Atari Sues Websites Over Pre-Release Reviews Of Games

from the what's-illegal-here? dept

Slashdot points us to the news that Atari has started suing various websites that posted reviews of new games prior to the release date of the games. The reviews are negative, but the real problem, according to Atari, is that there was a press embargo on reviewing the games, and if someone has a copy of the game prior to the embargo and hasn't agreed to the embargo, then it's clear that they pirated the game. At least one site has explained that it purchased the game legally from a retail source who mistakenly sold the game before the release date -- which would suggest the problem is with the retailer, not the reviewer. No matter what, the whole thing seems ridiculous. Suing those who review your games (even if the reviews are not good or if the reviews come out early) is a sure way to make sure many sites refuse to review anything you do again.
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Filed Under: pre-release, reviews, takedowns, video games
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  1. identicon
    Kris from Alaska, 24 Jun 2008 @ 11:09am

    Atari Shot Down

    Why can't a dying game company just die? It amazes me how ignorant people of corporations in the gaming/motion picture/music industry are these days. If you even casually glance at the news buzzing around in the blogsphere, you know you should actually consider alternate routes than to just throw your lawyers at any problem you come across. All you end up with is a lawsuit that gets thrown out and a severe backlash from your consumers. Masochistic business management seems to be the rule of thumb lately.

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