A Los Angeles film production company sued Nintendo on June 12th, alleging that the console manufacturer used a tune from the movie True Romance in a commercial for the GameCube.
The suit, filed by Morgan Creek Productions in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff on June 18th.
The 1993 film was directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino.
The song in question is You’re So Cool, composed by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. The suit claims:
Sometime within the past three years, [Nintendo] used the sound recording of "You’re So Cool" without authorization in a television advertisement for the Nintendo "GameCube."
Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that [Nintendo] also used the sound recording at issue herein in other forum in order to generate sales for their product.
It is unknown why the suit was dismissed less than a week after being filed. GamePolitics is seeking comment from the plaintiff’s attorney as well as Nintendo.
The complaint does not make reference to a specific use of the song by Nintendo. However, this 2004 post from the Toon Zone forums makes reference to You’re So Cool being used in an ad for Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door.
UPDATE: Also, courtesy of comments left by GP readers Orange Soda and Anonymous, we’ve added the video of the commercial which apparently sparked the copyright claim.
Read the lawsuit here.