‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Universal Movie & Hasbro Get Counterclaim From Producer

The legal maneuvering over who actually owns movie rights to Dungeons & Dragons has gone to another level. Months after Hasbro filed a copyright and trademark infringement complaint against Sweetpea Entertainment, the defendant counterclaimed last week. And they were not too nuanced about it: “Sweetpea has the sole, exclusive right to make a Picture, i.e. a live-action motion picture based in whole or in part on the Property,” said the 102-page filing made by the company’s lawyer on September 3 (read it here). Like Hasbro, Sweetpea also demands a jury trial in the case. On September 5, the U.S. District Court set a March 25, 2014 trial date. Hasbro sued Sweetpea in a five-claim complaint on May 14 of this year. Of course, Sweetpea had more demands, including damages, in its recent counterclaim to stop a D&D film from Universal going ahead. “That, as to all claims, Sweetpea be awarded damages, including its actual damages (or statutory damages for certain acts of copyright infringement, if Sweetpea so elects), Counter-Defendants’ profits, treble and punitive damages, as well as attorney fees and costs, in an amount to be ascertained pursuant to applicable laws,” the filing drafted by powerhouse entertainment attorney Patricia Glazer added. (more…)

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