I read an article on this topic earlier today and it made the good point that not only would releasing their old games on smartphones be a good moneymaker, it would also get people interested in their current generation of consoles and games in effect acting as a marketing tool as well as a moneymaker. Imagine someone playing the old Mario, Metroid or Zelda games getting excited by them and wanting to play the newer versions that aren't available on smartphones. Nintendo is being really really stupid with this.
Nintendo’s Mobile Game Plans Are Literally the Opposite of a Good Idea - The Mary Sue - 2015-02-06 http://www.themarysue.com/nintendo-mobile-games-no-why/
I've submitted this here but I don't know if Techdirt has had a chance to see it yet, but a very popular Gangnam Style parody by CaptainSparklez was taken down by Universsal. He is still working on getting that resolved but unfortunately YouTube's processes are making things difficult.
YouTube - CaptainSparklez - 2013-05-19 - Minecraft Style News, Super Sweet T-Shirts and Stuff
The update on Minecraft Style starts at about 2:40.
Here are his earlier videos on the subject which give some background.
YouTube - CaptainSparklez - 2012-12-08 - So... What Happened To Minecraft Style?
YouTube - CaptainSparklez - 2012-12-16 - Minecraft Style Status Update And Stuff
YouTube - CaptainSparklez - 2013-01-10 - And, Minecraft Style is Down... Again
Here is a link to his original video, although it isn't accessible at the moment.
YouTube - CaptainSparklez - 2012-10-00 - "Minecraft Style" - A Parody of PSY's Gangnam Style (Music Video)
Here is a reupload of it on another channel.
YouTube - BlockoutServer - 2012-12-09 - Minecraft Style - A Parody of PSY's Gangnam Style (Music Video) (Reupload)
I guess you missed this story then:
Washington State Allows Third Parties To Brand Youthful Offenders For Life At The Low, Low Price Of Only 69? A Record
The Verge - 2013-04-19 - Controversial update to 'bible' of psychiatry fuels debate over foundations of mental health - One book raises big questions
The Verge - 2013-05-03 - Federal institute for mental health abandons controversial 'bible' of psychiatry
Oops, guess I was logged out when I submitted that.
Thanks for the story update Gary,
And here's an update from Phil Foglio,
Weill Cornell Medical College
March 25, 2013
You Don't "Own" Your Own Genes
Researchers Raise Alarm about Loss of Individual "Genomic Liberty" Due to Gene Patents That May Impact the Era of Personalized Medicine
Yup, unfortunately standard practice in this case means standard practice for the industry in the US. I don't know about all US carriers but I know the two biggest ones, AT&T and Verizon, force you to have a data plan with a smartphone even if you don't use data at all or only use data via WiFi.
While the conduct of the police is deplorable in this situation what I find even worse is the baloney the Prosecution tried to get the jury to swallow.
From Miller's blog, Photography Is Not A Crime (PINAC), at http://www.photographyisnotacrime.com/2012/11/08/not-guilty/
"A real journalist, he [the prosecutor] explained, was supposed to follow police orders without a second thought. A real journalist would never back talk to police. A real journalist would never question a direct police order as to why he was not allowed to stand on a public sidewalk."
Thankfully the defense was able to shred that argument to shreds. What the prosecution was describing is what you see in dictatorships and other such countries, not what is supposed to be a free democracy.
Bethesda/Zenimax apparently disagrees. Mojang has offered to give up the trademark request and even change the name to "Scrolls: some subtitle" but Bethesda doesn't want them using the word "Scrolls" at all and are continuing with the suit.