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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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 124 481 17,865
MORTGAGES 127 530 20,565
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 44 2,689
BUILDING PERMITS 0 696 36,641
BANKRUPTCIES 51 261 11,425
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 139 5,848
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 90 6,804
MARRIAGE LICENSES 26 133 4,049