Donkey Kong or King Kong?

One of the most famous legal battles involving video games took place in 1982 when a lawsuit was filed by Universal Studios against Nintendo for their portrayal of the giant ape Donkey Kong, which they believed was a copyright infringement over movie star King Kong. Ultimately, Nintendo held on and were awarded $1.8 million in damages, which for 1982 was a VERY considerable amount of money. There have since been many more legal challenges involving video games over the years, culminating in the current disagreement over the popular games Fortnite and¬†PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.


Can you think of any other video games that have taken inspiration from other sources which might be in violation of copyright law?



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