The Pokémon Company, the business devoted entirely to managing all things Pokémon, has filed one hell of a lawsuit against the organisers of a PAX party that had been scheduled to go down last week.

As Motherboard reports, the Unofficial Poke‚Äômon (sic) PAX Kickoff Party is in trouble for two things: the first is using Pok√©mon branding and character images on its promotional material, the second being that the organisers‚ÄĒRamar Larkin Jones and Zach Shore‚ÄĒwere charging for tickets.

Which, OK, they probably shouldn’t have been doing! At least so blatantly. A stern letter telling them to stop it and come up with their own party theme would probably have done the trick.


But nope. As you can see in the suit here, The Pok√©mon Company are going after these guys. They‚Äôre looking for statutory damages ‚Äúwithin the higher range allowed‚ÄĚ by law, the recovery of ‚Äúattorneys‚Äô fees and costs of suit‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúthe actual damages suffered by TPCi as a result of Defendants‚Äô infringement, and any profits of Defendants that are attributable to the infringement‚ÄĚ, which in English means ‚Äúall the money they made from previous editions of the party, which have been running since 2011‚ÄĚ.

The Pok√©mon Company argue that their image has been hypothetically ‚Äúdamaged‚ÄĚ by these parties, oblivious to the actual damage a punitive lawsuit like this is doing. Events like PAX are crawling with acts of ‚Äúunlawful infringement‚ÄĚ against countless characters and series.


It‚Äôs called ‚Äúfandom‚ÄĚ.

To single out one party of Pok√©mon fans‚ÄĒand not just shut it down but go overboard in punishing its organisers‚ÄĒjust seems a total dick move.