Capcom’s Dead Rising may have been a critical and commercial hit, but someone didn’t like the game: film production company MKR Group who alleged that the game stole ideas from their Dawn of the Dead film. While they had taken things to court, the trades are now reporting that Capcom got the upper hand and has won the lawsuit over the film company.
United States Magistrate Judge Richard Seeborg granted Capcom’s motion seeking relief from a lawsuit after MKR threatened to sue.
"The few similarities MKR has alleged are driven by the wholly unprotectable concept of humans battling zombies in a mall during a zombie outbreak," claimed Capcom in the motion.
Though Capcom is basking in glory right now, their win wasn’t exactly a pretty one. Dozens of zombie movies and games were introduced in court by Capcom to establish the conventions of the zombie genre, but they were all thrown out because the company included summaries taken from Wikipedia.
Ultimately, Seeborg found some critical differences between the game and the movie, most notably the absence of a political or social message in the game which the movie proudly flaunts.
Capcom is currently developing further titles in the series, with sequels said to be in the works for multiple platforms.
Sony just can’t seem to get any break. Gamespot reports that the company, which is under legal attack over patent suits over its Blu-ray discs and the PS3’s digital security technology, has been slapped with another lawsuit, this time over the parallel processing Cell chip used to power the console.
Parallel Processing Corporation of California cites a patent for “synchronized parallel processing with shared memory” as the basis of its suit, alleging that Sony is infringing on its patent – to which it is the “exclusive licensee” – with the PS3. Apparently, Sony’s actions have caused the “irreparable harm and monetary damage” to the company, who is seeking damages and legal fees with interest, as well as the impounding and destruction of all Sony products that infringe on the patent.
As expected, Sony did not reply when contacted.
GI.biz reports that Reflections founder Martin Edmondson has received over $4 million for his “unfair dismissal” by Atari some time ago. Scoop:
Financial documents released last week by Atari, as reported by Gamasutra, reveal that Edmondson filed suit the following March, alleging “constructive unfair dismissal as a result of Reflections alleged repudiatory breach of a contract of employment that necessitated Mr. Edmondson’s resignation.”
The documents state that Edmondson withdrew his claim last August after reaching a settlement agreement with Atari. The publisher agreed to issue Edmondson with 1,557,668 shares, valued at USD 2.1 million, plus a cash payment of USD 2.2 million.