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Jack Thompson vs. Mortal Kombat 89

Nate writes to mention the news that Jack Thompson has issued a cease and desist for the new Mortal Kombat:Armageddon title. Says Mr. Thompson: "It has today come to my attention that the newly recently Mortal Kombat: Armageddon contains an unauthorized commercial exploitation of my name, photograph, image, and likeness within the game." Thompson's likeness has appeared on websites in the game over the last few days as a result of his construction in the 'build-a-fighter' mode. His image is not actually a selectable character in the game, a fact he's chosen to skirt in his demands to Midway. If that's not enough Jack Thompson news for today, Game|Life has the video and commentary on Thompson's dressing down by the judge in the Bully case. Video courtesy of the Destructoid site.
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Jack Thompson vs. Mortal Kombat

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  • by Lostconfused ( 1019042 ) on Friday October 27, 2006 @01:06PM (#16611044)
    The two issues are a bit different. The characters made in city of heroes were infringing on the copyright that marvel has to them. While here, Jack Thompson's likeness is used without his permission. The legal issues made out of these two events would probably be somewhat different
  • by __aaclcg7560 ( 824291 ) on Friday October 27, 2006 @01:18PM (#16611224)
    Put up a website with Jack Thompson's "likeness" and list a whole bunch of generic "kill all the lawyers" joke. That should trigger a lawsuit in a hurry. After a lawyer was killed a number of years ago in California, the state politicians wanted to outlaw "kill all the lawyers" jokes and they were really offended that people were laughing at them for suggesting such a law.
  • by pianoman113 ( 204449 ) on Friday October 27, 2006 @01:18PM (#16611232) Homepage
    Jack Thompson is the greatest form of Astroturfing ever invented. Game companies hire Jack Thompson to publically denounce or sue them to generate publicity.

    It is absolutely brilliant.

    I need to go and get my JD now...
  • Re:"Celebrity" (Score:4, Interesting)

    by IcyNeko ( 891749 ) on Friday October 27, 2006 @02:30PM (#16612548) Journal
    There should be a, dedicated to making Jack Thompson mods for every game. .. which will last until JT finds out and has the site sued.
  • Re:"Celebrity" (Score:3, Interesting)

    by idontgno ( 624372 ) on Friday October 27, 2006 @03:28PM (#16613856) Journal


    1. Yes. But every public figure thinks they're the exception to this rule.
    2. Apparently, it's someone's fault, preferably the one with the deepest pockets and greatest publicity potential.
    3. Welcome to the world of civil litigation. It's wrong 'cuz I said so, unless the courts (and all subsequent appeals) say otherwise. And then I'll just sue again, in a different jurisdiction, for a trivially different cause of action. Lather, rinse, repeat, ???, PROFIT!
    4. A mad dog doesn't care that people think it's mad. It's mad, you see? It's too crazy to care that what people think. Or, probably, crazy enough to (in the immortal words of Adam Savage) "reject your reality and substitute his own", one in which he's a crusading hero and a lionized and adored leader of The Forces of Light.

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