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Konami and Harmonix settle legal dispute

Copyright infringement cases dropped, terms of settlement not released

Konami and Harmonix' parent-company Viacom have reached a settlement in their long-running legal dispute over copyright infringement in Rock Band, Rock Revolution and Guitar Freak.

The case surfaced in 2008 as Konami attempted to sue Harmonix, MTV Networks and Viacom over the distribution of instrument peripherals with Rock Band, which Konami felt infringed copyrights registered in respect to its own Guitar Freak title.

Harmonix later filed a counter-claim against Konami, based on alleged copyright infringement of Rock Band in Konami's Rock Revolution. Both cases have now been dropped, with both parties agreeing to dismiss all claims and counter-claims.

No terms of the settlement have been made public.

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