Electronic Arts fights for your right to ride helicopters
If there's one thing that today's war games strive for, it's realism, modelers working countless hours to build up the game's environments and objects, trying to replicate the look of a real battlefield. The question though is whether Electronic Arts went too far in this quest for realism, with helicopter makers Bell Helicopter apparently not happy to see three of their real life whirly-birds appearring in the game.
Electronic Arts was apparently in talks with the company to settle the issue, though as the talks have apparently fallen apart, EA is pre-emptively suing parent company Textron, saying that free speech law protects them on this issue. As you may remember, EA won a much-needed victory in a similar case regarding their right to use the likeness of student athletes in their football titles. They believe that as the game specifically points out it is not endorsed by any of the manufacturers of objects found in the game, it is protected under fair-use laws.
This is actually a very interesting issue, and could set some very important case law for gaming in the future. For the first time in awhile I'm actually on EAs side? Weird.