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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:44am 05/03/09 | 21 Comments
Last year Gibson Guitars filed a suit against Activision claiming they had infringed upon a patent the guitar manufacture had filed that described a "System and method for generating and controlling a simulated musical concert experience."

According to more details in the description, the user also wears a head-piece that generates a 3D image with speakers, all utilised to play a real musical instrument in a simulated concert experience (sounds kind of cumbersome).

Edge reports Activision not only beat the claim on grounds the Guitar Hero guitars and drums don't count as real instruments, but that "Gibson's doctrine of equivalents arguments border on the frivolous." Take that Gibson!

It seems somewhat greedy and non business partner like on Gibson's part, especially given Activision actually licensed the Gibson brand to authenticate their instruments just that little bit more.



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Pinky
Posted 11:52am 05/3/09
Winner: Common Sense.
BillyHardball
Posted 11:56am 05/3/09
Yeh it seems a shame that Gibson would do that. Seems all they have done is tarnished an otherwise awesome brand.
TicMan
Posted 11:57am 05/3/09
Came expecting claims Activision hacked the gibson.
Spook
Posted 12:14pm 05/3/09
haha, me too ticcles!
Reverend Evil
Posted 12:21pm 05/3/09
Gibson = c****

So if they already gave permission for Activision to use their model why would they turn around and sue? That's f*****g sad. These people need to be striped naked in a field and shot in the head.
Jim
Posted 12:22pm 05/3/09
It seems somewhat greedy and non business partner like on Gibson's part, especially given Activision actually licensed the Gibson brand to authenticate their instruments just that little bit more.
sure does
not to mention completely dumb given the claims and how they compare to reality

bizzare
Mantra
Posted 12:45pm 05/3/09
As a representative of gibsons everywhere, I am ashamed and chastised.
Jim
Posted 12:57pm 05/3/09
you should've been a (paul reed) smith instead mantra
Dazhel
Posted 02:24pm 05/3/09
I expected this thread to be about crusty old Mantra.

/disappointed
Nitro
Posted 02:31pm 05/3/09
I am sad for my Gibson :(
Jim
Posted 02:41pm 05/3/09
I just ordered one of these babies
http://www.gpguitars.com/product_info.php?products_id=1648

(not a gibson!)
Pinky
Posted 04:17pm 05/3/09
...striped naked in a field and shot in the head.

Horizontal or vertical stripes? Preparing for execution now.
reload!
Posted 08:59pm 05/3/09
I thought Mel Gibson heard Activision was run by jews
possibly even jewminati
Infidel
Posted 09:13pm 05/3/09
So if they already gave permission for Activision to use their model why would they turn around and sue? That's f*****g sad. These people need to be striped naked in a field and shot in the head.
I think youve said this a few times Rev :P soudns like theres a bit of german or russian blood in you
HERMITech
Posted 01:31am 06/3/09
Shouldn't blame a solid brand for a temporary f***head in marketing living it's american Dream.
Sue when you can't negotiate properly and let the lawyers make all the cash.
whoop
Posted 01:36am 06/3/09
Came expecting claims Activision hacked the gibson.

Considering I was so bored last night I actually watched hackers again that was my first thought too.
Suxsuxsux
Posted 12:07pm 09/3/09
Just being picky, but the picture with the article looks a lot like a Fender to me.
Dan
Posted 12:24pm 09/3/09
The article image is the Guitar Hero World Tour controller which (as far as I'm aware) isn't a licensed copy of any particular real-life guitar model.

Guitar Hero 1 used Gibson SG, Guitar Hero 2 on x360 used Gibson Explorer, Guitar Hero 3 had a Gibson Les Paul (and a kramer Striker for PS2 version).

The Rock Band controllers are modeled off (licensed) Fender Stratocasters.

The ridiculousness of this is that Gisbon severed their licensing agreement with one of the most popular videogame franchises to pursue a hopeless lawsuit. Incredibly stupid move.

last edited by Dan at 12:25:25 09/Mar/09
Jim
Posted 12:29pm 09/3/09
yeah you gotta wonder wtf is going on there

which article image are yas talking about btw? all I can see is a photo of a real les paul
Dan
Posted 12:33pm 09/3/09
The one in the AusGamers article http://www.ausgamers.com/news/read/2716049 forums don't show that images unfort (needs to be fixed).
Jim
Posted 02:17pm 09/3/09
ah ok
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