Saturday, 14 April 2018

Harmony Gold's Case Against Harebrained Schemes Dismissed!

quote [ The case against Harebrained Schemes has been dismissed according to the most recent document in the ongoing legal battle against Harmony Gold!The document, titled "STIPULATION OF DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE," confirms that the judge has dismissed the suit between Harmony Gold and BattleTech creators ]

Good stuff. I hated me some Harmony Gold. The case between Harmony Gold and PGI might not end as well.

arebrained Schemes

The case against Harebrained Schemes has been dismissed according to the most recent document in the ongoing legal battle against Harmony Gold!

The document, titled “STIPULATION OF DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE,” confirms that the judge has dismissed the suit between Harmony Gold and BattleTech creators Harebrained Schemes. The news is fantastic for all BattleTech fans and even better for Harmony Gold haters around the world. By dismissing the charges with prejudice, the judge has effectively barred Harmony Gold from bringing forward a similar case in the future.

Thanks to user CeeSea for notifying me by posting the link in the previous article on this ongoing legal saga.

Before we break out the champagne, remember that Harmony Gold’s case against Harebrained was incredibly weak. The images supplied in their arguments to the judge looked so dissimilar that even a half-blind person wouldn’t mistake the two for the same ‘Mech.

Locust
via unitedstatescourts.org

As you can see, Harmony Gold was arguing that a Locust looked like a Marauder, or whatever the Robotech equivalent of the Marauder was (Destructoid Officer’s Pod or whatever). The two only share the vaguest of similarities, and arguing the two are the same is like trying to argue a gorilla is the same as a chicken. Sure, they both have four limbs, a brain, and are carbon-based lifeforms, but that’s where the similarities end.

So Harebrained Schemes is in the clear, but that still leaves the case between Harmony Gold and PGI, creators of MechWarrior Online and the upcoming MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. In that case, PGI did in fact use Unseen ‘Mechs in both games but updated them with their own unique flair to make them somewhat more intricate as befitting a modern video game.

But as we explained in our last post, PGI found previous court case decisions that found Harmony Gold to not even own the copyrights to the Unseen ‘Mechs, and thus have no grounds to sue. We’re still waiting on the judge’s decision on that argument, but this decision in favor of Harebrained is a promising sign.
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[by lilmookieesquire@6:21pmGMT]

Comments

Kama-Kiri said @ 10:59pm GMT on 14th Apr
"as you can see"

I'm confused. Who is Harebrained Schemes and what do they have to do with BattleTech, a board came created by FASA in the 1980's?

Bach then at least the mech designs _were_ 100% copied from Macross and other Japanese big-robot anime. Is this BattleTech something different, or did they change the designs to avoid direct IP infringement?
LurkerAtTheGate said[1] @ 4:53am GMT on 15th Apr [Score:1 Funsightful]
Who is Harebrained Schemes and what do they have to do with BattleTech...
Tempted to respond with a LMGTFY for BattleTech, as 8 of the top 10 results are for the upcoming game by Harebrained Schemes, game dev studio founded by Jordan Weisman, of FASA fame. (HBS also did a rather good Shadowrun game)
lrdcthulu said @ 1:05am GMT on 17th Apr [Score:1 Underrated]
HBS is doing a new pc Battletech Game that comes out in like two weeks.
lilmookieesquire said @ 11:11pm GMT on 14th Apr
From the comments here: http://www.sarna.net/news/more-news-on-harmony-gold-vs-battletech/

The issue is that FASA had the usage rights from Big West. HG had obtained specific usage rights from a another Japanese company that was only meant for Japanese distribution or something. It is also worth mentioning that BattleTech (or back then, Battledroids) was first published at least a full year before Robotech started airing here in the United States.


HG actually used to be a decent company but some guy died and it became a holding company. Originally when FASA were themselves the victims of some copyright infringement in the past, and when they filed a lawsuit over unauthorized production of BattleTech-themed toys by another company, Harmony Gold actually came to their rescue to backed up FASA’s claims.

Anonynonymous said @ 12:02am GMT on 15th Apr [Score:1 Underrated]
They sure have lived long enough to see themselves become the villain...

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