George Lucas Brings Lawsuit to a Lightsaber Fight

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excelguru

A quote from their website: "At close range, this Class 4 beam will cause immediate and irreversible retinal damage."

Yeeeaaah... sounds like the perfect thing to have lying around the house. If you're not the one getting blinded (permanently, I might add) then you're the one getting sued for millions because you blinded someone else. Too much liability for my tastes.

I'm not a big fan of government regulation (far from it), but they should seriously require a permit to own something like this. A lot of buyers probably don't realize just how powerful a 1-Watt laser really is. They're gonna buy one because they saw the story on CNN, they have the funds and they wanna brag to their friends that they own one. Very dangerous. I'll pass.

But they do make other very nice (and MUCH less powerful) lasers that I wouldn't mind owning. Class IV in the hands of the general populus is just stupid.

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mesiah

Uh oh, its a cylindrical tube that looks somewhat electronic in nature with light coming out the end! I hear they are sueing mag-light next. While I admit they probably took some inspiration from the light sabre, I don't think it resembles any one design.

More importantly, what in the hell would you do with something like this? I can't think of any practical use. It is sure as hell not a toy. This is as much of a toy as a loaded gun. All you would need is to be waving it around doing your luke skywalker impression and accidently nail someone in the eye with it. It wouldn't take prolonged exposure to cause lasting damage to your retina. 

Can anyone think of a practical use for this?

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Caboose

 Super villian outfitting their army of inept henchmen with these so that when the British government sends their super spy in to space and the US sends "space marines" in to reinforce the super spy, the ensuring space battle will look super cool, but ultimately prove fruitless as your orbiting space station ends up being blown to pieces.

 Or NASA could outfit their new space craft with these, so that when the Astronauts meet up with hostile aliens, they can have a fighting chance!

2-words... Johnny 5!

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Zachary K.

i guess it would be good for home defense, guns are so messy.

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whitneymr

But my .45 doesn't care if they protective glasses.

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bling581

It does most definately resemble a lightsaber and it may not matter (based on their copyright) if it has to look exactly like a current hilt.  With that being said there are more designs than you are probably aware of so it could very well resemble a current one.  I'm sure it covers not just the designs in the movies but also all the video games.

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Thiazolium

Although an interesting product, the product description on the website is riddled with disclaimers about its inherent dangerousness.  Phrases like "most burning", "most dangerous laser", "extremely dangerous is an understatement", "regulatory restrictions increase the difficulty to purchase Class IV
portable lasers." "immediate and irreversable [sic] retinal damage" etc. permeate the page. Despite the requirement of signing a disclaimer before purchase, my guess is that this company may have more to worry about from the populous at large than alleged copyright infringements. 

 

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JonPhillips

Interviewing Steve Liu, the CEO of Wicked Laser, today. But I don't intend to ask any questions about this silly cease and desist letter. Nope, I want to know when I'm getting the Arctic in the Maximum Lab! (For coverage in Maximum Tech.)

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Paul_Lilly

That'd be rad, for a number of reasons. If I can live vicariously through your coverage, I might save myself $200. I've come ridiculously close to hitting the order button.

-Paul Lilly

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grorc

Look, we are still pissed about the prequels you pooped out and so obscenely attached the coveted Star Wars labels to, that I am pretty sure going around suing people like this is not going to help anything.

 Heaven forbid someone actually come up with a hyper-drive.  I can just see it: Planet has capability to travel the stars, but all the ships are grounded due to copyright battles from a movie decades prior that thought of the idea first.

 hrm... I guess I know why we don't have flying cars yet. 

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Caboose

Dark Helmet: Prepare to attack! On the count of three. One... two...

[Eagle 5 suddenly blasts out of sight]

Dark Helmet: WAIT! What happened? Where are they?

Colonel Sandurz: [worried] I don't know sir! They must have hyperjets
on that thing.

Dark Helmet: AND WHAT HAVE WE GOT ON THIS THING, A *CUISINART*?

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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steakkills

I think copyrighting is just stupid its only there for lawsuits 

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Scootiep

Not to stand up for George Lucas because he's evil swill, but are you serious? You don't believe that any person who creates any form of art or literature is entitled to rights over what they produced? That may be one of the top ten most ignorent statements I've ever heard.

To start press any key...ohh, where's the "Any" key. - Homer Simpson

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steakkills

No i do think they are entitled to certain rights  such as them being acknowledged as the creator of anything but honestly the amount of lawsuits you see for things that are related now-a-days is unbelievable. You see things like apple suing nokia or which ever way it was over a goddamn touchscreen so what why can't the world just shut and deal with it for the better of species 

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mesiah

You are absolutely right! I'm going to go out tomorrow and start copying best selling novels and sell them. I will of course give some credit to the artist somewhere on the inside
of the dust cover. While I'm at it I'll do the same with some music. Once I make enough money with that I will start selling knock offs of electronics equipment. Maybe move my way up to creating knock off cars and planes. I can make a fortune by building and selling things that other companies have spent millions and millions on research and development to create!

Your right, do away with copyrights! Everyone should profit from others hard work!..... idiot....

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nHeroGo

I once looked into an optic fiber, and I saw some sparkling light for an hour. I've also heard rumors about powerful laserpointing equipment aimed at airplanes comming in for landing.

Imagine this in the hands of your neighbor's really bright teenage twins and how much fun they cause in school.

Secretly, I want one... because the prop looks like a light saber and not like a pen. Had it been made to look like a piece of organic bamboo, it would not be as interesting.  

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techparadox

"intended to resemble" != "does resemble"  Sure, their existing lightsaber hilt designs are protected by copyright, but as far as I can tell this thing doesn't look like any of the existing hilt designs (which, in and of themselves, are mostly iterations on a theme with only a few bits changed here and there).

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SYNK109

Looks really cool but doesn't resemble the Star Wars lightsabre much...looks like an evolved version of the dragon tooth sword from Deus Ex.

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ShadowDragoonFTW

They're referring to the hilt design, not the laser itself. The hilt is, unquestionably, modeled to look like a lightsaber.

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Rocketpop

My goodness, that thing looks insanely dangerous in the video. Not all that lightsaber-like, though, since the beam is so thin.

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