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In a twist reminiscent of the recording industry upon which Guitar Hero is based, Variety reports that Viacom-owned Harmonix Music Systems is claiming it is owed over $14 million in royalties from Guitar Hero III. The claim is Harmonix was paid at a lower royalty rate that would apply if Guitar Hero III had been created "from scratch" by new developer Neversoft, rather than the higher rate that should have been used since GH3 used the tech developed for the first two installments in the series. Viacom has withdrawn a lawsuit they brought over this after it apparently inspired Activision to come to the bargaining table to work this all out.
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