Ninth Circuit Limits Free Speech to Protect Copyright Interests...Or Did They?

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Last month, the Ninth Circuit ruled in a case that has gained significant attention and it's attention well-placed. The author of the blog "To Put It Bluntly" offered a weighty analysis of the case and the potential ramifications for free speech in an excellent article that appears here,  Be aware this is a meaty rather than milk toast analysis of the issues raised in the case.

Legal Issues with MMORPGs

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The legal issues that develop in MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games) can be explained by investigating the dichotomy of game developers versus the players or subscribers.  Copyright is undoubtedly crucial for game developers. Moreover, every part of the scripts, artwork, music, sound recordings and computer code produced by or for the developer are copyrightable game components. A lucrative market has developed around MMORPGs; this marketplace includes the sale of items, characters, and game currency through outside auctions[1].