George Lucas Accuses Company Of Stealing The Force


Jul. 7 2010, Published 4:09 a.m. ET

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The force is not strong with Wicked Lasers.

Cinema icon George Lucas this week, via Lucasfilm Ltd., sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Japanese company, claiming their Pro Arctic Laser series is a rip-off of the light-sabers he made famous in his the six Star Wars films.

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"It is apparent from the design of the Pro Arctic Laser that it was intended to resemble the hilts of our lightsaber swords, which are protected by copyright," said a letter sent from Lucasfilm Ltd. to the Hong Kong-based company. The letter went on to say that the aforementioned item is "a highly dangerous product with the potential to cause blindness, burns and other damage to people and/or property."

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In response, Wicked Lasers CEO Steve Liu said, "would never use any comparison like that to Star Wars or a light saber or anything like that.

"Lucasfilm shouldn't be saying something like that," he said. "They're a big company that needs to protect their trademarks. Maybe they're having to look like they're protecting their trademark in case they need to protect it again later."


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