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Rockstar Games Sues BBC Over ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Docudrama

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Rockstar Games Sues BBC Over ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Docudrama

Rockstar Games wants to bring the BBC’s “Grand Theft Auto” docudrama to a screeching halt.

IGN reports the game developer’s parent company Take-Two Interactive filed a lawsuit today in London that accuses the broadcaster of trademark infringement in its adaptation of David Kushner’s book “Jacked: The Outlaw Story of ‘Grand Theft Auto.’”

“While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project,” the company said in a statement. “Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.”

Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton, the 90-minute “Game Changer” (working title) chronicles the rise of Rockstar and its hit franchise, and company President Sam Houser’s war with crusading U.S. attorney Jack Thompson. The television movie began production last month in South Africa.

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