No Man's Sky developer settles legal dispute over use of the word 'Sky'

British telecom company Sky owns the name.

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We may have found another reason for the delay of No Man's Sky to August 9. It appears developer Hello Games was enmeshed in a legal dispute over the game's title.

"Yay! We finally settled with Sky (they own the word "Sky"). We can call our game No Man's Sky. 3 years of secret stupid legal nonsense over," creator Sean Murray tweeted. Sky Telecom is a major communications company in Britain. He wouldn't go into meany details as to what was involved in the settlement, but characterized the issues a "pretty serious."

"This is the same folks who made Microsoft change Skydrive to Onedrive," he said in a followup. This happened in 2013 when a UK court said the name of Microsoft's cloud service infringed on the telecom's trademark. In 2015, a European court also blocked Microsoft from registering Skype as it was again too close to the telecom's name.

With the legal hassle in the rearview mirror, Murray was able to joke a bit. "On the plus side perhaps this is the real reason Skynet never happened," he later tweeted

The game was originally supposed to come out next Tuesday, but at the time he announced the delay, Murray said "some key moments needed extra polish to bring them up to our standards." The game is being developed for PlayStation 4 and PC

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    June 18, 2016 9:30 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, No Man's Sky developer settles legal dispute over use of the word 'Sky'

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      June 18, 2016 9:36 AM

      So we can't call the sky the sky anymore either?

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      June 18, 2016 11:46 AM

      Trademark stuff is so stupid sometimes.

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        June 18, 2016 1:48 PM

        I have no idea how this is an issue. The owners of the word Sky? How is that even possible? Am I going to get in trouble for using Sky without their permission just now, twice?

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      June 18, 2016 1:21 PM

      What the fuck, they couldn't even register Skype?? Bloody hell.

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      June 18, 2016 1:52 PM

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        June 18, 2016 2:25 PM

        house of the dying sun is much better name though

        Enemy starfighter sounds like shovelware crap

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          June 18, 2016 2:26 PM

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          June 18, 2016 2:48 PM

          Yeah, it sucks that he had to change the name (especially since I'm sure a lot of people played the game at PAX and etc and know it by that name) but the new name is actually way better.

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        June 18, 2016 4:20 PM

        There is a SteamVR game called CDF Starfighter I think. That would have been confusing.

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      June 18, 2016 2:25 PM

      That's insane. Is this some stupid quirk of British trademark law?

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      June 18, 2016 2:29 PM

      This is beyond ridiculous. Fuck Sky and fuck terrible UK law and retarded judges.

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      June 18, 2016 2:33 PM

      REDACTEDRIM was an amazing game!

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      June 18, 2016 2:47 PM

      Wow, these guys sound like complete asshats. I would boycott their shit if they were in my area. I'm surprised they aren't laughed out of court... they should be fined to taking up the court's time. Come on... Skype... isn't even the same word. It contains some of the same letters in the same order... but it's so dumb. No Man's Sky doesn't even have anything to do with Telecom. It's not even in the same industry.! How can they possibly compete with eachother? So no product from any industry in the UK can ever use the world "Sky". That is the dumbest thing I ever heard. I don't even know these guys but I hate them.

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      June 18, 2016 3:40 PM

      They could have just changed the name to No Man's Guy.

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      June 18, 2016 3:48 PM

      Change it to Nomanski

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        June 18, 2016 4:16 PM

        Developer should change his name to Norman Skye.

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      June 18, 2016 4:22 PM

      European courts blocked Skype because it contains "Sky"? Seriously? This is so stupid.

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        June 18, 2016 6:32 PM

        They settled. The court didn't have a say.

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          June 18, 2016 6:34 PM

          NM, thought you were talking about the game. Yeah that's stupid.

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      June 18, 2016 6:05 PM

      Dang that's some INTENSE trademarking

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      June 18, 2016 6:28 PM

      They made Microsoft change Skydrive too, those guys are serious about sky

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      June 18, 2016 7:04 PM

      Astroneer was originally called 'Astro'. It is now Astroneer for a number of reasons.

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      June 18, 2016 7:07 PM

      we need a new word for Sky, something the Man cant take away.

      i nominate: UPSCAPE

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        June 18, 2016 7:15 PM

        I nominate: Shack

        Alright guys, you ready to fly through the shack, or should we pass straight through the shack and to the stars?

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      June 18, 2016 7:33 PM

      Sky is such a piece of shit company when it comes to this kinda stuff.

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      June 18, 2016 8:46 PM

      There should be no single word trademarks unless that word is created by the trademark owner.
      There should also be no trademarks for colours and short phrases in common usage.

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      June 19, 2016 12:29 AM

      Sky are assholes, partly Murdoch owned and probably the worst news broadcaster in the UK.

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      June 19, 2016 8:38 PM

      BBC should sue various porn sites.

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      June 20, 2016 6:17 AM

      This only makes any sense at all if the legal standing of the argument is that Britts are so totally simple minded that any association with the latters K, S and Y may cause them undue confusion and they try to request service from a game (No Man's Sky), or from a cloud storage service (Skydrive).

      Having known some rather intelligent Britts, this justifies the conclusion that the company may be worse than American cable companies in viewing their customers with contempt.

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