By Euro Weekly News Media • 21 May 2015 • 16:20
THE makers of a video game, Grand Theft Auto (GTA), are suing the BBC for trademark infringement over an upcoming drama called Game Changer.Game Changer, a one-off drama featuring Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, is based on the creation of the popular game series and controversy surrounding its violent content, and is planned to coincide with a series of BBC programmes on the theme of computer coding.UK-based Rockstar Games told gaming site IGN in a statement:“Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie, currently titled Game Changer, as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series“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.”The BBC, which announced the drama as “the story of the controversy surrounding the computer game Grand Theft Auto – arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park,” has said it “won’t comment on legal matters.”
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