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Gaming News: "Suing Midway"
Posted: Friday March 16th, 2007 by

Already embroiled in a lawsuit with author William Crawford over the intellectual property rights behind the game Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, Midway Games may soon be drawn into a legal battle with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) over a preseumed trademark violation. In regards to the lawsuit surrounding Psi-Ops, the exact premise of the game seems to have been lifted from a screenplay, written by Crawford, of the same name and plot. Source: Gamespot [ more info ] The Las Vegas suit appears to be a good deal more trivial. Midway is trying to trademark "Only in Vegas" for an upcoming game; the LVCVA currently holds a trademark on the phrase "Only Vegas".
Source: Game Politics [ more info ]

The Psi-Ops lawsuit, as far as I can tell, is completely legitimate and I fully expect to read news in the near future of Midway and Crawford settling out of court. But the LVCVA trademark suit makes my eyes roll violently about in my disbelieving skull. I realize that "Only in Vegas" and "Only Vegas" ridiculously close. But, the way I see it if you trademark "Only Vegas" then "Only in Vegas" is something completely different. I mean... there's an extra "in" present. Chances are though, that Midway will settle out of court on this case as well.

So, I figure if Midway gets in the habit of handing out settlements, Ted might as well try to squeeze one in there right?

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