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Nintendo explain Paper Mario court case dismissal

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Posted June 26, 2008 by admin in News

The lawsuit alleged copyright infringement by Nintendo for its use of the song ‘You’re So Cool’ in a Nintendo GameCube television commercial produced by advertising agency Leo Burnett USA, Inc. In response to the lawsuit, Leo Burnett provided Morgan Creek Productions with a copy of a music license entered into between Leo Burnett USA, on behalf of Nintendo of America and Morgan Creek, for licensing of the song. The lawsuit was dismissed by Morgan Creek Productions the following day.”

This is not the first time a company has rushed into a lawsuit against Nintendo only to emerge embarrassed. According to Leonard Herman’s gaming history tome “Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Videogames,” in 1982, movie studio Universal claimed that Donkey Kong infringed on its rights to classic movie monkey King Kong. Nintendo fought the claim, pointing out that Universal actually didn’t even own the rights to the King Kong name. Nintendo prevailed, and Universal was ordered to pay the game maker’s legal fees in that case.

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