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Real-life Pinkertons withdraw complaint against Rockstar

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Take Two and Rockstar Games dismissed a lawsuit against Pinkerton Consulting Agency, that was filed earlier this year as the company has withdrawn its claims, that Rockstar had no right to use the term Pinkerton in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Earlier this year, a security company Pinkerton have sent a cease and desist notice to TakeTwo alleging that the publisher has no rights to use the term Pinkerton in Red Dead Redemption 2's story. 

If you played Rockstar's western, you'll know that Pinkertons are presented as villains who are fiercely hunting Dutch's Gang. The real-life Pinkertons - Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, claimed that they own the rights to terms which appear in the game and that Take-Two Interactive have infringed those rights by referencing the historical Pinkerton National Detective Agency, Pinkerton Agents and using the agency's historical badge in the game.

Take-Two and Rockstar filed a complaint in response to Pinkerton's cease and desist, arguing that the references they've used in the game are historical and that Pinkerton could not "use trademark law to own the past."

Red Dead Redemption 2 creators also claimed that Pinkertons were referenced in other media like Bioshock Infinite, the movie The Long Riders and TV series Deadwood and that Pinkertons are only trying to profit off Red Dead Redemption 2's success.

Today, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar have dismissed a lawsuit against Pinkerton, as the firm has withdrawn its claims. reports that Take-Two commented on the matter by saying that they won't continue legal action against the company.

"Take-Two can confirm that the present day Pinkerton Consulting & Investigation company has withdrawn its claims against Red Dead Redemption 2, and Take-Two will not continue legal action against Pinkerton," it's written in Take-Two's statement.

It's unknown if the two companies reached some sort of agreement or just decided that the whole thing is not worth it. Back in January 2019, Pinkertons demanded a settlement figure as a part of the cease and desist, but it also came to light that the company sought ongoing royalties from sales of the game.

Pinkerton are yet to issue a statement on the matter.

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