Courthouse News reported that Sweetpea Entertainment is now contersuing Hasbro over the movie rights to Dungeons & Dragons. The essence of Wizard of the Coast's parent company, Hasbro, lawsuit is that Sweetpea infringed on Hasbro’s copyrights and trademarks relating to the Dungeons & Dragons brand by developing a sequel to its 2000 film Dungeons & Dragons. Because Sweetpea's license depended on releasing a film sequel within a specified period of time, Hasbro claims the rights reverted to Wizards of the Coast. Specifically, Hasbro claims that the made-for-TV sequels to the original Dungeons & Dragons film do not constitute sequels and thus did not extend the life of the agreement.
Sweetpea's movie script is based off the game Chainmail, the progenitor to Dungeons & Dragons. That's too close for Hasbro's comfort, which they claim the Chainmail scrxipt has 1,500 copyrights in common with the D&D license.
Sweetpea's filing explains:
Defendants are without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth or falsity of the allegation that the Chainmail script is based upon elements from the Property. The allegation that the Property contains protected elements is a legal conclusion that does not require a response. Sweetpea admits that it has been working with Warner Bros to reach an agreement in principle to produce a Dungeons & Dragons theatrical motion picture with a yet-to-be-determined entity. Defendants admit that Sweetpea has stated that it has the right to produce and exploit and to license to others the right to produce and exploit a theatrical motion picture based on the Property.
See the list for more details on Sweetpea's argument.
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