Guitar Hero suit settled

RedOctane, Activision, and The Ant Commandos bury the hatchet on legal dispute; peripheral manufacturer will continue to offer its own guitar controllers.

In August, RedOctane and parent company Activision sued The Ant Commandos, accusing the peripheral purveyor of copyright infringement, false advertising, and more in connection with the company's unlicensed Guitar Hero controllers. The Ant Commandos quickly countersued, claiming that RedOctane swiped the official Guitar Hero peripheral's design from its parent company's "Magical Guitar" controller, released years earlier for Konami's Guitar Freaks line of games.

In late October, the companies told the judge in the case that they were expecting to reach a settlement on the dispute within 10 days. It took a bit longer than that, but earlier this month the parties told the judge that they hashed out their differences and finally reached a settlement. The judge officially dismissed the case yesterday.

A representative of The Ant Commandos told GameSpot that the details of the settlement could not be revealed but did confirm that the company's products would continue to be distributed. Representatives for Activision could not be reached for comment.

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masterofTS
masterofTS

I have DDR, Singstar and Guitar Hero and I think it would be awesome to play atleast 2 at the same time. Guitar Hero is the best music game of all time by the way.

badlands27
badlands27

I agree, I was surprised at how fun this game really is!

mariothedoc
mariothedoc

well..... i dont care, there should be a drum hero game that could link with guitar hero, that would be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cormyre_
Cormyre_

Not like T.A.C.'s wireless guitar can be used on GH2 anyway... blah

Trogeton
Trogeton

Cool, but I this does not too much matter... I so far dont know anyone that owns or plans to own this game

datniccah187
datniccah187

I been play'n a lil guitar hero lately. Its was, much to my suprise, very good.

EnozmeH
EnozmeH

hmmm... i don'e even like this game... really... i don't!

none17256375947
none17256375947

ALL IN GOOD HUMOR! "The only reason Sony does not have it is that they did not want to pay royalties, if they had to do that the 60GB model would have cost about 700-800 bucks I am betting. " you;re prob right, they would at least have to pay $200 PER SYSTEM in royalties because of the rumble in the controler... "Jeez the ps3 controller having no rumble is Microsofts fault for sueing them because Microsoft said they were the ones that invented rumble being greedy a holes that they are" ok... "The original Warhawk game, made a couple of years ago had a motion sensing controller, but wait.... that controller also had rumble features built into it. So yeah, the PS3 controller could of rumble features in it without screwing up the motion sensor."" you should check out this new thing, it's like barely known of but its called the Nintendo Wii remote... and this was a topic about GH lol =)

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Lets have a Drum Hero game, should please parents with 7 year olds

Apokalipse
Apokalipse

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NathanHawkins
NathanHawkins

Sounds as though Activision might have come out on the losing side of this one, at least figured their case wasn't well founded.

rudyHG
rudyHG

Ok, let's forget about this lawsuit crap and can we just start working on some cross-platform GH please?

Mrpowers35
Mrpowers35

How stupid companies can be. I wish they were smarter.

wild_world_girl
wild_world_girl

rcguy_24: "Jeez the ps3 controller having no rumble is Microsofts fault for sueing them because Microsoft said they were the ones that invented rumble being greedy a holes that they are" You win the award for the least informed post of the day.

niels200683
niels200683

"soundbuoy: Nintendo and M$ settled out of court and paid up. Sony, being the greedy a holes that they are, just stopped using rumble. Get yr facts straight before you slag people off, guy." I never heard anything about Nintendo being sued by Immersion, or settling out of court, since Nintendo's rumble capabilities are actually an integrated 'rumble pack' - debuted as a peripheral for N64, which is, in the way it works, quite a different technique compared to the dual shock method of vibration. It just amazes me that no **** manufacturer has come up with the idea to sue any manufacturer of vibrating joysticks yet...

emeraldqueen
emeraldqueen

What I have only read in the last couple of news about the consoles and the games it's all about a suing war all the time. Get over it, those companies have lots of money.

DGFreak
DGFreak

The_Consequence: Copyrights last for 150 years... it's not likely that they "expired;" Maybe you were thinking of a patent, which expires after 13. Many people feel that copyrights should work the same way. soundbuoy: That comany was called Immersion Corp. I dunno where rc_guy24 got the idea that Microsoft did it from.

soundbuoy
soundbuoy

rc_guy24 "Jeez the ps3 controller having no rumble is Microsofts fault for sueing them because Microsoft said they were the ones that invented rumble being greedy a holes that they are" Umm.. Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony were all sued by the company that claimed they invented rumble. Nintendo and M$ settled out of court and paid up. Sony, being the greedy a holes that they are, just stopped using rumble. Get yr facts straight before you slag people off, guy.

rc_guy24
rc_guy24

Jeez the ps3 controller having no rumble is Microsofts fault for sueing them because Microsoft said they were the ones that invented rumble being greedy a holes that they are

ZombieDr
ZombieDr

man I seriously hate this cause someone sues someone for something they stole cause they knew if they didn't they'd get caught

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

The only reason Sony does not have it is that they did not want to pay royalties, if they had to do that the 60GB model would have cost about 700-800 bucks I am betting.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Does this suprise anyone? Ethics in the software/hardware business is about as easy to find as a photo of Rosie O Donnel where she has her mouth shut. Takes some big ones to SUE someone for something you stole from them in the first place....jeez! If Xerox had any brains they would have sued Apple and Microsoft :D

sainraja
sainraja

"It doesnt matter. The original Warhawk game, made a couple of years ago had a motion sensing controller, but wait.... that controller also had rumble features built into it. So yeah, the PS3 controller could of rumble features in it without screwing up the motion sensor." The reason Sony couldn't do it is because they were trying to create rumble technology different than the one used in Dualshock which they got sued for.

smas1983
smas1983

It doesnt matter. The original Warhawk game, made a couple of years ago had a motion sensing controller, but wait.... that controller also had rumble features built into it. So yeah, the PS3 controller could of rumble features in it without screwing up the motion sensor.

stunts1337
stunts1337

"The Guitar Freaks games weren't too good, and they came out a while back, so I wouldn't be surprised if their copyright expired." copyrighting something lasts 70 years or something after your death. so no...

mrklorox
mrklorox

hackslash "Six Axis is motion detector, Wii is not. Wii sense the controllers position, which vibration wont mess up, Sixaxis however has sensors inside the controller." No, VladimirCrow was correct. The Wii NUNCHAKU can only sense orientation and accelleration, and does not contain a rumble function because of this.

hackslash
hackslash

VladimirCrow Couldn't Sony have done that? Now we don't have rumble thanks to their cheap asses, and don't bring the whole Six axes crap, since the Wii has both things. Six Axis is motion detector, Wii is not. Wii sense the controllers position, which vibration wont mess up, Sixaxis however has sensors inside the controller.

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

wait what.. what their blahin about.. this is soo stupid... this is like the most pointless case ever

VladimirCrow
VladimirCrow

Couldn't Sony have done that? Now we don't have rumble thanks to their cheap asses, and don't bring the whole Six axes crap, since the Wii has both things.

The_Consequence
The_Consequence

The Guitar Freaks games weren't too good, and they came out a while back, so I wouldn't be surprised if their copyright expired.

Impostorzim
Impostorzim

Law suits are so retarded. Everyone does them now, and now they've become just opportunities for people to make as much money as they can. Like the incident that happened with the Wii remote's trigger button. I am so sure that Nintendo stole the idea from that stupid program they use for slideshows (sarcasm all the way there)

UnstopppableSol
UnstopppableSol

i bought one of those wireless guitarmania controls, and it wasnt even compatible with GH2. I had to bring it back and exchange it for gh1's control and not go wireless.

Calltheherd
Calltheherd

walmart also sells e'm (the controllers fallen was talking bout)

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

In other wordsn Red Octane and Activision realized that the countersuit had more merit than their lawyers had perviosly told them. While the whole thing was a mess of BS, I'm glad it all worked out to some degree. In other news, has anyone seen those new "motion sensing" PS2 controllers? They're from a third party, and I'm wondering who's going to sue them first. Target sells them, I put them out on a pull last night.

PoderOmega
PoderOmega

Sony did "bury the hatchet" with the company that sued them for the rumble feature. But that includes Sony having to pay royalties on any new controllers they sell, and I am sure this is real reason Sony took out the rumble. Not to make the controller "lighter". Corporate propaganda is just insulting, no one buys it except stock holders apparently.

Riorio99
Riorio99

There are 3rd party normal controller, 3rd party lightguns, third party dancemats, ect, why not Guitars?