Nintendo Sued Over Commercial Music
A recording from the 1993 Quentin Tarantino flick True Romance has been illegally played in an advertisement for Paper Mario.
Morgan Creek Productions filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Nintendo of America for playing a song composed by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer during a 2004 commercial for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
The filing reads:
"Sometime within the past three years, [Nintendo] used the sound recording of 'You're So Cool' without authorization in a television advertisement for the Nintendo 'GameCube.'
"Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that [Nintendo] also used the sound recording at issue herein in other forum in order to generate sales for their product."
One week later, the suit was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff for undisclosed reasons. Wording in the lawsuit claims a commercial was aired "sometime within the past three years", despite the game's release in October 2004. The Paper Mario game was not mentioned in the lawsuit, but is the only Nintendo commercial to have used the track in question.
it took them 4years to get round to sueing & they go & mess up the smallprint in their suit? muppets :-P
So Tony Scott commits suicide barely a week before Nintendo decides to use music from a film of his in a commercial ... Strange how you barely hear about something for ages, and then suddenly it appears in two entirely different contexts.