Marvel/NCsoft litigation settled

No changes will result to City of Heroes/City of Villains, but the terms of the settlement aren’t disclosed.

From the (brief) press release:

Marvel Entertainment, Inc., NCsoft Corporation, NC Interactive, Inc., Cryptic Studios, Inc. Settle All Litigation

AUSTIN, Texas, December 14, 2005—Marvel Entertainment, Inc., NCsoft® Corporation, NC Interactive, Inc. and Cryptic Studios™, Inc. are pleased to announce today that they have amicably settled all claims brought by Marvel and all claims brought by NCsoft, NC Interactive, Inc. and Cryptic Studios, Inc. The parties’ settlement allows them all to continue to develop and sell exciting and innovative products, but does not reduce the players’ ability to express their creativity in making and playing original and exciting characters. Therefore, no changes to City of Heroes® or City of Villains’™ character creation engine are part of the settlement. The parties have agreed that protecting intellectual property rights is critically important and each will continue aggressively to protect such rights in accordance with all applicable laws. While the terms of the settlement were not disclosed, all parties agree that this case was never about monetary issues and that the fans of their respective products and characters are the winners in this settlement.

{edit: Changed the date in the dateline to 12/14.}

It is interesting how each major IP vigorously protects, (or doesn’t) its IP.

Compare Star Trek (history of direct fan participation) v Star Wars (history of cease-and-desist)

DC v Marvel

Firefly as the ultimate fan-driven/marketed IP


so I take it, Marvel lost the lawsuit, and Ncsoft will still allow people to use the character costume maker.

No, what this means is that there will be no lawsuit.