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​Pinkerton Withdraws Its Complaint Against 'Red Dead Redemption 2'

​Pinkerton Withdraws Its Complaint Against 'Red Dead Redemption 2'

Rockstar has dropped its lawsuit against Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations and Pinkerton Service Corporation and the private security firm has withdrawn its complaint against the game developer.

After the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, the Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations and Pinkerton Service Corporation filed a cease and desist letter against Rockstar. Pinkerton detectives feature prominently in the game, hunting you across Red Dead's wide lands. However, in response to the cease and desist letter, Rockstar filed a lawsuit against the Pinkertons.

"[Rockstar's] references to 'Pinkerton Detective Agency' and 'Pinkerton' in Red Dead 2 are protected by the First Amendment and do not infringe any rights held by [Pinkertons]," Rockstar's lawyers said in the brief. "The Pinkerton National Detective Agency is part of the history of America. Creative works about the American West are permitted as a matter of law to include such real historical events, figures, and businesses."

The Pinkerton companies were seeking both a settlement and ongoing royalties for its inclusion in Red Dead Redemption 2. However, it appears it got neither as in a statement provided to GamesIndustry Rockstar says "Take-Two can confirm that the present day Pinkerton Consulting & Investigation company has withdrawn its claims against Red Dead Redemption 2, and Take-Two will not continue legal action against Pinkerton. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a work of fiction set in the late 1800s that references historical entities active during that time."

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Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]