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Battlefield 3 publisher EA has launched a preemptive legal strike as it prepares for a lawsuit over its use of helicopters in the game.According to court documents obtained by Kotaku, Electronic Arts and Bell Helicopter parent company Textron have been negotiating over Battlefield 3 use of three Bell helicopters, which Textron says is without permission. In the documents EA says that talks between the two have broken down, and the company expects a lawsuit.In preparation, EA has asked a federal judge to rule that EA's use of the military equipment is protected by the First Amendment and fair usage. EA has previously used this defense successfully in last year's likeness lawsuit brought by former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart.Here's hoping that EA wins and every military game doesn't have to license every single bullet casing, rifle, and mortar shell.
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Good Luck EA.... cause that would suck if everything has to be given a license agreement.
sounds like Bell helicopters just wanting some notoriety. I understand that in the game the helicopters will be blown up but can't we all just marvel at how *** good they look in the game? Why sue and slander a great game?
side note, Ryan Hart was a crybaby.
Aren't there NPC helicopters in MW1/2/3 too?
Now video games are working WITH the government and court
As much as I'm a big supporter of the First Ammendment and free usage rights, this does seem scummy on EA's end.
And let's not forget this is EA, the one's complaining about the used games industry. If they could steal or cheat any coin out of a company and shoot down rights they would in a heartbeat.
I get that EA has their stupid piracy policy but all in all they arn't the worst company. I think that goes to Activision.
oh how people love courts nowadays
For once, let's go EA!!
I don't see why this is an issue. If anything it displays the helicopter's prowess. Seems like it is all about the $.
Let's sue everyone!
When Turn 10 Studios wanted the Porsche in Forza 4, EA wouldn't let them because of some license. I hope they get sued.
I hope EA wins.
That seems really bizarre. Why sue them over the likeness of helicopters?
EA will likely win this. A verdict in favor of Textron would open Pandora's box which would allow every military equipment to sue game publishers like EA and Activision.