CORRECTED: Hasbro's Dungeons & Dragons IP Suit Marches To Trial

By Daniel Siegal (January 24, 2014, 9:11 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Friday pared down Hasbro Inc.'s copyright infringement lawsuit against production company Sweetpea Entertainment Inc. over a proposed Dungeons & Dragons movie, but said a jury would have to decide if the unproduced film's script violated Hasbro's rights.

Hasbro sued Sweetpea for copyright and trademark infringement in a complex case disputing whether the production company retained rights to D&D material after making one theatrical film and two TV movies based on the fantasy game. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee issued tentative oral rulings indicating she would deny Sweetpea's motion for summary judgment on Hasbro's...

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