Krafton and NetEase are headed to court in San Mateo, California over a copyright legal battle that has been ongoing since 2018 (thanks GamesIndustry.biz).
The dispute was sparked by allegations that NetEase infringed on the copyright of PUBG with its titles Knives Out and Rules of Survival.
Krafton-NetEase Copyright Dispute Over Knives Out and Rules of Survival Heads to Trial
Although the two gaming firms settled and signed a confidentiality agreement in March 2019, Krafton later accused NetEase of breaching the settlement terms in October of the same year.
While the Knives Out publisher admitted to a “single, specific violation” in court, it claimed that the infringement was corrected voluntarily and was unlikely to happen again.
However, Krafton maintains that there were multiple breaches of the settlement agreement, leading to the ongoing legal battle. Despite this, a San Francisco Superior Court Judge suggested that the dispute may simply be a result of unclear wording between the two companies.
Moreover, the judge stated that PUBG had a “significant likelihood that it will prevail on the merits of its claims for breach of contract” in response to the settlement dispute. It remains to be seen how the case will play out in court.
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