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 Harebrained Schemes sued by Harmony Gold over mecha designs.

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by Eradose, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. Eradose

    Eradose Katbox Forum Member

    Jun 1, 2009
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    This is a feud that has been going on for about 30 years....

    If you've know Battletech as long as I do, you may be aware of the problems they've had with Harmony Gold, the owners of Robotech, dating back all the way to 1993. You see, FASA licensed several mecha designs from Super Dimensional Fortress Macross for use in their Battletech tabletop game back in 1985. At the same Harmony Gold licensed Macross for their Robotech series. The two series managed to coexist for a time, up until 1993, when Harmony Gold took issue with the Robotech mecha designs being used in Battletech (probably due to the Robotech RPG being released around that time), which resulted in a full lawsuit in 1996. The two parties settled out of court, and the Robotech mecha were taken out of future Battletech source book printings.

    However, that wasn't the end of it. Back in 2009, there was a trailer for Mechwarrior 5, which was hit with a copyright claim by Harmony Gold, saying one of the mecha in the trailer belonged to them, and the game was canceled at the time due to it (although development has resumed in 2016). And now Harmony Gold is going after Harebrained Schemes (who made video games based on another FASA series, Shadowrun), once again claiming mecha infringing their copyrights, and even attacking Mechwarrior Online, and, once again, the restarted Mechwarrior 5 project.

    Well, what do you think about this?
  2. Rosscoe

    Rosscoe Hobbyist

    Jun 9, 2008
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    I'm not worried about it. Harmony Gold is just wasting their time and money for something so fuetile

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