Activision Suing 3rd Party Guitar Maker


Posted September 20, 2006 - By Stephen Johnson

Fresh from the revelation that Guitar Hero is busting out of the PlayStation 2-only ghetto, comes the news that Activision and RedOctane, the companies behind the rockin'est game ever, are suing a manufacturer of a guitar peripheral used with GH.

The Ant Commandos make sweet "flying V" style videogame guitars, and offer something Activision does not: The option to go wireless.

Problem is, according to the filing, "Defendants have copied the packaging of Plaintiffs' products and have used Plaintiffs' trademarks and copyrighted material in its packaging and advertising of its own products in an effort to cause confusion among consumers."

They also contend that the Ant Commandos star power boosting guitar tilting doesn't work too well. Activision is asking for all of The Ant Company's profits, as well as damages and attorney's fees.

RedOctane, interestingly, was sued for making a dance game, In The Groove, that Konami claimed infringed on patents it held with its Dance Dance Revolution.

Legal wrangling aside, I just want a wireless Guitar Hero controller. I'm tired of destroying everything in my living room when it's time to rock the hell out.

GameSpot: RedOctane sues guitar manufacturer

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Activision Suing 3rd Party Guitar Maker


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