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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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48. Re: Rebellion Sues Stardock and Ironclad Over Rebellion Aug 17, 2012, 11:49 Spektr
 
Is there an antecedent of a company managing to own the rights to a common noun that belongs in a dictionnary? Maybe linguistics should start suing that kind of company to set a jurisprudence. Common sense would have it that a company with name x should be able to sue other company named x if they are indeed competiting in the same kind of field over unfair use of name that could lead to confusion. Can we imagine 3d realms suing a game company for a forgotten realms game or Lord of the realms? Nvidia suing Id for the use of the word rage being the makers of the rage3d video card? ( I am giving away my age here )
I hope the court fine them for wasting the court's precious time that could be used for more important cases.
 
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