Marvel Enterprises Sues City of Heroes

The Associated Press reports that Marvel Enterprises is suing two firms behind role-playing game “City of Heroes,” claiming it allows players to make virtual characters that are too similar to Marvel’s heroes:

The lawsuit claims South Korea-based NCSoft Corp. and San Jose-based Cryptic Studios Inc. violated Marvel’s trademark characters in their game “City of Heroes.” Marvel seeks unspecified damages and an injunction against the two companies to stop using its characters.

The personal computer game enables players to design superheroes’ look and abilities and then battle against other players’ characters in a virtual city. Like similar so-called massively multiplayer role-playing games where thousands of players can be playing simultaneously at any given time, “City of Heroes” claims to offer a myriad of combinations so that no two players’ characters are exactly the same.

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Source: Associated Press