27 May 2015
Makers of Grand Theft Auto Sue the BBC Over Trademark Infringement
The makers of the video game Grand Theft auto are suing the BBC over alleged trademark infringements around their new drama, Game Changer, starring Daniel Radcliffe.
The TV drama depicts the clash between the firm Rockstar Games who created Grand Theft Auto, and the US lawyer, Jack Thompson, who wanted to stop children getting hold of violent games.
Rockstar Games, who are based in Edinburgh, want to ensure that their trademarks are not misused in any way during the depiction of purported events. They have not had any input or been asked for any contribution towards the BBC drama.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Rockstar games said, "We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary."
The BBC has refused to comment on the ongoing legal matter.
Trademark infringement is a violation of the exclusive rights attached to a trademark by law. Precise details of the alleged infringement are not reported in depth in the media. However, whatever the circumstances of the allegations, Rockstar Games will be keen to ensure that their name is not tarnished or damaged in any way by the film.
We will be following this case with interest and will follow up with another blog once more details are available.
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