Viacom Responds to Lawsuit

Viacom on Tuesday responded to Activision's lawsuit over its Star Trek game license - which alleges that Viacom let the franchise deteriorate by not promoting the current TV series or making new movies: "Activision's allegations are without merit. [The company] appears to be trying to use the courts in an effort to renegotiate a deal it made in 1998 to secure the rights to the valued Star Trek franchise for interactive games."

Reuters' Ben Berkowitz points out in an article published online Tuesday that licensing disputes are common in the games business - but that it's rare for such disputes to escalate into a lawsuit. The only other major publisher in such a dispute is Acclaim Entertainment - which was sued by professional bike rider Dave Mirra over the misuse of his name.

News source: The Adrenaline Vault

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