Complaint on Harmony Gold Lawsuit Vs. Mechwarrior 5
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While the original Harmony Gold lawsuit versus the Battletech/Mechwarrior franchise was fully justified, the Warhammer BattleMech from the MechWarrior franchise has been approximately the same design since the early days of the BT/MW franchise, and we feel that Harmony Gold is pursuing a wrongful lawsuit, as they have had plenty of time to draw such comparisons and take action before.
Indeed, we are fairly certain that the Thor Battlemech design was extant at the time of the *first* Harmony Gold lawsuit, and request that they cease and desist. We are fully prepared to boycott Harmony Gold from this point on if they do not.
UPDATE:27/3/10 - 155 signatures, slowly getting there. Remember to read the blog for news and questions answered. 2 signatures have been deleted for spamming and excessive trolling respectively. No names named, but let's keep it civil, people!
My name is Jamie Thomas Durbin. I have been a big fan of both the Battletech/Mechwarrior and Robotech/Macross franchises, but I am currently sickened by the timing of this legal action. As I have stated, I am fairly certain they could have raised the Warhammer design in the first lawsuit, but did not. Therefore, I feel they do not have the grounds to do so, and am looking for fellow gamers to support me in this.
http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Warhammer - The Warhammer design from the BattleTech Wiki
http://www.robotechresearch.com/battlecry/mecha/rdf_mecha.htm#tomahawk - The Tomahawk destroid, which Harmony Gold claims the Thor/Summoner infringes upon.
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/MachWarrior-PC-Game-Harmony-Gold,8601.html - one of many news pages carrying the basic tenets of the Harmony Gold lawsuit.