Former Virginia Tech football player Isimemen Etute found not guilty in beating death of Blacksburg man | Crime News

CHRISTIANSBURG – Former Virginia Tech football player Isimemen Etute was found not guilty Friday in the beating death of Jerry Paul Smith following a three-day trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Etute had faced a sentence of five to 40 years if convicted of second-degree murder. The jury began deliberations at 3 pm and returned … Read more

Updates: Day 3 of former Virginia Tech football player Isimemen Etute’s murder trial | Crime News

Former Virginia Tech football player Isimemen David Etute’s trial started on Wednesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Etute is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Jerry Paul Smith. The Roanoke Times will be providing updates throughout the trial. The jury has been instructed, the attorneys have presented their closing statements and the jury … Read more

A Bored Ape Lawsuit Won’t Set the NFT Precedent Seth Green Wants

The first thing you should probably do if you find yourself in Seth Green’s position is not tweet about how much you’re “looking forward to precedent setting debates on IP ownership & exploitation.” Green, an actor best known for his pouty portrayal of archvillain Dr. Evil’s disappointing son in the Austin Powers franchise, has become … Read more

Nike apply for digital trade marks for Virtual Goods in the Metaverse

Like a scene from Back to Future Part II (* but in present day 2022), it was widely reported back in November 2021 that Nike amongst other big brands (such as Gucci and Prada) were getting their digital trade marks (Nike, Just Do It, Swoosh, Jordan, Nike Air Jordan, the swoosh logo etc) in order … Read more

NFT Fantasy Sports Games: MLB Enters the Playing Field

As companies continue to look for new ways to utilize NFTs, some are experimenting with gamified NFT collections, including NFT fantasy sports contest-like games. In December 2021, the National Football League Player Association announced that it would partner with DraftKings Inc. to launch gamified NFT collections during the 2022-2023 NFL season. On March 29, 2022, … Read more

Filing strategies for brands in the Metaverse

As mentioned in an earlier piece, the last year has seen a surge in the number of trade mark applications for virtual goods and services. According to a recent report, the rise of metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has raised Class 9 of the Nice Classification (including computer hardware and software) to second place by … Read more

Blizzard In Court Over Minor Buying Hearthstone Card Packs

Image: Blizzard / Kotaku Blizzard is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit over card packs sold to minors in Hearthstoneits popular World of Warcraft-themed trading card game. A parent in Arizona claims his child purchased hundreds of dollars worth of the cards without realizing how rare it is to get good cards out of the packs. … Read more

New CBDC and NFT Data Released; OFAC Adds Mixer and Public Keys to SDN List; Multiple Crypto Enforcement Actions; Stablecoin Risks on Display

In this issue: • BIS Releases Survey on CBDC Initiatives; New Crypto Products Launch • 2022 NFT Market Data Released; Brands Continue NFT Initiatives • OFAC Sanctions Cryptocurrency Mixer, Adds New Public Keys to SDN List • Multiple Crypto Enforcement Actions Announced by CFTC, DOJ and SEC • Multistate Enforcement Action Targets Metaverse Casino’s NFT … Read more