Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Electronic Arts Files Lawsuit Saying Use of Trademark Brands in Video Games Is Free Speech

EA Battlefield 3 trademark suit

I deal with intellectual property from time to time, so EA's lawsuit seeking a judicial declaration that the use of brands in video games is free speech is interesting to me. I will provide updates to this article as the Court makes its ruling(s). The case can be viewed above or in the sourced article below.

In its latest claim, EA is asking a California court to declare that its use of Bell helicopters is a form of artistic expression protected by the First Amendment. It claims the helicopters help depict realistic combat in Battlefield 3, a game set in 2014 in which players can command US soldiers in Paris, New York and Tehran to stop an impending nuclear attack.


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