The trademarks of one of the most notorious copyright trolls are no

first_imgFor the uninitiated, Tim Langdell founded Edge Games in 1990, which incorporated the properties of his former company, Softek Software, which he founded ten years prior. Amazingly, Edge Games didn’t release a game from 1994 to 2009. Thanks to Langdell, the company managed to stay afloat for those 15 years because of aggressively copyright trolling just about anything that contained the word “edge.” No edge-based game title was safe, and Langdell even went after mega-giant Electronic Arts when the company developed Mirror’s Edge.Ridiculously, Langdell claimed he owned the rights to the word “edge” in the whole of the video game industry, and went after just about anything in or related to the industry that contained the word or similar phrasing. Now, Langdell’s terror has been put to an end. Back in 2010, a judge in the U.S. District Court ruled that Langdell’s trademarks weren’t valid anymore, but it took until a couple of days ago for the ruling to be put into effect.Langdell’s reach spread far and wide, and Mirror’s Edge wasn’t the only high-profile game that was drawn into his sprawling grasp. Soul Blade, the first in the Soulcalibur series, was actually called Soul Edge, but Langdell’s silly trolling was somewhat responsible for the name change when the title hit Western shores. When Mobigames released the iPhone game Edge back in 2009, Langdell got the game taken down from the App Store, which thrust him back into the forefront of the gaming news cycle. However, when Langdell went after EA, the company alleged that he falsified documents and made false claims in order to further his copyright trolling. This was more or less found to be true by the court.Now, Langdell’s copyright trolling is officially no more, and he’ll have to use his game development company to develop games in order to stay afloat.Now read: Something similar actually happened between Bethesda and Mojang over Scrollslast_img read more