Gibson Sues Wal-Mart for Selling Guitar Hero

Wal-Mart is one of five big-box retailers being sued for selling Guitar Hero 3, and in fact the entire Guitar Hero franchise.

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BWS19823867d ago

they meant Mel Gibson at first....Never even heard of that company...I thought 'oh great Mel, how does Guitar Hero violate Christianity somehow'....

BWS19823866d ago

I like how people can disagree that I had a thought. How empowering.

steeldragon3867d ago

That is crazy. Can they really sue companies for selling a product that they had no idea was breaking a patent? I wonder why they are only asking those 5 to stop and not other stores too.

ianp6223867d ago

Things like this happen all the time, it's called a shotgun suit. They name a lot of companies (or in the case of malpractice, people) that they want to sue and hope they manage to win a few.

agent8643867d ago

Actually, Walmart has some pretty progressive environmental initiatives as well. Now only if they'd pay their workers a living wage / benefits. Costco has proven that you can.

JoelR3867d ago

Nov. 23, 1999. patent
"simulate participation in a concert by playing a musical instrument and wearing a head-mounted 3-D display that includes stereo speakers."

sure sounds like guitar hero...this case is complete crap - more patent reform fodder! I have yet to wear a head-mounted 3-D display to play a simulated musical instrument.

spec_ops_comm3867d ago

Isn't the Guitar Hero guitar an officially licensed 'Gibson' replica?

*runs to check my GH3 guitar*

LOL yup - it says Gibson right at the top of the neck. Wtf then.. Activision had to pay Gibson for the use of their name, so why is Gibson being such greedy pricks about some conceptual game that has nothing to do with Guitar Hero?

If I was Activision, I'd countersue Gibson for bringing the retailers into this. All Gibson is trying to do is intentionally hurt Activision's sales now - royalties can be paid out separately (if Activision somehow loses); there's no need to threaten a law suit on the retailers as well.

TheExodus3867d ago

I'd guess Gibson is trying to renegotiate their license agreement with Activision now that Guitar Hero III has sold like 8 billion copies worldwide.

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