On Wednesday, The Pokemon Company filed a lawsuit against two people in Seattle for infringing copyright laws when they threw a Pokemon themed Pre-Pax Prime party and charged $2 for admission.
This was going to be the “5th Annual Unofficial Pokemon PAX Kickoff Party” and was supposed to be held at the 500 East restaurant and bar, but the manager cancelled the party and stressed to the Pokemon Company that the bar did not plan the event.
The party was planned to include Pokemon themed shots, dancing, a Smash Bros. tournament with a cash prize and even a cosplay contest.
Flyers were made using two copyrighted pictures of Snivy and Pikachu to advertise the event.
According to the lawsuit that was filed in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington on Wednesday states that Pokemon’s lawyers plan to “put an end to and obtain redress” for “blatant and willful infringement” and to stop future parties from happening.
When asked if the lawsuit would be cancelled since the party didn’t happen, a Pokemon lawyer refused to comment until he can touch bases with his client.
“5th Annual Unofficial Pokemon PAX Kickoff Party”
Now before you go and blame Nintendo for this, just remember that The Pokemon Company isn’t owned by Nintendo, although this does seem like a Nintendo-like move, doesn’t it?