The legal battle between Marvel Entertainment and NCsoft has been settled. No changes to City of Villians
or City of Heroes
will need to be made. No terms were disclosed though but I expect to see NCsoft to really put heroes created in the likeness of Marvel characters to suffer some fate that won't allow them to come back in later issues.
Marvel Entertainment, Inc., NCsoft Corporation, NC Interactive, Inc., Cryptic Studios, Inc. Settle All Litigation
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 14, 2005--Marvel Entertainment,
Inc., NCsoft(R) Corporation, NC Interactive, Inc. and Cryptic
Studios(TM), Inc. are pleased to announce today that they have amicably
settled all claims brought by Marvel and all claims brought by NCsoft,
NC Interactive, Inc. and Cryptic Studios, Inc. The parties' settlement
allows them all to continue to develop and sell exciting and innovative
products, but does not reduce the players' ability to express their
creativity in making and playing original and exciting characters.
Therefore, no changes to City of Heroes(R) or City of Villains'(TM)
character creation engine are part of the settlement. The parties have
agreed that protecting intellectual property rights is critically
important and each will continue aggressively to protect such rights in
accordance with all applicable laws. While the terms of the settlement
were not disclosed, all parties agree that this case was never about
monetary issues and that the fans of their respective products and
characters are the winners in this settlement.