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Rifts Lawsuit Settlement? Call Your Shot.

Good afternoon, dear Internet. It appears that it may be a great day for fans of Rifts, but we don’t yet know any details. It was reported today on the amazing livingdice.com that the Trion Worlds versus Palladium Books legal battle may have finally come to a close. If you’re just joining us and don’t want to go through the whole story as I lay it out…

Trion Adding Insult to Injury?

Trion is now just trying to mess with Palladium’s collective head. I just read over at mmorpg.com about the new character class for Rift: Planes of Telera, the upcoming MMO game that has resulted in legal battles with Palladium Books. What’s this new class? The Rift Walker. Of course, to fans of Palladium’s Rifts RPG, this invokes the imagery of the iconic Ley …

A Palladium Fan Boycott Of Trion? Not So Fast

For weeks now, we’ve been following the legal struggle between traditional RPG publisher, Palladium Books, and the up-and-coming MMO developer, Trion Worlds. The issue at hand? The rights to the title, “Rift” for a video game. I won’t relive the whole saga here and now, but if you want to catch up, you can view all of the relevant posts about it here . …

Palladium Fires Back At Trion Over Rifts Trademark

News, news, and more news out of the battle over the rights to the name “Rifts” in the video game world. Trask at livingdice.com continues to rule over this story, posting legal goodness and keeping everyone up to date, so I’ll refer you to him for the broad stroke. He presents it far better than I would, and I’d hate to step on his …

Trion Renews Legal Assault Over Rifts

The hits keep on coming, don’t they? I spent much of the weekend wondering how Palladium would respond to the news that the Michigan courts dismissed its lawsuit against Trion Worlds over the name of their new MMO, Rift: Planes of Telera. Palladium, as I’m sure you’re aware, publishes the traditional tabletop RPG, Rifts. Now, all of my speculation is for nothing, as Trion…

Palladium’s Lawsuit Dismissed By Judge

Palladium Books was dealt an incredible blow today as a Michigan judge dismissed the lawsuit against Trion Worlds. Palladium argued that Trion’s new MMO, “Rift: Planes of Telera,” infringed on its trademark on Rifts for use in video games. Here is the final portion of the decision : For the reasons stated above, the Court grants Trion’s motion to dismiss under Fed. R.

Part 2 of NERD FIGHT! The Rifts Trademark Battle

Welcome back, one and all. Just a brief recap, for anyone with a short memory or who happened to miss Part 1 of this discussion . In the ongoing legal battle between Palladium Book (publisher of the Rifts RPG) and Trion Worlds (publisher of the upcoming Rift: Planes of Telera MMORPG), there have been some haymakers thrown. Some have hit for crushing …

Is Palladium’s Rifts Trademark Legit?

This is just a quick hit as I write tomorrow’s blog post. This bit of information doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the article, but I felt like this was an important distinction. When I read Palladium’s Rifts trademark as it applies to movies, which you can read here , I started to wonder if it really was intended to cover a video game, or simply…

NERD FIGHT! The Highlights Of Palladium Vs Trion

In some ways, when you step back and look at the Palladium Books and Trion Worlds battle over the right to name a game “Rift,” it’s a little silly. It’s a game, after all. Does it really matter? In a world where children are starving and wars are raging and BP is trying to give Mother Earth a Jheri…

Bad News For Palladium?

Cue the dramatic music. Trion Worlds has come out swinging against Palladium’s legal actions against their new MMO, Rift: Planes of Telera . A day ahead of their meeting before a judge, Trion has finally responded to Palladium’s allegations. Thanks to

Judge Rules On Rifts Restraining Order

There has been a development in the legal battle between Palladium Books and Trion Worlds over the software developer’s new MMO, Rift. If this is the first you’re hearing about this, be sure to check out the original post for the story on the origin of the lawsuit, and my thoughts as a Rifts author. Apparently, Palladium also asked for a restraining …

Palladium Sues MMO Developer: A Rifts Author’s Thoughts

I first read yesterday morning about Palladium’s lawsuit against Trion Worlds over their new name for an MMO in development: Rift: Planes of Telara . Palladium Books, as I’m sure you know, has been long-publishing the very popular and often maligned tabletop RPG, Rifts. That’s basically all there is to the story, that the new MMO shares a name with Palladium’s flagship title. There are other blogs…