Monday, January 27, 2014

D&D Movie Going to Trial

Looks as if the trial date to determine who controls the rights to make the next D&D movie will go to trial March 25.  The presiding judge dismissed Hasbro's claims for direct infringement of its rights to D&D last Friday but allows the suit for contributory infringement and the countersuits to continue. 

Here's betting that negotiations continued and something gets worked out between the parties just prior to March 25. It the suit goes to trial, one side loses and neither side wants to be that one.  By setting a trial date, the judge has effectively said "This is the deadline for the two of you to work out your problems.  After that, I decide and it becomes more expensive for both of you."