IGDA Members Call for "Edge" Langdell's Removal

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HobbesMkii:
To be fair, I'd never heard of the guy until the iPhone App and then Shamus' article. But it does sound very much like legal extortion. Isn't there a law against frivolous lawsuits or something?

Frivolous? Sure.

Lawsuits where you're technically within your legal rights but you're being a huge dick? No.

Susan Arendt:
I am looking for investors in "Dungeon Fantasy 2 Software," a new company I'll be starting up.

I'll take two!

Anarien:
Does U2 have to pay this guy royalties?

I think U2 has been around longer. And I don't think he would sue even if that weren't true for two reasons: 1)U2 is big/rich/liked enough to fight back and 2)the fact that The Edge is only using it as his stage name puts Langdell on even shakier legal ground.

Looks like Langdell pulled a Jack Thompson.

Susan Arendt:

randommaster:

Susan Arendt:
I am looking for investors in "Dungeon Fantasy 2 Software," a new company I'll be starting up.

Wait...what?

While Tim didn't trademark "edge," he trademarked "The Edge," he has been very aggressive in protecting that name, moreso than was reasonable. While his possition as a board member of the IGDA made it hard to fight him, at least now we have some hope of beeing able to stop people like Mr. Langdell from being asshats about technicallities and making money without actually doing work. I hope he gets voted down and then gets sued by everyone he's been harassing over the years.

Well, he trademarked The Edge, supposedly to defend his company, Edge Games. I, therefore, will be founding Dungeon Fantasy 2 Software, and trademarking "Dungeon," "Fantasy", and "2". You know...to protect my interests.

Don't you do that by not getting bored of the things that interest you?

This will go two ways, eather the IGDA is worth a dam and they throw him out, or they are nothing but a bunch of corrupt self-serving arseholes who should be ignored or condemed in all they do.

I don't know which way it will go, after all they did elect him in the first place.

Dungeon Fantasy 2 has me realizing that I should follow my dream of starting a game company called Revenge of Dead Aliens: Vengeance. In order to make sure no one is incorrectly associated with me I'm going to have to trademark "revenge", "vengeance", "dead", "Aliens", and ":".

The best part will be when I sue LucasArts for Star Wars: Dark Forces V: Jedi Knight IV: Jedi Outcast III: Jedi Academy II: He's a Jedi already. and collect quintuple royalties.

Also, Dungeon Fantasy 2 sounds like a porn title.

orannis62:

Anarien:
Does U2 have to pay this guy royalties?

I think U2 has been around longer. And I don't think he would sue even if that weren't true for two reasons: 1)U2 is big/rich/liked enough to fight back and 2)the fact that The Edge is only using it as his stage name puts Langdell on even shakier legal ground.

I wasn't asking seriously, just poking fun. But yeah, U2 has definitely been around longer than this trademark.

Great! I hate assholes like him. Thinking that when you make art it's fully yours.

Also: Edge Edgington and Edgina Edgefree in the Edgy Edge!

Faith in humanity: +1
Sadly, when karma doesn't act fast enough, its time to take law to your own hands.
*loads shotgun*

Only in america.....

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Diablini:
Great! I hate assholes like him. Thinking that when you make art it's fully yours.

Also: Edge Edgington and Edgina Edgefree in the Edgy Edge!

He made art?

Susan Arendt:

Well, he trademarked The Edge, supposedly to defend his company, Edge Games. I, therefore, will be founding Dungeon Fantasy 2 Software, and trademarking "Dungeon," "Fantasy", and "2". You know...to protect my interests.

So you won't mind if I take "software" and all it's constituent words: so, soft, of, oft, war, ware, are and re?

dammit, if this had gone up last week, i would have joined IGDA.

Eleuthera:

Susan Arendt:

Well, he trademarked The Edge, supposedly to defend his company, Edge Games. I, therefore, will be founding Dungeon Fantasy 2 Software, and trademarking "Dungeon," "Fantasy", and "2". You know...to protect my interests.

So you won't mind if I take "software" and all it's constituent words: so, soft, of, oft, war, ware, are and re?

Oooo, clever counter attack there. Well played, well played.

I should trademark "EXTREME", "VENGEANCE" and "ADVENTURE". Hell I should even go against rpgs you can just trademark "Chronicles".

'Bout damn time, I hope no other bullies like him show up again.

It should be noted that the e-mail that supposedly was sent by the IGDA containing links to the survey has been identified as fraudulent by the IGDA itself at this time. That's not particularly good news for anybody that actually filled out the survey.

I've been a very proud member of the IGDA for a few years now - and still am! Issues like this are pretty touchy though. However, RollForInitiative is correct, that the e-mail that was sent out was fraudulent and spoofed as coming from the IGDA.

The survey is hosted by a real entity though, so... no one should be getting harmed because of signing it. I hope. There's a lot of people with very strong opinions, so it wouldn't shock me if it was just a very over zealous supporter of getting him removed that did it, without any harm intended.

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Know this face. Do not trust it.

This is the face of the man who sued an indie developer for using and English word and when they indicated they would change the name of their game... he then trademarked the name they intended to change it to.

I didn't think anyone could top Jack Thompson but this guy must be on a mission or something. What a slimy sleaze ball lawyer.

I didn't know Edge Magazine actually had to license the name from Mr Langdell here! Now I really don't like this guy.

Here's hoping he does get the (metaphorical) kick in the teeth he needs.

The interesting thing is that even if the email isn't "legitimate," its cause and the petition it linked to most definitely is. So regardless of whether or not the IGDA executive wants to stand behind it, it's job is done.

Bit more information on the IGDA disavowal here, in case anyone is curious.

That guy, is a walking kick in the face.

-Joe

Under "Cunt"(regd. trademark) in the Oxford English Dictionary, it has Langdell's face.
You can't just copyright a standard English word! There's a village near mine called "Edge" - is he going to sue every person that lives there?

How's about I trademark the words "Tim" and "Langdell" and whenever I see his name, be it on his desk, letters to him, from him or whenever he introduces himself, I fine him a million fucking dollars?

And while I'm at it I'll trademark every other word this greedy little dipshit ever uses. Which probably only consists of "SUE" and "THEM".

About time. That guy is an idiot and a douché. You can't legally own an everyday word for christ sake!

Good! It's about time someone took on this meathead.

What a douche.

It shouldn't be possible to copyright words that are in the Dictionary, which are spelt with normal capitalization.

Sure, if he was to create a trademark:

edgE

and then do a Prince and distribute his Squiggle to all the Newspapers, telling them to use this from now on with his permission when talking about his company. He could legitimately sue infringers.

He shouldn't be able to sue people just using Edge, edge or EDGE. That is silly.

Look, I could copyright and then aggressive sue anyone who used my word: the

'the' (c) Uncompetative 2009

He's like Gene Simmons.

They're both people that I would like to see lose most of their money. Maybe they'd gain some perspective.

Anarien:
Does U2 have to pay this guy royalties?

God I hope so. Maybe they'll stop ending up in commercials.

Karma always comes to those who live a life of an asshat and now it's coming to bite him in the ass.

I say if this works,just to make his life even worse he has to pay back all the money he sued people out of or force him to make a game to get his own money

Hooray.
I hate this guy!
He owns a word of the English Language!

Uncompetative:
It shouldn't be possible to copyright words that are in the Dictionary, which are spelt with normal capitalization.

Sure, if he was to create a trademark:

edgE

and then do a Prince and distribute his Squiggle to all the Newspapers, telling them to use this from now on with his permission when talking about his company. He could legitimately sue infringers.

He shouldn't be able to sue people just using Edge, edge or EDGE. That is silly.

Look, I could copyright and then aggressive sue anyone who used my word: the

'the' (c) Uncompetative 2009

i do believe you are correct about that. i think how he still keeps the trademark is he asks for such a low amount of money it's easier to pay him off then to actually challenge it in court.

then again it could also be that he tries and the lawyers for whom he tries to sue sends back a letter detailing how if he pursues he will lose the trademark in a court battle, so he withdraws the claim

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