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Gibson: 'Guitar Hero' maker violating patent

updated 04:45 pm EDT, Wed March 12, 2008

Gibson vs. Guitar Hero

Activision's popular Guitar Hero rhythm games are breaking the law, charges legendary guitar maker Gibson. The company has publicly accused Activision of infringing on a patent from 1999, which involves technology simulating a musical performance; in Guitar Hero, one or two players strum along on a simplified guitar, in time to on-screen notes. Reuters notes that Activision denies any wrongdoing, and is in fact asking the US District Court for Central California to render Gibson's patent invalid.

The conflict represents an unusual turn for Gibson, as it previously appeared to have a friendly relationship with Activision; its products can be found in the series, and the Wii, Xbox and PlayStation controllers for Guitar Hero III are all modeled after one of Gibson's signature instruments, the Les Paul.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why I want a Fender!

    All the more reason for a Fender Strat or Jazz Bass controller!

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i think

    playing air guitar on a toy far precedes the filing of Gibon's patent...

  1. IronHorseTamer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's just a video game

    just because the controller looks a little like a guitar, it's just a musical version of whack-a-mole.

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