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Friday, April 12, 2019

Take-Two dropped its lawsuit over Red Dead Redemption 2’s Pinkerton agents

A lawsuit over Red Dead Redemption 2’s Wild West Pinkerton agents is ending quietly, with publisher Take-Two Interactive and developer Rockstar Games dismissing a defensive complaint against the modern-day Pinkerton agency.

Take-Two and its subsidiary Rockstar filed the suit in January, striking back at a cease-and-desist notice from Pinkerton, which argued Red Dead Redemption 2 had infringed on its trademark. The publisher wanted a court to rule that its use of the Pinkerton name — as part of a game that emphasizes historical accuracy — was fair use. But notes that the suit was dropped today, apparently ending the dispute.

The Pinkerton National Detective Agency is a staple of Western fiction, reflecting its real role in...

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