DJ Hero Parody Game Mashes Up Some Legal Action

That's what a lawyer representing Universal Music Publishing Group told the creator of 8-Bit DJ Hero, which resulted in one of the year's best parody games being yanked off the internet.

8-Bit DJ Hero, developed by Eric Ruth, took the premise (and name) of Activision's mash-up music game and took it back in time to the 1980s, dumbing down the controls and slipping in a tracklist full of songs like Ray Parker Jr's "Ghostbusters" and Kenny Loggins' "Footloose".

While Activision seems to have been OK with the parody/tribute, Universal - who held the rights to some of the songs featured - was less accommodating. Despite protests that the game was free and that he was collecting zero profits from it, Ruth was still forced to take the game down, a final plea for reason met with the quote in the image above.

8-Bit DJ Hero Gets a C&D [PikiGeek]