Gibson Sues 'Rock Band' Creators, Wal-Mart, and Other Retailers
Legendary guitar company Gibson filed a patent-infringement suit against Viacom and Electronic Arts, the makers of 'Guitar Hero,' alleging that 'Rock Band''s unique controller and gameplay are currently covered by a Gibson patent. This news doesn't come as too much of a surprise. Earlier this month, Gibson alerted Activision that its 'Guitar Hero' game infringes on earlier Gibson patents, despite Gibson's licensing deals with 'Guitar Hero.'
Gibson also went on to file suit against retailers Toys 'R' Us, GameStop, Amazon, Wal-Mart and Kmart in order to halt sales of the hugely popular game. 'Rock Band' has been out for about six months now and the 'Guitar Hero' has been around for years, so we're wondering what took Gibson so long.
From Engadget and The Wall Street Journal
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