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Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive File Trademark Lawsuit Against BBC

BBC apparently has plans to produce an upcoming TV drama based on the real-life conflict between Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser and prominent GTA/game critic Jack Thompson, with Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton playing the respective roles.

Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive were none too pleased about the 90-minute documentary (Game Changer) and have so filed a lawsuit against the BBC in London today.

The suit is for trademark infringement and cites that both parties have tried to commence talks with BBC over the rightful use of its trademarks regarding the Grand Theft Auto series. However, they have been unable to reach “meaningful resolution” with BBC over the matter.

While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.

BBC has refused to comment on the legal proceedings, but has made it known that it does not plan to back down from creating the TV drama. Rockstar Games and Take-Two on the other hand have no intention to force BBC to scrap the project. They do, though, have issues with their trademarks being used in a harmful way.