Category — Music/Audio Cases
Categories: Music/Audio Cases
A New York musician, Michael Tumbarello is seeking $12 million in damages for the alleged use of his song, King of the Mat" in THQ's SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 game. Among other claims, Tumbarello is seeking $3M each for copyright infringement, misappropriation of property and violation of New York civil rights law.
Dale's Comment: The clearing of rights to all intellectual property content is a critical and daunting task for all video game developers. This case shows the importance of this too frequently overlooked issue.
Game industry lawyer, Jim Charne discusses in-game music licensing and strategies. Music in games, as in motion pictures, consists of two components. These are licensed incidental soundtrack music, and underscore composed specifically for the project.
Namco America and Sony BMG Music Entertainment have announced that the companies have settled a complaint filed by Namco alleging that sounds from its video game Pac-Man were used in the song of a Sony BMG artist. Namco’s complaint alleged that the sampled portions were not cleared. The terms of the settlement were not revealed.