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Taito considering legal action over misuse of Space Invaders at GC08

Friday, 22nd August 2008 17:10 GMT By Mike

Taito has announced that it is considering legal action as the ‘Invaders!’ installation by Douglas Edric Stanley at Games Convention, was “produced entirely without TAITO’s knowledge and that the use of the world-famous Space Invaders content was wholly unauthorized.”

From the release:

TAITO is seriously considering all available options-including legal actions against the infringer and, if necessary, the Games Convention exhibitor involved-in order to end this unauthorized and impermissible misuse of the Space Invaders content and to protect TAITO’s intellectual properties.

Read the full statement down below.

By Mike Bowden

PRESS RELEASE
TAITO COMMENT REGARDING THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF SPACE INVADERS AT THE GAMES CONVENTION IN LEIPZIG

London (22nd August, 2008) – TAITO Corporation (TAITO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd., today stated unequivocally that the “Invaders!” installation by Douglas Edric Stanley and displayed at the Games Convention held in Leipzig, Germany was produced entirely without TAITO’s knowledge and that the use of the world-famous Space Invaders® content was wholly unauthorized. The “Space Invaders: Die Jubiläumsshow!” (“Space Invaders: the Anniversary Show”) exhibition of the Computer Game Museum Berlin hosting the installation was likewise planned and presented without TAITO’s knowledge and authorization.

TAITO is seriously considering all available options-including legal actions against the infringer and, if necessary, the Games Convention exhibitor involved-in order to end this unauthorized and impermissible misuse of the Space Invaders content and to protect TAITO’s intellectual properties.

About TAITO Corporation
TAITO Corp. (TAITO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, TAITO operates core businesses such as game arcade operations, coin-operated game machines, and mobile phone content services. A seminal part of gaming history, TAITO caused a worldwide sensation with its arcade legend, SPACE INVADERS, and developed such fan favorites as EXIT™ and ARKANOID. Today, TAITO continues to thrill game lovers of all generations by offering both classic and new family-oriented titles on the latest gaming platforms. TAITO delivers a wide range of entertainment experiences with the goal of providing consumers with fresh surprises and new discoveries. More information on TAITO can be found on the Internet at http://www.taito.com/.

SPACE INVADERS, TAITO and the TAITO logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TAITO Corp in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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3 Comments

  1. Truk

    I don’t think they’ll do so well with this. I’m pretty certain that its use in art work will be considered fair use. I can only imagine German law would permit it.

    Their website does say: “Note: The artwork “invaders!” is not approved by Square Enix/ Taito.”

    #1 6 years ago
  2. ecu

    Hah. Whatever convinced him that using Space Invaders without permission to depict them destroying the World Trade Centre was a good idea?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. BraveArse

    It has the potential to be one those landmark trials though. The use of copyrighted material in artworks is a hot topic these days – especially in the world of photography, which is my main field. There’s an awful lot of undefined legal territory in there.

    #3 6 years ago

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