Taito Considering Legal Action Againt 9/11 Invader Artist

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Taito today said they are considering legal action against artist Douglas Edric Stanley and his "Invaders!" exhibition at the Games Convention and that it was produced entirely without their knowledge. Taito said that in fact the entire "Space Invaders: The Anniversary Show" exhibition by the Computer Game Museum Berlin was likewise planned and presented without their knowledge and authorization. "TAITO is seriously considering all available options—including legal actions against the infringer and, if necessary, the Games Convention exhibitor involved—in order to end this unauthorized and impermissible misuse of the Space Invaders content and to protect TAITO's intellectual properties." Taito does not address their take on the art and it's blending of Space Invaders with 9/11 outside the IP issue. I'm still waiting to hear back from Taito parent company Square-Enix. A press person told me that they do plan on making a statement.

DISCUSSION

Too many people reads too much in this.

So, art now is doing tasteless stuff just for the sake of it? If so, I have a different idea of what Art is.

Noone never did something like this before not because the guy is a genius, but because it's just bad.

I'm glad Taito is taking legal action, not only because the whole thing DESERVES it, but also because it shows Taito doesn't support bad publicity.

Maybe they already got what they wanted with all this and are posing now as the good guys, but it's nice they aren't supporting or defending it nevertheless.

But I guess people have different views on art. You know, some people might thing that making a cow sculpture made of dog feces and vomit would be good art. I don't.