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January 20, 2005

Motion to Dismiss Filed in Marvel Vs. City of Heroes Case; Legal Strategy Tipped

I noticed this last, or at least I saw it on Mr. Melrose's blog, and he got it from Slashdot, who got it from yet another site.

The interesting thing to me here is that the defense seems to be embracing the notion that Marvel filing suit against a creation engine on a video game really is sort of like filing against a box of crayons. When I encountered this notion in the gaming press I thought it was an inaccurate and over-simplistic reduction of Marvel's complaint, a complaint I thought was more about an overall effort to encourage copycat behavior that might interfere with their right to put out a competing product. This is what I get for not digging in more thoroughly when the story initially presents itself.
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