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Rise Of The Tomb Raider

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Release Date: Jan. 28, 2016

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'Rise Of The Tomb Raider' (ALL) Being Sued for Intellectual Property Infringement

by Rainier on July 24, 2017 @ 5:55 p.m. PDT

In Lara Croft's next chapter of her journey, she must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider.

After uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider. Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action.

In “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” Lara becomes more than a survivor as she embarks on her first Tomb Raiding expedition.

Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerrilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara becomes more than a survivor as she embarks on her first great Tomb Raiding expedition.

A massive intellectual property lawsuit from the owner and inventor of the MOVA Contour Reality Capture motion picture technology has expanded to include Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, and the producer and distributor of the Rise of the Tomb Raider videogame, accusing them of using stolen technology and infringing copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property in blockbusters Deadpool and Terminator: Genisys, as well as Crystal Dynamics’ critically-acclaimed videogame, Rise of the Tomb Raider, according to Hagens Berman.

The three new IP suits lobbed at Fox, Paramount, and Crystal Dynamics place millions of dollars on the line for the defendants. Deadpool, the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, earned more than $363 million domestically and $783 million worldwide. Terminator: Genisys grossed $89 million domestically and $441 million worldwide throughout its theatrical release, and the latest installation of the Tomb Raider videogame franchise has sold millions of units and received critical acclaim.

The suits are the second punch to some of the entertainment industry’s biggest players, following a lawsuit that was filed last week on July 17, 2017, detailing Disney and Marvel’s longstanding use of stolen IP to make three of their highest grossing motion pictures to date, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Beauty and the Beast (2017).

The latest intellectual property complaints filed July 24, 2017 against Fox, Paramount and Crystal Dynamics dive deeper into the alleged widespread unauthorized use of the MOVA Contour technology, revealing that the three knowingly used its revolutionary patented and copyrighted capabilities – rightfully owned by Rearden LLC, a plaintiff in the suits – to forge their biggest successes. The IP includes a computer program, arc-shaped Contour camera and lighting rig, synchronized cameras at multiple angles, and specially mixed phosphor-based makeup used to capture thousands of control points on the actor’s face.

The MOVA Contour technology at the core of the lawsuit has been used previously in films to capture the most subtle facial performances from actors such as Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk in The Avengers, Daniel Radcliff and Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 and 2, and many other blockbuster movies.

The software output permits visual effects studios to project the actors’ captured facial performances onto computer generated (CG) faces bringing the CG characters to life. MOVA Contour enabled studios to show Brad Pitt as an 87-year-old man in Benjamin Button, project Mark Ruffalo’s facial performance onto the Hulk’s face in Avengers, show Jeff Bridges as he had appeared almost 30 years ago in TRON: Legacy, and transform Rupert Grint’s face into Daniel Radcliff’s in Hallows. Button, TRON: Legacy, Avengers, Hallows 1 and 2, and ten other films that hired Rearden for facial motion capture have collectively earned major motion picture studios $9.5 billion worldwide in box office alone.

The lawsuits, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, follow a years-long series of infringed copyrights, patents, and trademarks after the company supplying the technology to the defendants stole it outright from a secured storage facility. In the complaints, Rearden brings claims that Fox, Paramount, and Crystal Dynamics actively infringed its Contour software copyright and its MOVA trademark when they contracted with the thieves.

The lawsuits seek monetary damages, disgorgement of the defendants’ profits on the infringing films and videogame, and injunctions prohibiting defendants from reproducing, distributing, and displaying the films on behalf of the Rearden inventors and owners of the MOVA Contour proprietary technology.

“We believe these defendants – Disney, Marvel, Fox, Paramount, and Crystal Dynamics – were all well aware that the MOVA Contour rig, Contour software, and related IP belonged to Rearden,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. “They either knew or they should have known that they were dealing with thieves when they used MOVA Contour technology in Deadpool, Terminator: Genisys and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

In 2012, a Rearden employee (Greg LaSalle) began secret negotiations with Digital Domain 3.0 (DD3), to sell the MOVA Contour system for his personal enrichment, without Rearden’s knowledge. A mysterious Chinese company affiliated with DD3 called Shenzhenshi then appeared on the scene claiming to have bought the MOVA Contour technology and to have licensed it to DD3. In 2013, “LaSalle had access to the secure storage facility where the physical MOVA Contour apparatus was kept, and assisted DD3 in taking the patented MOVA Contour physical apparatus and copies of the copyrighted Contour Program,” according to the lawsuit. DD3 then began secretly offering MOVA Contour facial performance capture services to motion picture studios and production companies, including defendants.

But it was all a ruse. LaSalle wrote to his attorneys that by having Shenzhenshi appear to have acquired the MOVA Assets and licensed them back to DD3, it would “be nearly impossible for Steve [Perlman] to go after them.”

Photographs in the new complaint show the exact apparatus developed and constructed by Rearden and stolen by DD3.

Key Features

  • Lara’s Journey – Lara uncovers an ancient mystery that places her in the cross-hairs of a ruthless organization known as Trinity. As she races to find the secret before Trinity, the trail leads to a myth about the Lost City of Kitezh. Lara knows she must reach the Lost City and its hidden secrets before Trinity. With that, she sets out for Siberia on her first Tomb Raiding expedition.
  • Woman vs. Wild – In “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” Lara battles with not only enemies from around the world, but the world itself. Hunt animals to craft weapons and scavenge for rare resources in densely populated ecosystems. You’ll encounter beautifully hostile environments, full of treacherous conditions and unstable landscapes that will require Lara to push her limits to the very edge.
  • Guerilla Combat - Use the environment to your advantage, scale trees and dive underwater to avoid or takedown enemies, configure Lara’s gear, weapons, and ammo to suit your play style from stealth to guns blazing, craft explosives on the fly to sow chaos, and wield Lara’s signature combat bows and climbing axe.
  • Return to Tomb Raiding – Tombs are back, and they’re bigger and better than ever. In “Rise of the Tomb Raider” you’ll explore huge, awe-inspiring ancient spaces littered with deadly traps, solve dramatic environmental puzzles, and decipher ancient texts to reveal crypts as you take on a world filled with secrets to discover.

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