Harmony Gold has filed suit against Hasbro in federal court, alleging copyright infringement with regard to the Robotech vehicle Veritech Fighter VF-1. The suit alleges that Hasbro’s sale of a toy in a box labeled G.I. Joe and the Transformers – The Epic Conclusion infringes Harmony Gold’s rights to exploit the intellectual property. Harmony Gold obtained those rights in the 80s when it licensed the original three series that were re-cut to form Robotech, along with the merchandising rights to those series.
The suit asks for an injunction against further sale, any remaining inventory, that Hasbro recall any in the marketplace, any profits Hasbro made, plus additional damages.
Harmony Gold has licensed the Veritech Fighter to other companies, including Palladium Books, which will include Veritech fighter miniatures in its Robotech RPG Tactics game (see "'Robotech RPG Tactics: Defense of Macross Island'").
Posted by ICv2 on July 30, 2013 @ 1:27 am CT