Pokémon Company Goes After Dallas-Based Beckett Media Over Trading Cards Guides
Which is where Nintento subsidiary Pokémon Company International comes in: At the end of last week in Dallas federal court, the Bellevue, Washington-based company filed suit against Beckett claiming that for years it's been violating Pokémon's copyright by publishing those monthly price guides, which contain reproductions of hundreds of cards. Pokémon says it's been back-and-forthing with Beckett for years over the price guide to no avail. It filed suit because, well, the online outpost is the last straw since it "receives a commission, calculated as a percent of the sale price, from each sale transacted through the Beckett Marketplace."
A message has been left for Beckett PR, but it's clear from the pleadings that the suit's really over the magazines. Which, I notice, you can no longer buy online from Beckett's virtual newsstand. Says issues new and old are "not found."