A California judge has ruled in favour of Scratch DJ Game LLC, granting a temporary restraining order against Activision Publishing, ordering all Scratch intellectual property returned immediately.
Despite assurances on Thursday by Activision that the L.A. Superior Court saw no evidence of wrongdoing on their part, a judge today granted Genius Products and Numark Industries a temporary restraining order against Activision subsidiary 7 Studios, ordering the immediate return of all assets pertaining to the Scratch - The Ultimate DJ Game. The Court has also issued an injunction against 7 Studios preventing them from discussing game code or Scratch secrets with Activision or any other third party.
This all stems from a complaint from Genius Products and Numark Industries last Wednesday, alleging that Activision and 7 Studios had conspired to sabotage Scratch development in order to reduce competition for DJ Hero, Activision's own DJ title.
Reading through the transcript provided to us, it seems that the court did indeed state at one point that they saw no evidence of wrongdoing on Activision's part. The hearing mainly involved the return of intellectual property and source code; not the accusations of sabotage.