Las Vegas, Nevada — In a story that could soon be making its way to TV screens across the world, a Las Vegas man has sued Sega for copyright infringement.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, accuses Sega of illegally distributing the original PlayStation, Sega Genesis, Mega Drive, and Sega Saturn gaming systems and video games to consumers.
Sega and the company’s subsidiary, Sega of America, were sued in 2009 and 2010 over alleged copyright infringement of the game systems and the Sega Mega Drive.
The suit is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Nevada and was brought by an unnamed plaintiff.
In the lawsuit, which has not yet been filed in court, the unnamed plaintiff states that he owns a Sega Mega-CD, a Sega Genesis and Sega Genesis-themed PlayStation console, and a Sega Saturn.
The plaintiff also claims to have downloaded and downloaded copyrighted content on the Sega Saturn and Mega-Cassette.
The lawsuit claims that the defendants violated the fair use doctrine, which prohibits the reproduction or distribution of copyrighted material for purposes that are unrelated to the original source material.
Sectors of the companies are scheduled to meet at a conference in Las Vegas on May 25.
The suit also alleges that Sega is infringing on its trademark and trademark rights for the names “Sega” and “Sonic” and the game console “SEGA Saturn.”
In a statement, Sega said it had not been served with the lawsuit.
The company said that it would cooperate fully with the court’s investigation and take any appropriate legal action against the defendants.