Capcom sued over Dead Rising

Dead RisingZombies are awesome, especially the fast, crazed ones you see in 28 Days Later. There are all types of zombies, ranging from slow and stupid to fast and cunning, and Hollywood likes to use the dead abominations to make movies (be that good or bad).

Capcom however, is being sued by an independent movie producer with rights to the horror movie "George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead". According to Reuters:

"The producer, MKR Group, alleged that Capcom’s popular ‘Dead Rising’ game was essentially a computer game version of its ‘Dawn of the Dead’ movies.

Earlier this month, Capcom filed a case against MKR in a California federal court, seeking a declaration that the game did not infringe on MKR’s intellectual property rights. It also sought an injunction to prevent MKR from suing the company. New York-based MKR said it filed its complaint after talks with Capcom over the dispute failed.

‘Both works are dark comedies,’ the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in New York on Monday reads. ‘In both, the recreational activities of the zombies and absurdly grotesque ‘kill scenes’ provide unexpected comedic relief. Both works provided thoughtful social commentary on the ‘mall culture’ zeitgeist, in addition to serving up a sizable portion of sensationalistic violence,’ it said."

So now companies are suing each other based on themes? I don’t belive Dead Rising copied the actual story of the 1979 horror film, only used the theme and setting of zombie massacre at a mall in America. Konami had better watch their backs because the creators of the old Dracula films might be stalking their front door at any moment.



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