#1
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6205495.html?part=rss&tag=gs_xbox_360&subj=6205495

Good riddance.

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Looking back, 2008 was a litigious year for Guitar manufacturer Gibson. Three years after a 2005 deal with Activision to have licensed the use of its guitars in Guitar Hero games, the Nashville-based instrument-maker went after the Santa Monica-based game publisher in court.

Gibson's lawsuit contended that Guitar Hero's mock guitars--modeled on actual Gibson axes under license--infringed on a patent it registered in 1999 for "technology for simulating a musical performance." So adamant was the six-string-supplier about its claims that it threatened legal action in a Tennessee court against retailers who sold Guitar Hero games and Electronic Arts and MTV over Rock Band's faux guitar.

After the original filing last March, Activision quickly asked the US District Court of Central California to throw out Gibson's suit and prevent the guitar maker from seeking damages. Last Thursday, the court did exactly that, summarily dismissing the contention that Guitar Hero violated U.S. Patent No. 5,990,405, which Gibson holds.

"No reasonable person of ordinary skill in the relevant arts would interpret the '405 Patent as covering interactive video games," wrote Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer in a stern ruling obtained by GameSpot. "Gibson would have this Court determine that any device that controls something that produces musical sounds is covered by the '405 Patent."

The Tennessee motions also appear doomed, as they had been stayed pending the outcome of Judge Pfaelzer's decision."
#4
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#5
Tl;dr - Gibson lost court case due to the case of "technology for simulating a musical performance" being not true because a guitar hero controller doesn't produce musical notes.

Something like that anyways.
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Am I the only one whose first reaction was, " Gibson made a skin-tight suit to go along with Guitar Hero ?"
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Am I the only one whose first reaction was, " Gibson made a skin-tight suit to go along with Guitar Hero ?"


I thought Gibson made a Guitar Hero suit too.

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Am I the only one whose first reaction was, " Gibson made a skin-tight suit to go along with Guitar Hero ?"


yes.
#10
So wait, gibson gave permission for Activision to model the controllers after their guitars... then sued them for it??
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#11
yup. they we're like "sure!.................................................but wait a minute!"

Idiots.
#12
They are not suing over the use of the musical instruments in the game. Read the story and you may understand what is going on. A few years back Gibson patented a system to allow a user to "play along" with music. They said that Activision encroached on this patent with the Guitar Hero games.

Activision is very lucky that they weren't forced to give Gibson most of the profits from the game as the Guitar Hero series is very close to what Gibson's patent describes. It just uses a plastic controller instead of a real guitar. Most of the Gibson hardware that would be used in the patented case is software in Activision's game.
#13
It was a ridiculous suit so no I'm not surprised..
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oh a lawsuit. I thought it was a suit you would wear that gibson designed, that somebody threw out. I'm soo tired right now.
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#20
ahh thats why

in guitar hero 1,2 and 3, all the guitars had the proper gibson names, and shape

I wonderd why in world tour, they all have werid names and don't look the same anymore, and gibson isnt to be seen anywhere.

I would of thought gibson would of stayed with guitar hero though, thats dam good publicity.
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ahh thats why

in guitar hero 1,2 and 3, all the guitars had the proper gibson names, and shape

I wonderd why in world tour, they all have werid names and don't look the same anymore, and gibson isnt to be seen anywhere.

I would of thought gibson would of stayed with guitar hero though, thats dam good publicity.
"kid who doesn't play real guitar, wants to play real guitar because he likes guitar hero, goes onto guitar hero and says... WOW that les paul looks nice, then rich kid buys £1000 les paul"

This exactly
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Do Americans sue for EVERYTHING?


corperate (sp?) america and money seekers. other than that, no.
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Quote by stratele
ahh thats why

in guitar hero 1,2 and 3, all the guitars had the proper gibson names, and shape

I wonderd why in world tour, they all have werid names and don't look the same anymore, and gibson isnt to be seen anywhere.

I would of thought gibson would of stayed with guitar hero though, thats dam good publicity.
"kid who doesn't play real guitar, wants to play real guitar because he likes guitar hero, goes onto guitar hero and says... WOW that les paul looks nice, then rich kid buys £1000 les paul"


yeh well good riddance, the first 3 GH controllers were badly made and broke too easy. the new one, I think of it like a PRS is bloody solid.
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#25
What the fuck?
I could be wrong, but I'm fairly certain that if you give someone a license to produce your patented object, you can't turn around and sue them.
My question is, why aren't they suing all the makers of Les Paul knockoffs?
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yeh well good riddance, the first 3 GH controllers were badly made and broke too easy. the new one, I think of it like a PRS is bloody solid.


I think it's just the opposite. I never had a problem with the SG and Explorer controllers, while the PRS-ish controller has a broken strum bar (downstrokes don't work)

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why aren't they suing all the makers of Les Paul knockoffs?

They have sued a couple. That's why ESP's have a slightly different design, while in Japan they make pretty much exact replicas (Edwards, an ESP sub-brand) of Les Pauls, SGs, Teles and Strats.
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They have sued a couple. That's why ESP's have a slightly different design, while in Japan they make pretty much exact replicas (Edwards, an ESP sub-brand) of Les Pauls, SGs, Teles and Strats.

Ah, fair enough. I would have bothered me a hell of a lot more if they were suing a video game, instead of people who were actually copying their design.
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I think it's just the opposite. I never had a problem with the SG and Explorer controllers, while the PRS-ish controller has a broken strum bar (downstrokes don't work)


They have sued a couple. That's why ESP's have a slightly different design, while in Japan they make pretty much exact replicas (Edwards, an ESP sub-brand) of Les Pauls, SGs, Teles and Strats.


Really? Well I have A GH 3 les paul controller and the buttons dont work half the time, the shake function isnt sensitive and it feels like if I drop it then it'll shatter into 1 million pieces. The new one feels much more solid and better put together.
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#29
Gibson sucks.
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