copyright notice filed by Nintendo.

The move does not come as a surprise to long-time Nintendo fans and followers. The company has a long history of aggressively stopping fan-created projects, even those not released for sale.

3: Jack in the Box Ends Suit Against FTX for Allegedly Stealing its Mascot

Finally today, Brian Quarmby at Cointelegraph reports that the cryptocurrency token FTX has reached a settlement with the fast food chain Jack in the Box over alleged copyright infringement of the famous Jack in the Box mascot.

The lawsuit was filed in November alleging that the FTX mascot Moon Man was an infringement of Jack in the Box’s Jack character, which dates back to 1995.

However, the two sides have notified the court that they are ending the lawsuit pending a settlement between them. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, however, several FTX tweets featuring the Moon Man character have since been deleted.

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