Remember the drama documentary from the BBC about the creation of Grand Theft Auto? Due to the in-progress film, Rockstar has filed a lawsuit against the BBC.
Rockstar was not involved in the creation of the film, and therefore is concerned about the use of its trademarks. In an official statement, the company said:
“Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series.
“While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.”
The BBC declined to comment on the matter.
Most of the GTA V lawsuits we’ve covered have seemed silly, but this one is much more serious. A documentary about the series is an interesting idea, but without Rockstar’s involvement, it could give an inaccurate portrayal of events.
We’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, what do you think about this latest turn of events?