Posted on June 25, 2008, Jonathan Nintendo Sued (and Then Un-Sued) Over Copyrighted Music in Gamecube Ad
Apparently, a lawsuit was filed back in June 12th against Nintendo over an ad for a four-year old game that featured music from a 15-year old movie. The ad (shown above) was for the RPG, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, and it featured some cutesy visuals along with some cutesy music. Only problem was, that music was actually composed by Hans Zimmer for the 1993 film, True Romance. Thus, Morgan Creek Productions filed a lawsuit, stating:
Sometime within the past three years, [Nintendo] used the sound recording of “You’re So Cool” without authorization in a television advertisement for the Nintendo “GameCube.”
Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that [Nintendo] also used the sound recording at issue herein in other forum in order to generate sales for their product.
And then, just like that, the suit was dropped on June 18th. At this time, no one has any idea why they dropped the lawsuit in less than a week. It’s been so long since I saw the movie that I couldn’t say whether that’s definitely the same music. Still, it’s a little strange that this lawsuit is showing up just now.