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Archive for December 2011

COURT RULES THAT MARVEL, NOT CREATOR, OWNS GHOST RIDER

Gary Friedrich began working with Marvel in the mid-1960′s writing Western comics and Sgt. Fury, among others. One of the comics Friedrich created was ‘Ghost Rider’ as a Western character that debuted in 1967. There was no flaming skull back then, just a ghostly all-white cowboy on a ghostly all-white horse. In 1972, Johnny Blaze, … Continue reading

HASBRO CLAIMS ASUS ARE DECEPTICONS

In April 2011, the computer maker Asus released its “Transformers” line of laptops. Hasbro, maker of the popular “Transformers” toy franchise contacted Asus and asked them stop using the name, but did not file suit. Yet, this month Asus revealed its ‘sequel’ to the “Transformers” laptop: Transformer Prime. Optimus Prime is the name of the … Continue reading

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN LITIGATION; EA/ACTIVISION LAWSUIT GOING TO JURY NEXT YEAR

In 2002, Jason Ward and Vince Zampella (along with another person, Grant Collier) formed a gaming company called Infinity Ward. They brought around two dozen people with them that had previously worked with them on the on the Medal of Honor series of games for another gaming company. Activision was an early supporter of Infinity … Continue reading

WIMPY KID VERSUS ZOMBIE KID

Earlier this week, Wimpy Kid, Inc., filed a lawsuit against Antarctic Press in federal court in Mass., claiming trademark infringement, trademark dilution, copyright infringement, and more counts. Wimpy Kid publishes the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series of illustrated books, which debuted in April 2007 and have since sold 52MM copies in North America alone. … Continue reading

“OTHER OS” USERS LOSE LAWSUIT AGAINST SONY OVER PS3 UPDATE

When Sony released the PS3 in 2006 it came with an “Other OS” feature, or other operating system. It allowed users to boot other operating systems, namely Linux, on the PS3. For many PS3 users, “Other OS” is a feature that would never be used. You can buy and play your normal PS3 games, use … Continue reading

UPPER DECK GETS THE FANG OVER KIBA LAWSUIT: $3.95MM TO ANIPLEX (SONY)

Kiba (meaning “fang”) is an anime that began broadcasting in Japan in 2006. It was a story about a boy named Zed who is transported to a nature-world with magical shards. Zed learns he is a “Shard-caster” and must develop his powers to fight evil. Like many anime of its kind, the Kiba cartoon was … Continue reading

BEYONCE’S MOTION TO DISMISS DENIED IN VIDEO GAME LAWSUIT

Nerds in Court reported earlier this year about the lawsuit video game maker Gate Five brought against Beyonce relating to the game “Beyonce: Starpower” for $100 million. Gate Five alleges that they invested $7 million into the project which was being developed with Beyonce, when the star supposedly sought to get more money out of … Continue reading

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