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Electronic Arts Sues For Use Of "Dillinger" Guns In Godfather Games

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Posted September 2, 2009 - By Jake Gaskill





Electronic Arts Sues For Use Of

Take-Two isn’t the only company grabbing the legal headlines today over issues relating to one of its open-world crime franchises.

As GamePolitics reports, Electronic Arts has preemptively sued to protect its use of two particular weapons -- the “Dillinger Tommy Gun” and the “Modern Dillinger” -- in its gangster titles, The Godfather and The Godfather II.

This whole mess started when Dillinger LLC, which happens to be controlled by the grandson of the half-sister of legendary criminal John Dillinger, contacted EA about using his famous relatives name without his permission. This quickly led to threats of litigation, which EA promptly responded to by filing a suit of its own to protect its use of the name in its games.

EA is calling for a jury trial, but based on the arguments presented in the suit (i.e. First Amendment rights, doctrine of nominative fair use, etc.), I’d be very surprised if the case ever reaches a courtroom.

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