Last week, we (and everyone else) reported that a group of well-intentioned hackers had discovered a way through Sony Playstation 3’s formidable security system, leaving the door open for more mischievous and profit-minded miscreants to dabble in all sorts of IP infringement. Well, as was inevitable, Sony is taking its beef to the justice system. GamePolitics.com reveals:
According to documents on the web sites of PS3 hacker George “geohot” Hotz and hacking group fail0verflow, Sony Computer Entertainment America has asked a court to issue a temporary restraining order against parties involved in circumventing its console’s “technological protection measures.” The motion further seeks to take those circumvention “devices” offline.
In slightly weirder legal news: Lima Sky, makers of the mobile hit “Doodle Jump,” are attempting to secure exclusive rights to the word doodle — at least as it relates to video games. The company, backed by Apple, is actually sending out warnings to other game developers whose products have doodle in the title. Check out the story on Joystiq and Pocketgamer.biz.
And lastly, it looks like developer Twisted Pixel might have a legitimate grievance against Capcom over the latter company’s new iPhone game “MaXplosion.” The quirky side-scroller is similar to Twisted Pixel’s much better-named “‘Splosion Man” in a number of aspects — not the least of which is the game’s devilish, combustible hero. The story’s all over the place, but Gameinformer conveniently lines both apps up side by side so that you can gauge the degree of the alleged rip-off. Looks pretty clear cut to me; Capcom, it may be time to whip out that checkbook.