U.S. News | PUBG Corp Files Lawsuit against NetEase over Copyright Infringement

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In April, PUBG corp, a game developer filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against NetEase, a Chinese game developer, alleging that the defendants who developed Knives Out and Rules of Survival, two battle royale games deduced great inspirations from the plaintiff.

The plaintiff, popular for its PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds game claims that NetEase took many elements directly from their Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds game, ranging from the winning salute to buildings in the game.

In reaction to the suit, NetEase argued that the claim is false adding that developers added ideas and gameplay mechanics do not have copyright protection.

“This litigation is a shameless attempt by the PUBG …to monopolize the ‘battle royale’ genre of video games and inhibit legitimate competition,” NetEase reportedly said. “Plaintiffs’ copyright claim is premised on alleged similarities in ideas, a merger of ideas and expression, scenes a faire, and game rules and mechanics. Copyright does not protect any of these aspects of PUBG’s game.” NetEase Claims.

NetEase said the suit should be dismissed.

The case is currently pending.


California Northern District Court
Judge: Jeffrey S White
Case #: 5:18-cv-02010
Nature of Suit Copyrights
Cause Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: Apr 02, 2018
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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