The Pokémon Company International (TPCi) recently filed a lawsuit against two Seattle residents, claiming that their planned Pokémon-themed party is in breach of copyright.
And it’s not the first Pokémon party they’ve had!
Seattle residents Ramar Larking Jones and Zach Shore were attempting to host the “5th Annual Unofficial Pokémon PAX [PAX Prime gaming convention] Kickoff Party” at 500 East restaurant and bar, before they were forced to cancel.
TPCi’s complaint cites the event’s poster, Facebook promotion, and all other promotion as infringing elements as they used images of Pokémon characters Pikachu and Snivy. The event was also going to feature, “Pokémon themed shots and drinks, Smash Bros. Tournament with cash prize, dancing, giveaways, a cosplay contest and more,” as well as an “AMAZING POKEMON MASHUP”.
TPCi is seeking damages, attorney’s fees and to put an end to future events.
[Is it just me… or did this sound like it was going to be an amazing party?]