Here at Joystiq, we weren't too surprised when Konami decided to jump on the legal bandwagon
by bringing a lawsuit against the makers of Rock Band
for patent infringement. After all, the rhythm game has made roughly a gazillion dollars
and has component parts that bear at least a passing resemblance to Konami games like Guitar Freaks
(not to mention Karaoke Revolution
, which Harmonix helped develop, and the upcoming Rock Revolution
). That said, we're not the ones being sued, so our relative shock at the suit doesn't really matter. That said ...
"Konami's actions are extremely surprising," an MTV Games spokesperson told MTV News
regarding the suit. "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."
The full interview
includes more details about the lawsuit and information on the actual patents that Konami claims are being violated. Any budding legal eagles out there want to check them out and give an informed opinion on the merits of the suit?