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Articles tagged with: legality

US Supreme Court Rejects Ban On Violent Games

The US Supreme court has recently rejected the 2005 California law that banned the sale or rental of violent video games to anyone under age 18. Now, parents could still purchase these violent games for their children, but any store caught selling the game to a minor could face a fine up to $1,000.

The court ruled against the ban 7-2, in accordance with the free speech rights found in the US constitution. Contrary to some beliefs that violent video games pose a bad influence on young children, the courts upheld that they did not want to filter what children are exposed to and essentially left that duty up to the parents or caretakers of the child.

Your Money Is No Longer Safe At The Bank

According to newser, hackers managed to steal over $300,000 from a client’s Ocean Bank account, but according to a Maine judge’s ruling, the bank is not responsible. The judge understood that the bank didn’t follow the best security practices, but rules that the customer should have done more to protect the account. What?! Did a judge just blame the customer for choosing to trust a bank with his money?

The hackers got access to Patco Construction (the victims) Company’s banking credentials by sending a malicious e-mail to employees and then installing a password-stealing Trojan.

Game Emulators Yanked From Android Market

Game emulators are programs that are available for download through mobile, desktop, and laptop devices, that allow users to simulate game consoles and play games they enjoy without having to pay for the console. The player usually just plays the game through mouse and keyboard instead of controller, but one could easily configure a game controller by obtaining the right hardware and software.

A third party Android app developer by the name of Yong Zhang has recently had his popular game console emulators yanked out of the Android market. His entire selection of apps was removed without warning.

New Piracy Video-Sharing Site, TubePlus Set In Motion

The controversial file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay, are openly supporting the new hybrid video-sharing site, TubePlus. TubePlus integrates content from BitTorrent websites, Megaupload, Hotfile, and eMule to deliver streaming video service for piracy doers. Instead of searching and downloading files, TubePlus users will search for their favorite TV shows and movies within the database and stream the content directly into their browser’s interface.

The website also contains links to IMDB reviews of the digital content. While geeks are probably jumping up and down at the news of an “all-content Youtube”, I am sure the RIAA are sweating under their eyebrows.