Kalashnikov, accused of unlawful use of a computer game weapon project. Is the MP-155 Ultima plagiarism?

Kalashnikov, accused of unlawful use of a computer game weapon project.  Is the MP-155 Ultima plagiarism?The real world and the game world permeate more than we might think. Fans of digital shooters often start to be interested in weapons, as a result of which they choose paintball or practicing their skills at shooting ranges as a hobby. No wonder that in games we are so eager to reach for faithfully reproduced models of real weapons. It turns out, however, that the situation may also be the opposite. Namely, half a year ago, Ward B studio preparing the shooter entitled Oceanic, was to enter into an informal, verbal agreement with the weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov. The purpose of the contract was to create a real version of the weapon based on the digital EPM28 Mastodon model. The developer was to make the upcoming shooter famous and be recognized as a co-creator of the shotgun, while Kalashnikov was to receive design rights.

Half a year ago, Kalashnikov was to conduct informal talks about the production of weapons based on the digital shotgun from the game entitled Oceanic. The talks were finally interrupted, but the latest weapons of the Russian concern – according to the developers – resemble a digital model.

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According to Marcellino Sauceda, president of Ward B, Kalashnikov, represented in the talks by Maksym Kuzin, ultimately gave up further contact with the developer, even though Kalashnikov was the first to seek cooperation. As it turns out, after half a year of silence, Kalashnikov presented a new shotgun, designated MP-155 Ultima. According to the creators of Oceanic, this weapon is to be confusingly similar to the EPM28 Mastodon project.

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The Russian company has already responded to the developer’s accusations, claiming that the MP-155 Ultima project is its own and that the accusations are unfounded. Kalashnikov also bought a shotgun patent issued in Russia and the Russian Union of Designers, which confirmed the originality of the weapon. Studio Ward B has finally abandoned further judicial investigations, incl. due to the size of the Russian concern and geographic distances. Maksym Kuzin admitted that the said talks were in fact conducted, although he stressed that they were informal and non-binding.

Source: Rzeczpospolita


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