Wednesday, May 9th 2012

Black Ops 2 Could Put Activision in Legal Trouble

Activision is already going at it in court with Jason West and Vince Zampella over their dismissal from Infinity Ward in 2009, but a clause in a Memorandum of Understanding filed with the lost wages and royalties suit in 2010 could affect the recently announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. According to Game Informer, Activision continues to hold the rights to the Call of Duty franchise, but Call of Duty games set in "modern day (post Vietnam), the near future or distant future" would be retained by Infinity Ward. With Black Ops 2 set in 2025, developer Treyarch put a lot of thought in the futuristic setting. An intellectual property attorney said that, if West and Zampella win their suit, Activision could be forced to pull the game, but a more likely scenario is money damages awarded by the court.

However, clause 4(D) at the end of the memorandum specifically states that if IW management (Ward and Zampella) are no longer employed by Activision, then the terms of the memorandum are no longer in effect. This seems to override any potential problem, but it is yet another issue that the court must rule on. With Black Ops 2 setting pre-order records, the game could be a cash cow for Activision. A ruling against the publishing giant, though, could mean West and Zampella would get prime cuts of that cow if the employment clause is not enforced.

Source: Shacknews
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40 Comments on Black Ops 2 Could Put Activision in Legal Trouble

#1
TheMailMan78
Big Member
The most depressing thing I have read since Goober died is the fact that Black Ops 2 is setting pre-order records. I don't wanna live on this planet anymore.
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Fourstaff
by: TheMailMan78
The most depressing thing I have read since Goober died is the fact that Black Ops 2 is setting pre-order records. I don't wanna live on this planet anymore.
At least post the picture!

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#3
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
I'm gonna LOL if the courts don't allow Black Ops 2 to be released.
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: FordGT90Concept
I'm gonna LOL if the courts don't allow Black Ops 2 to be released.
I'm gonna be watching this as close as I can.
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#6
Animalpak
We are not haters, we're just bored by the same soup we have from CALL OF DUTY...
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#7
RejZoR
All Activision games have one thing in common. They are all way too expensive and they don't seem to ever get cheaper. Up yours Activision...
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Fourstaff
by: RejZoR
All Activision games have one thing in common. They are all way too expensive and they don't seem to ever get cheaper. Up yours Activision...
And yet they still move millions of copies. Up yours! :nutkick:
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RejZoR
Guess i'm not stupid enough to follow the flock... what's so special about it to hold 80% freakin price after 4 years where allt he others get much cheaper. They are NOWHERE near as good as many others, yet they hold their value like golden sticks. No thanks.
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1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
If those guys win, I would refuse any money settlement, I'm sure they have loads of cash anyways. I would let it burn!
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: 1Kurgan1
If those guys win, I would refuse any money settlement, I'm sure they have loads of cash anyways. I would let it burn!
You sound like me now. :toast:

Irish by chance?
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Fairlady-z
God you guys will have me. I just got a new Panasonic 65" Plasma that I just finished burning in, and I have been gaming on my 360 like crazy because of my new home theater lol. I sure as shit will get this game just for that over the top easy to enjoy of the couch shooter experience... I hear there is a multi player to these games haha.
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Fourstaff
by: RejZoR
Guess i'm not stupid enough to follow the flock... what's so special about it to hold 80% freakin price after 4 years where allt he others get much cheaper. They are NOWHERE near as good as many others, yet they hold their value like golden sticks. No thanks.
Easy to make money off sheeple :D

by: Fairlady-z
God you guys will have me. I just got a new Panasonic 65" Plasma that I just finished burning in, and I have been gaming on my 360 like crazy because of my new home theater lol. I sure as shit will get this game just for that over the top easy to enjoy of the couch shooter experience... I hear there is a multi player to these games haha.
On couch when your brain is turned off = enjoyable
On PC when your brain is engaged = terrible terrible game

So you burned in your new Panasonic 65". Enjoy that crosshair in the middle all the time lol.
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#15
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
by: TheMailMan78
The most depressing thing I have read since Goober died is the fact that Black Ops 2 is setting pre-order records.
Really? Man that is just sad. :shadedshu
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1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: TheMailMan78
You sound like me now. :toast:

Irish by chance?
lol, it's my hate for COD, not many things get me going, but thats one. And I can assume these guys must hate Activision after they nurtured a franchise to fame (granted it took a turn I didn't like), then got canned basically because they make too much money. If that was me and I was given the opportunity to basically make them throw away a game they have millions invested in, I would take that chance in a heart beat.

A small bit Irish, mostly Finn and Swede.
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: 1Kurgan1
lol, it's my hate for COD, not many things get me going, but thats one. And I can assume these guys must hate Activision after they nurtured a franchise to fame (granted it took a turn I didn't like), then got canned basically because they make too much money. If that was me and I was given the opportunity to basically make them throw away a game they have millions invested in, I would take that chance in a heart beat.

A small bit Irish, mostly Finn and Swede.
I just like to watch things burn.
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Fairlady-z
by: Fourstaff
Easy to make money off sheeple :D



On couch when your brain is turned off = enjoyable
On PC when your brain is engaged = terrible terrible game

So you burned in your new Panasonic 65". Enjoy that crosshair in the middle all the time lol.
When you buy a Plasma TV it is very crucial you burn in the screen evenly. What I did is I ran a 100 hour solid color slide show and than added the corresponding settings from this fella who tunes TV's. The picture ended up being awesome, and games look even better now.
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theoneandonlymrk
by: RejZoR
Guess i'm not stupid enough to follow the flock... what's so special about it to hold 80% freakin price after 4 years where allt he others get much cheaper. They are NOWHERE near as good as many others, yet they hold their value like golden sticks. No thanks.
there isnt anything special, just activision are miserable riseable bastards who wring every penny out of their fans, i was one, modern warfares good for a mindless half hour of dieing now and again but the fact that they are all the same and some people have now spent half their life playing the same shit ,verses my occasional half hour makes me utter turd at it:shadedshu im more of a racer anyways.
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#20
Cold Storm
Battosai
I'm going to watch it closely.. But, after I read an article about who they got to help with the game... I don't care if I never buy a COD game again..


:article I'm talking about:
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Cold Storm
I'm going to watch it closely.. But, after I read an article about who they got to help with the game... I don't care if I never buy a COD game again..


:article I'm talking about:
I cannot confirm nor deny I like Oliver North. (80's joke)

However I don't think the writer of the article was old enough to wipe his ass during the 80's and there is WAY more to the Iran contra then he is leading younger readers to believe. I'm not gonna derail this thread or get into some major debate but Oliver North being a spokes person for CoD is funny as hell.
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#22
D007
by: TheMailMan78
The most depressing thing I have read since Goober died is the fact that Black Ops 2 is setting pre-order records. I don't wanna live on this planet anymore.
IKR, these games make people dumber and they set sales records. The series has never attracted me.. Yay, point, boom, teabag dead guy, game over. lame..
If I wanted to run around aimlessly, listening to 12 year olds, shout like little girls. I'd go hang out at a elementary school. No tx.. :nutkick:
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#23
bongpack05
This game looks like garbage hopefully it gets cancelled now where's blood 3,redneck rampage 2 or shadow warrior 2.
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theoneandonlymrk
by: D007
IKR, these games make people dumber and they set sales records. The series has never attracted me.. Yay, point, boom, teabag dead guy, game over. lame..
If I wanted to run around aimlessly, listening to 12 year olds, shout like little girls. I'd go hang out at a elementary school. No tx..
to be fair the pc version seems devoid of conversation during matches, ive never heard anyone in it ( hardly ever plug a headset in tho) and clearly some people are enjoying its casual playing nature, i personally treat it as a casual game, i still havent finished m3's 1 player whereas other ,Proper games get hammered by me till they are done ala crysis ,portal 2, farcry, batman , dirt(anything bar showdown) etc

I still am baffled by their debate , but dont really care as im sick of the same stale engine and game locals time after time anyway, its time for a change
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#25
AsRock
TPU addict
by: RejZoR
All Activision games have one thing in common. They are all way too expensive and they don't seem to ever get cheaper. Up yours Activision...
And shorter
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