Gun Manufacturer Sued

For, I kid you not, ripping off the design of a gun being used in a video game being developed.


The real one has subtle differences.
If they win Benelli should sue them both for the stock design. Looks like a Davinci.

Put your actual designs on the web for all to see, without trademarking registration and wonder why you get rolled.

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Interesting…then gun manufacturing should sue the ■■■■ out of gaming industry for using their gun design…like 45 or AR etc.

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Back in the day most game studios licensed the designs. I remember older Call of Duty titles always having the actual names for the firearms because they were licensed. They’d also have the specs listed, like weight, caliber, length, height, width and the like.

When I played Cold War (the COD released last year) I was kind of surprised that most guns were using made up names, even though the gun in question was a near exact replica of the real life firearm.

The “LW3 Tundra” sniper rifle is a good example. It’s a bolt action sniper rifle in the game. Second I saw it I said “that’s an L96A1.” It’s got a slightly modified stock but other than that it’s identical.

But some of the other guns in the game use their actual real life names. M16 (even though it’s actually an M16A2 in the game, they call it “M16”). AK-47 (which is actually an AKM due to the receiver being a late 50s style stamped model; I think they just call it AK-47 since that’s what most westerners call all AKs), or the XM4 (which actually looks more like a Colt 733 but the game’s players probably don’t catch that). They also don’t list any specs anymore for the guns.

I’m assuming that in the case of the ARs and AKs it’s pretty much a free design they can use since both gun families are the two most easily recognized firearms in the world. To get around licensing they probably just give them their generic names rather than the specific models they depict.

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What are the grounds for stealing their design? Where can I buy one of those virtual guns? Does the real gun take profits from the game developer … or add to it?

It’s all a publicity stunt. If it works they’ll make back a thousand fold whatever they waste on the lawsuit.

… until the countersuit kicks in.

On what grounds?

Financial damage and damage to brand and reputation. They don’t have to win to get even.

No financial damage lol. Enhancement perhaps.

Having to defend oneself in court against a copyright infringement is financially damaging.

A good boost in sales would cover that and more, that was basically my point. Big money in gaming.

Yes, this fiasco is meant to boost the video game sales. If it does, there is the impetus for countersuit damages.