Dead Rising versus Dawn of the Dead

Written by Joe Martin

February 14, 2008 | 09:59

Tags: #copyright #dead-rising

Companies: #capcom

Capcom is feeling just a little bit worried about zombies at the moment, with The MKR Group claiming that Capcom's Dead Rising is violating the copyrights of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead.

Apparently Romero invented the idea of zombies in a shopping centre and then passed the trademark on to The MKR Group.

Noting the similarities between Dead Rising and Dawn of the Dead, MKR has apparently been nagging Capcom for a good long while according to Kotaku. Previously, MKR forced Capcom to put a disclaimer on the box stating that; "This game was not developed, approved or licensed by the owners or creators of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead"

The two companies have been in discussions since the release of the game apparently and things are now reaching boiling point. MKR has sent a letter to Capcom, one which was allegedly also sent to Microsoft and Best Buy, complaining that the game is on legally shaky ground.

Capcom, obviously a bit shaken at this, has released a statement saying that they believe that "humans battling zombies in a shopping mall is a wholly unprotectible idea." I think it's best if you say it in a Samuel L. Jackson voice.

Capcom is seeking a declaratory judgement to prove this before the case is bought before a judge.

Should Capcom be worried, or is MKR clutching at straws? Let us know what you think in the forums.
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