Guitar Hero Gets Sued By Gibson

March 13, 2008 By:
Guitar Hero Gets Sued By Gibson

Nationwide, relationships are failing, grades are dropping, and sleep is being deprived because of one little game called Guitar Hero. It's become everyone's favorite hobby, whether you're at a get together with friends, or just nerding out in your living room.

But Gibson Guitar Corporation are the cops that are busting up the party. Gibson's 1999 patent covers a virtual-reality device that included a headset with speakers and that simulated participating in a concert, according to a complaint filed on Tuesday by Santa Monica, Calif.-based Activision in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Gibson is trying to get Activision, the company that sells ''Guitar Hero'', to halt production of the product until it gets a license under the patent, according to the complaint. But Activision says it doesn't want or need a license under the patent.

Guitar Hero has become such a huge phenomenon, generating 90 percent of Activision's profits for their last quarter. Gibson winning this case would mean a huge blow to their company.