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VOL. 123 | NO. 57 | Friday, March 21, 2008

Gibson Guitar Sues Retailers Over 'Guitar Hero' Video Game

By ROSE FRENCH | Associated Press Writer

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Gibson Guitar Corp. is suing Wal-Mart and five other major retailers that sell the Activision "Guitar Hero" game, claiming it violates a patent held by the Nashville-based company.

A federal lawsuit filed Monday claims Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Amazon.com, GameStop and Toys "R'' Us should stop selling the game.

Gibson, which has a factory in Downtown Memphis, already has tried to stop video game publisher Activision from making the game, claiming it too closely matches a musical virtual-reality patent from 1999.

Earlier this month Activision filed suit in California asking a federal judge to declare the game does not violate the patent.

Wal-Mart officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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