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Legal battle between Rockstar/Take-Two and real-life Pinkertons comes to an end

By midian182 · 5 replies
Apr 12, 2019
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  1. It was revealed earlier this year that Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, now a subsidiary of Swedish security firm Securitas AB, had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Rockstar and Take-Two in December over the use of its name appearing in Red Dead Redemption 2. It alleged trademark infringement, saying that no permission was given for the name to be used. There were also objections to the agents appearing "as villains, hunting the game's protagonists." The company asked for a single lump sum or a share of the game’s royalties.

    In response to the letter, Rockstar and Take-Two filed a joint lawsuit in January that claimed the use of the Pinkerton name is protected under the First Amendment, and that it’s part of the game’s historical setting.

    "Put simply, [Pinkerton] cannot use trademark law to own the past and prevent creators from including historical references to Pinkerton agents in depictions of the American West," Take-Two said at the time.

    GameDaily.biz reports that the lawsuit has now been voluntarily dismissed, bringing the dispute to a close. "Take-Two can confirm that the present day Pinkerton Consulting & Investigation company has withdrawn its claims against Red Dead Redemption 2, and Take-Two will not continue legal action against Pinkerton. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a work of fiction set in the late 1800s that references historical entities active during that time," said a company spokesperson.

    The Pinkerton name has appeared in plenty of other mediums over the years, including TV shows such as Deadwood, movies, and music. It was also used in BioShock Infinite.

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  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,858   +1,122

    Well. I'm glad that's settled.
     
  3. JamesJamesJames

    JamesJamesJames TS Rookie Posts: 17   +16

    Yeah! Now hurry up and release it on PC!
     
    Morris Minor likes this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,022   +3,426

    Amen!
     
  5. likedamaster

    likedamaster TS Enthusiast Posts: 91   +14

    Get a console, you pleb.
     
    Digitalzone likes this.
  6. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 597   +426

    You will have to pry our PCs from our cold, dead hands!
     
    Misagt, USAvenger, mosu and 1 other person like this.

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