Publisher Contacts FBI Over Game Rights
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In what might be a first for the games industry, GameDaily Biz has published an article dealing with the licensing rights of a title and the FBI's possible involvement. Ideas From the Deep, a smaller publisher, has accused Take-Two Interactive of continuing to sell a title despite no longer having a license to do so.
The title in question is Bugdom, which as Mac gamers know, is originally a Pangea title. And according to a GameDaily source, IFD has contacted the FBI's intellectual crime division regarding the matter:
A well-placed industry source has revealed to GameDAILY BIZ that Ideas From the Deep (IFD) has contacted the FBI's intellectual crime division concerning Take-Two Interactive's publishing of a PC game called Bugdom. IFD, which owns the license to the game, alleges that Take-Two has been selling illegal copies of Bugdom, under the Global Star label, since January 2002.IFD further maintains that not only has this hurt their sales, but that their reputation has been hit as well, owing to the fact that Global Star's version of Bugdom contains numerous bugs in the code. This is further compounded by the fact that customers looking for support inevitably end up at IFD's site, due to them owning the current legal license for Bugdom.
GameDaily News - IFD Sicks FBI on Take-Two for "Pirated" Games
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