Guitar manufacturer Gibson's grand plans to sue Activision over its Guitar Hero series have been dashed, as the District Court for the Central District of California has ruled against Gibson, denying its patent infringement claims.
"Nope!" says the court.
"Guitar Hero controllers are toys that represent other items," reads the court ruling. "Those represented items-the controller's referents-are what any reasonable person in our society would recognise as "an actual musical instrument."
Gibson also has an outstanding lawsuit with Electronic Arts, MTV Games and Harmonix over Rock Band's use of guitar controllers. Expect that one to be ruled against too.