Capcom Sued Over Dead Rising Trademark Dispute

Film production company MKR Group has filed suit against Capcom over an alleged copyright infringement by Capcom's 2006 zombie action thriller, Dead Rising (X360), Reuters reports.

The company claims that Dead Rising is a cut-and-dry adaptation of Dawn of the Dead, a 1978 zombie horror film set in a shopping mall for which MKR owns the copyright. Earlier this month, MKR notified Capcom, Best Buy and Microsoft of its intentions to file suit if a settlement could not be reached.

A week later, Capcom filed a complaint in the US District Court, seeking an injunction to prevent the suit and asking the Court to declare that Dead Rising did not infringe upon MKR's trademark. MKR claims that it filed suit after talks with Capcom failed.

The long-running dispute began brewing before the game was released in 2006, with Capcom taking the preemptive measure of placing a label on the Dead Rising box disavowing any relationship to the film.

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    February 27, 2008 2:05 PM

    This is idiotic and should be thrown out of the court.

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      February 27, 2008 2:31 PM

      yea I'm not sure this has a chance in hell

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      February 27, 2008 6:30 PM

      agreed. It's so fraking retarded, "I called zombies in the mall first! :-P" If MKR Group wins this I'm going to start trademarking all sorts of generic ideas in specific locations, brad pitt in a car, vampires in castles, humans on earth, idiots in court...

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      February 27, 2008 10:48 PM

      I think that the MRK group is just looking for some easy money, I mean, like Capcom said, it has no part with the movie at all. That works for me. I mean, look, MRK invented the 'zombie' attacks. Even if this took place in an airport or at the DMV they still would sue. This is truly pathetic.

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