U.S. News | Ubisoft Sues Google, Apple for Copyright Infringement

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French game maker, Ubisoft Inc. has filed a lawsuit in the California Central District Court against Google, Apple, and Alibaba Group’s game developer for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that Alibaba’s Ejoy.com Ltd., which is based in Hong Kong and does business as Qookka Games willfully infringed on its popular R6S video game, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege by making a clone version of it called “Area 52” or AF2.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the games have a number of similarities, including the same layouts and in-game map designs, and the players have the same selection and arrangement of weapons, gadgets, and equipment.

The plaintiff reportedly said that AF2 also has the same sound effects, user interface and scorekeeping elements, advertising materials along with the same screen displays.

Ubisoft alleges that Google LLC and Apple Inc. was reportedly sent a request to remove the game from their platforms where they sell and distribute AF2 to customers in the U.S. through Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Ubisoft reportedly said that Google LLC and Apple Inc. continued selling and distributing AF2 despite their request.

The plaintiff seeks actual and statutory damages plus attorney fees while also asking the court to order the defendants to stop infringing Ubisoft’s copyrighted works and to provide an accounting of all allegedly infringing product sales.

The case is ongoing.

Ubisoft Entertainment et al v. Ejoy.Com Limited et al

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Court:California Central District Court
Case #:2:20-cv-04419
Nature of Suit:Copyright
Cause:Copyright Infringement
Case Filed:May 15, 2020
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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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