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Rebellion Sues Stardock and Ironclad Over Rebellion

Rebellion Developments (Rogue Warrior, Aliens vs Predator, Sniper Elite) is suing Stardock Entertainment and Ironclad Games in an Eastern Michigan district court for trademark violation over the use of the word "rebellion" in the title of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. Rebellion is asking for damages for being "deprived of substantial sales of its products" and for "the value of its trademarks as commercial assets." GameSpot notes: "Rebellion provided several examples where it claimed consumers would have been easily misled, including promotional materials which displayed the word 'Rebellion' much larger than the preceding 'Sins of a Solar Empire' and some that referred to the game only by the disputed trademark." Thanks Joao.

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43. Re: Rebellion Sues Stardock and Ironclad Over Rebellion Aug 17, 2012, 11:10 Jivaro
 
I am not sure I know what is the bigger problem for me...

A) That the legal system has evolved (?) to a point where a company like Rebellion might feel like they are obligated to file this lawsuit to establish that they are indeed protecting their trademark.

B) That Rebellion might actually be able to win....or at least not have the case thrown out on the first day.

Both concepts are equally maddening. What a waste of time and resources. Also, just because no legal bitching is complete without a negative generalization about lawyers, what is it about being a lawyer that makes it so that it would appear as if the day they pass the bar they completely forget that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Oh right...money. Silly me.
 
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