Manchester United begin legal action against Sega and Sports Interactive

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  1. Calliers

    Calliers Is turning over a new leaf..... Staff Member

    Oct 12, 2004
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    British football team Manchester United have started legal proceedings against Sega Publishing and Sports Interactive, the publisher and developers of the long running Football Manager games.

    They alleged that the name Manchester United, which is trademarked, is used “extensively throughout the game”, and that the game has replaced the club’s official crest with a simple red and white logo. This “deprives the registered proprietor of its right to have the club crest licensed”, or in laymans terms, stops Man United cashing in.

    In response Sega and Sports Interactive have have said the name is used as “a legitimate reference to the Manchester United football team in a football context”.

    Manchester United’s barrister Simon Malynicz QC has said that players would “expect to see the club crest” but admits the case is “somewhat novel, and certainly in the context of video games, but it is certainly arguable”.

    “The claimant has acquiesced in the use by the defendants of the name of the Manchester United football team in the Football Manager game and cannot now complain of such use,” argued the defendants, in other words the name Manchester United has been in the game since 1992 and as club have not complained for 28 years they can’t decide to moan about it now.
    Source: thesixthaxis
  2. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

    Dec 18, 2004
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    Yesterday I read that MU finances are over 400M€ in the hole.

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