Originally Posted by : Patrick McCarron
The eccentric Florida lawyer, Jack Thompson
, who seems to have a personal vendetta against the vidHey, you were talking about that Jack guy? Well I hear he got his claim denyed and they're saying Ed Boon's goin' to do a interview on it all. Oh, and just because I agreed to do this, I'll ask you to visit Cyber Nations. Reply.eo game industry has just lost one battle and is no choosing another. His new battle is against our current favorite game, [URL="http://www.trmk.org/games/mortal_kombat_armageddon/" target="_blank">Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.
It seems some creative fans made up a Jack Thompson
look-a-like via the Kreate a Fighter
mode in posted the instructions
on how to create your own copy of Jack, amongst other characters, online to share with others.
So Jack Thompson
, who seems to be without a sense of humor, decided to send a "cease and desist"
email to Midway Games President and CEO David Zucker
. He also decided to carbon copy it to news outlets, to I guess get some press to back him up maybe? Here is part of the email:
[INDENT]"It has today come to my attention that the newly recently [sic] Mortal Kombat: Armageddon contains an unauthorized commercial exploitation of my name, photograph, image, and likeness within the game. You are commanded to cease and desist immediately
from the distribution of this game because of this unauthorized, illegal content." (Emphasis in original.)[/INDENT]
It seems that either Jack doesn't get the idea that someone "made" this character themselves, and it's not included in the game itself. Or maybe he's just trying to stifle any creativity in the video game community, and will start suing anyone creating custom characters. Maybe he'll start by suing me on my behalf for creating a likeness of myself in the game?