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July 14, 2008
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Officials from Rock Band publisher MTV Games have responded to the lawsuit filed by Guitar Freaks and DrumMania publisher Konami last week, describing the move as “extremely surprising”. An MTV/Harmonix spokesperson has told Gamasutra that "unfortunately, successful products such as Rock Band can often become targets for baseless litigation. We have substantial defenses to this claim and intend to vigorously defend it." Konami officials have indicated that it is against company policy to comment on pending litigation. As recently reported the three patents in question date from 2002 and 2003 and relate to “simulated musical instruments”, a “music-game system” and a “musical-rhythm matching game”. Rock Band developer Harmonix’s first game to feature a proprietary controller was the original Guitar Hero in November 2005, while Konami’s first Guitar Freaks arcade games was released in 1999. As exclusively revealed by Gamasutra last year, Konami licensed some of its patents to Guitar Hero III publisher Activision. No such deal has ever been reported with MTV Games.
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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.
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