Watch out! LucasFilm’s Will Sue You For A Lightsaber Battle

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This past week, the Lightsaber Battle event, made popular during the release of the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, recieved a cease-and-desist letter from LucasFilms for the use of “infringing words.” According to LucasFilms, the word LIGHTSABER is completely owned by Disney and cannot be used in any context, form or even in a silly charity cosplay event produced by fans. 

By avoiding any lawsuit, Kevin Bracken, co-founder of Newmindspace, had the “Lightsaber Battle” event rebranded to Cats in Space Tour

“In December 2015, we promoted four events as “lightsaber battles,” something we have done for 8 years without incident. In January 2016, we received a cease-and-desist letter from Lucasfilm’s attorneys, and we immediately stopped using the words “lightsaber,” “Jedi,” “Sith,” and “The Force.” However, in March we received further communication stating “The Light Battle Tour” and “light sword” were still too close to their trademarks, and we moved to settle the dispute to avoid legal action.” said Bracken

Last year, Newmindspace took California by storm breaking the world record for the largest “lightsaber battle” with 9,951 combatants in LA, San Diego, Seattle and with 2,000 in San Francisco. 


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