Apple vs. Samsung courtroom brawl heads down under

Gerald Lynch Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPhone, Samsung, Tablet, Tech Digest news 2 Comments

What's that Skippy? Apple and Samsung are fighting it out in the courtrooms again? This time in Australia?? Crikey! You don't need to be a hyper-intelligent kangaroo to keep track of the ongoing saga of lawsuit and countersuit currently being…

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Ex Modern Warfare devs sue Activision for $500 million

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Nearly 40 former employees of Infinity Ward, the development team behind the mega-successful Modern Warfare franchise, have brought a $500 million lawsuit against publishing house Activision. The employees are claiming for half a billion dollars in unpaid royalties and bonuses,…

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Daughter of sci-fi author Phillip K Dick may sue Google over Nexus One

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Think you're worked up by Google's Nexus One phone? Then you should have a chat with Isla Dick Hackett, daughter of sci-fi author extraordinaire Philip K. Dick. She's pretty worked up too, but for totally different reasons. Hackett is considering…

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Activision accused of sabotaging development of DJ Hero competitor

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The world of big-budget game development is got particularly murky today as Activision, who will be releasing the forthcoming DJ Hero title, was accused of interfering with a contract and misappropriating trade secrets relating to the development of a competing title.

“Scratch: The Ultimate DJ” is the game in question, which is being developed by a company called 7Studios and published by lawsuit-filer Genius Products. The latter alleges that Activision approached it to buy Scratch, but when the company turned down the offer, Activision bought the developers (7Studios) instead. Now, Genius claims, Activision and 7Studios have been withholding code, controllers and other products so that the launch of Scratch will be delayed.

Whether the lawsuit succeeds will depend very much on what the contract between 7Studios and Genius says. If 7Studios has indeed been sharing proprietary technology with Activision and withholding code then there might be trouble. For the moment, 7Studios are continuing work on the game, but given the legal situation the whole thing has got into, I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole project ends up eventually cancelled.

Full text of lawsuit (via Variety)

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