In a victory for game publishers everywhere, a US district court ruled in favor of publisher EA Games over Timothy Langdell (right) in an injunction he filed last June. Langdell, the CEO of the defunct Edge Games (which has only produced one game since 1994) is infamous for his prosecution of any game publisher which wants to use the word “edge.”
Langdell’s most recent case against EA involves 2008’s Mirror’s Edge and what he claimed was a copyright infringement on the part of EA. He preempted the trial with a cease and desist order in 2007 that EA summarily ignored. The court denied his motion for a preliminary injunction, calling his evidence “suspect” and dismissing many of his other complaints as “trolling.” (How awesome is it that the court used the word “trolling?”)
Above: Mirror’s Edge on the cover of EDGE – get a load of that, Langdell!
The Edge Games CEO had much better luck in 2009 against two-man publisher Mobigame in a dispute over its mobile phone game Edge. The popular game was removed from the Apple App Store and banned in the UK, US, and Germany due to supposed copyright infringement.
Many, including EA, hope this is a big step toward freeing up the term “edge,” as stupid as that may sound. An EA spokesperson told IndustryGamers that EA is “pleased with the opinion issued by the court. We hope that this case serves as a milestone in protecting independent developers from nuisance litigation.”
Mirrors Edge 2 can’t be too far off now.
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