Friday, March 16, 2007


With what I'd like to call a Pre-Counter-Injunction, Take Two Interactive sued Jack Thompson on March 13th. You may know Take Two better as the people who brought you Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series.

A link to the PDF of the actual suit lies here:

For those of you who don't like to read Legal Jargon, I'll summarize it into simple terms.

Take Two is suing Jack Thompson to prevent him from suing them. I know, it sounds silly, but that is really exactly what it is. Previously, JT (Referred to as "He-who-must-not-be-named" on popular sites like had sued them for being a nuisance to society, and had been rejected time and time again.

Take Two's grounds for preventing JT from filing anything against them in the future is that he is trying to shut down their right of expression (First Amendment). They then proceed to say that if JT ever did win, the gaming industry would enter an irreparable period of self-censorship where ALL the game developers would then try to avoid being sued for their expressions of creativity. Take Two says this is a direct encroachment on their rights.

They then drop a long list of cases that have occurred in the past relative to this case.

Lastly, they say that JT has not pursued any of his previous cases, and seeks only to play around and cause financial harm to a company that is simply pursuing a freedom of expression that many other mediums of communication have obtained. They refer to violent books, movies and even newspapers.

And there you have it. Under the cover of Due Process and Freedom of Speech, Take Two is claiming JT has no right to attempt again to delay the release of the creative and expressive content of their games. They are also claiming that Florida's nuisance laws are silly, but thats kind of a hidden thing.

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