Kojima Didn’t Show at Game Awards Thanks to Konami’s Lawyers

Kojima is the creative mind behind the metal gear solid series, based on stealth, action and giant robots, the series has become infamous amongst gamers for both its storyline and the cardboard box; the biggest question is regarding if he still works for Konami.

A month ago we published an article talking about the “leave” Kojima was taking. After a goodbye party, it appears as if he left work. Konami keeps reminding people though that he is just “on leave”. This has gone a step further this week with the Game Awards expecting an appearance from Kojima, only to find that he was stopped by lawyers from Konami.

The host, Geoff Keighley, described the situation as:

“Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards. He’s still under an employment contract and it’s disappointing.”

That’s the second time that someone has had to appear to accept an award in Kojima’s place, with a PR representative from Konami accepting an award from Playstation awards earlier in the week and now Kiefer Sutherland, a voice actor for Metal Gear Solid V, accepted the award at the Game Awards on his behalf.

Is he gone or not? I guess we will await more news before we know for certain.

Lawyer Blames Ars Readers For Hack Attempts

The web is a large place, with lots of people saying a lot of things on it. Not all of these things are nice, just a few bad people can quickly make the internet seem like a horrible place. While action can be taken, it is often difficult as people saying nasty things online often hide behind fake accounts and proxies to mask where they are actually connecting from, if its even in the same country as the agency trying to find them. In this case though a lawyer is taking action against several people after claiming that an online article was “defamatory”.

At the start of this story is a lawsuit by one man against three others, over the fact that the names of their trademarks may be too close. This is not an uncommon story, what with Bethesda taking action against Mojang over the fact that their new game ‘Scrolls’ could be confused with the Elder Scrolls Series. In this case, these names are “CaseRails”, “CaseWebs” and “CaseSpace”, with “CaseRails” being the only one not owned by Sanford Asman, the man taking action over the possible confusion. In an action to express his point of view regarding the matter; Asman decided to speak to Ars Technica about the problem, he does however disagree with how the article was written (the article can be viewed here).

Apparently the defendants, in his now amended complaint, state that CaseRails CEO Erik Dykema and several others may have encouraged the website to write “derogatory comments”. Examples given are the writing of “Ass Man” in the comments section and the creation of a website that uses Sanford’s name to direct users to an external website with no official affiliation, endorsement or permission from Sanford Asman. After the article was published, Sanford says his websites came under attack and was harassed as a result of the deformation that had occurred.

With both parties involved being intellectual property lawyers the case may be set to drag out, with the initial argument about naming possibly becoming overshadowed by the amended status talking about the negative comments posted online.

Thank you Ars Technica for the information.

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HP’s Autonomy Acquisition Cancelled by Judge

Shareholders of HP have been carrying out legal action for previously claiming that they acquired British based company Autonomy for $8.8bn when the figure was in fact $10.7bn. Outraged shareholders decided to lawyer up and come out with both fists swinging, to which HP agreed on a settlement.

The Register explained the settlement terms and process:

“That settlement would see shareholders drop their lawsuit in exchange for HP picking up their legal bills – with an upper limit of $48m – and exonerate past and current HP management in exchange for presenting a united front in a legal battle with Autonomy and their auditors in the UK.”

US District Judge Charles Breyer simply commented “That’s out” – which refers to the lawyers hired by HP getting their payments sorted, he claims it isn’t in the shareholders bests interests to do so as reported by Reuters.

HP’s attorneys have now announced plans to not only sue the company, but also take on their auditors – Deloitte & Touche.

Sushovan Hussain, Autonomy’s chief financial officer, has been portrayed as the person to blame for this whole ordeal. Working with his attorney John Kekker to kill the settlement – Kekker was quoted saying “this is a joke” and “If it were a carcass, animals would walk around it, it stinks so much.”

All this has become quite the mess, hasn’t it?

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