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From groundbreaking 1st Amendment arguments to IP protection strategies, MSK’s attorneys in the Video Game specialty practice leverage their passion for gaming in to innovative advocacy for our clients. As long-time gamers, many of our attorneys speak the language of the video game community and understand the technical issues present in game development. Whether it involves getting an early-stage venture financed or dealing with issues of brand protection and expression, MSK's video game attorneys “leave it all on the screen”. Recognizing that the multi-billion dollar video game industry is not all “fun and games” and is in fact a sophisticated and nuanced business model, MSK has helped deal with myriad complexities of building and running some of the most successful companies in the industry. Intellectual property matters, issues of false advertising, censorship, trademarking, labor matters, and fair use are just some of the issues our team has handled over the years.

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From groundbreaking 1st Amendment arguments to IP protection strategies, MSK’s attorneys in the Video Game specialty practice leverage their passion for gaming in to innovative advocacy for our clients. As long-time gamers, many of our attorneys speak the language of the video game community and understand the technical issues present in game development. Whether it involves getting an early-stage venture financed or dealing with issues of brand protection and expression, MSK's video game attorneys “leave it all on the screen”. Recognizing that the multi-billion dollar video game industry is not all “fun and games” and is in fact a sophisticated and nuanced business model, MSK has helped deal with myriad complexities of building and running some of the most successful companies in the industry. Intellectual property matters, issues of false advertising, censorship, trademarking, labor matters, and fair use are just some of the issues our team has handled over the years.

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  • Successfully obtained $10 million monetary judgment as well as a permanent injunction on behalf of Riot Games Inc. against the makers of cheating software designed for Riot’s League of Legends video game.
  • Representation of Take 2 Interactive and Rockstar Games in a trademark infringement lawsuit alleging the company’s game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” infringes upon the marks of a Los Angeles business establishment.

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of Activision in trademark lawsuit involving the popular video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.”

  • Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. v. Ceiling Fan Software LLC, Case No. 12-0144 JVS (C.D. Cal. 2013). Obtained $7 million judgment on behalf of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. against the maker of a popular software “bot” that enabled users to cheat in the video game “World of Warcraft.”

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. on copyright and right of publicity claims arising from a set of recordings used to voice a “World of Warcraft” character.

  • Successfully defended Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, and writers of Men in Black 3 in a copyright infringement action based on the film Men in Black 3, obtaining dismissal with prejudice on the grounds that the works at issue were not substantially similar as a matter of law. Basile v. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., et al., Case 2:14-cv-04264-DMG (C.D. Cal. 2014).

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