MTV Responds to Rock Band Lawsuit, Refers to it as "Baseless Litigation"
We brought word to you yesterday that Konami had filed a lawsuit against Viacom, MTV and Rock Band developer Harmonix over patent violations. While Viacom didn’t have any comment at the time, claiming they had yet to receive any complaint, today an MTV spokesperson released a statement regarding the lawsuit.
“Konami’s actions are extremely surprising,” the spokesperson said. “Unfortunately, successful products such as Rock Band can often become targets for baseless litigation. We have substantial defenses to this claim and intend to vigorously defend it.”
Konami is seeking cash considerations and an order that would block Harmonix from using the devices in question.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing more on this in the coming weeks, particularly with Rock Band 2 on Xbox 360 scheduled for a September release. It’s just surprising to me that they waited this long to file the lawsuit, unless they were looking to throw a wrench in Harmonix’s plans and pave the way for the release of Konami’s Rock Revolution this fall.
via MTV News