I probably shouldn't be writing this, as it may not be good for my friend and coworker Anthony Burch, but he's on his way to GDC and I can't get a hold of him. There is the chance that posting this will somehow negatively effect his ongoing lawsuit against Gaijin Games, the creators of Bit.Trip RUNNER, but I can't risk not getting this info to him ASAP. If someone reading this can tell him to read the site as soon as possible, thank you in advance. That would be a huge relief.
Anthony, it looks like you may not have acquired the copyright to the name and concept to Runner (the game we worked on together), so now you may actually be found at fault be at fault for using the name and concept, at least legally.
I'm torn about this. On one end, I still consider the guys at Gaijin Games to be some of my favorite game developers, and I don't want to ruin my working relationship with them. On the other hand, you're my friend and collaborator, and I don't want you to get screwed either. Also, if you get sued, are you going to make me pay your fines with you? I know I did a lot of the graphics for Runner, but I'm not sure that it's fair that I be involved with this legal stuff.
Anyway, past the jump is the email I got from Alex Neuse, CEO of Gaijin Games, forwarded from his lawyer. Anthony, please read this as soon as you can, and if it's not too late to get Runner copy-written, do so immediately. I don't like being caught in the crossfire like this.