Pokemon Company drops the hammer on unsanctioned fan party

The Pokémon Company International filed a lawsuit last week that shut down an unsanctioned Pokémon-themed party tied to PAX Prime in Seattle.

The company, which manages the multibillion-dollar Pokémon property outside Asia, on Wednesday sued the organizers of the for-profit "5th Annual Unofficial Pokemon PAX Kickoff Party," accusing them of copyright infringement, specifically citing the use of Pikachu and Snivy in promotional images. Ramar Larkin Jones, Zach Shore and Ruckus Productions are named as defendants in the complaint.

Vice reports the party, which had been scheduled for Thursday at the 500 East restaurant and bar, was quickly canceled; its Eventbrite and Facebook pages were also removed.

Purportedly sold out, the event promised Pokémon-themed shots and drinks, a Smash Bros. tournament with cash prize, a cosplay contest, dancing and giveaways. The party has been held each year before PAX Prime since 2011.

Accusing Jones and Shore of "blatant and willful infringement," the Pokémon Company is seeking actual and statutory damages, attorneys' fees and an order to prevent the defendants from further copyright violations.

Pokemon Lawsuit by Jacob Demmitt

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