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>EA Files Lawsuit Over Dillinger Publicity Rights Claim

>On September 2, EA filed for declaratory judgment against Dillinger, LLC (the entity claiming to hold all publicity rights relating to the late and notorious John Dillinger), seeking validation of EA’s claim that its family of “Godfather”-themed games do not misappropriate any publicity or trademark rights in the Dillinger name. The Dillinger clan was originally riled over the inclusion of the “Dillinger Tommy Gun” as a weapon option in the first “Godfather” game (released in 2006) and took further exception to the updated “Modern Dillinger” firearm available in the 2009 sequel. According to EA’s complaint, Dillinger, LLC contacted EA on July 22, 2009 – the 75-year anniversary of John Dillinger’s shooting death in Chicago – and demanded “millions of dollars for the game elements purportedly covered by its publicity right[s] and trademarks.” In the compaint, EA alleges that its use of any reference to John Dillinger is transformative within the… Continue Reading

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