I don't know anything about how the laws work concerning this topic, so I refrain from comment on this one.
The new project from "The Shawshank Redemption" director Frank Darabont was going to air on TV with the title "L.A. Noir." But apparently, publisher Take-Two Interactive had a big problem with that.
As most of you know, Take-Two put out the Team Bondi-developed game, L.A. Noire , back in 2011. And in speaking to i09 , Darabont said Take-Two threatened to sue him if he named his new show "L.A. Noir." You may notice that Darabont's title doesn't have an "e" at the end of it, but that didn't dissuade Take-Two:
"Yes, it was going to be called L.A. Noir, based on the book by John Buntin. But the video game company with the video game called L.A. Noire (with an e!) threatened to sue the shit out of me, TNT, every company that actually ever worked in Hollywood. And they have the billions of dollars to back it up, apparently. So we're changing the title, and I do believe the title is going to be Lost Angels."
"Apparently?" Nobody in movies or TV has any clue about how big the video game industry is today, do they? Well, anyway, Darabont's show is set in 1947 Los Angeles, which is the same time as the game, so it's another reason for Take-Two to be annoyed. By the way, the show is now going to be called "Lost Angels" and it'll come to TNT eventually. So if you liked the game, you might enjoy the show.
Related Game(s): L.A. Noire