from the hard-to-be-a-rock-star dept.
FCifaldi writes "In response to yesterday's report of Guitar Hero publisher RedOctane filing a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit against The Ant Commandos over their wireless PlayStation 2 guitar peripheral, the controller manufacturer has responded with a countersuit of their own."
From the article: "TAC filed its counter claim in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against both Activision and RedOctane, alleging that both companies are violating Federal Antitrust legislation pertaining to the Guitar Hero game and controller bundle. In addition, the counter claim goes on to allege that both Activision and RedOctane 'copied the identifiable trade dress of the controller from its developer and part owner of TAC, Topway Electrical Appliance, Co.' ... More specifically, the complaint alleges that the controller's design was copied by RedOctane (including its color, shape, and placement of the five fret buttons located on the controller), and that RedOctane developed Guitar Hero 'around Topway's identifiable trade dress.'"
No hardware designer should be allowed to produce any piece of hardware
until three software guys have signed off for it.
-- Andy Tanenbaum