As if it didn’t have enough legal stuff going on right now, Epic Games is being sued by Stonehenge. No, not that Stonehenge, which everybody on the planet has heard of, but “Florida’s Stonehenge.” Why? Because Florida, of course!
Actually, the lawsuit comes from the minders of the rock sculpture Coral Castle, which bills itself as “Florida’s Stonehenge.” The suit alleges that an identically named area in Fortnite resembles it to such a degree that it’s a violation of the tourist attraction’s trademark. It goes beyond the identical names; as Polygon reports, the museum and the area in Fortnite both “evoke the feeling of a centuries old mysterious place.” In other words, even if Epic simply changes the name of the area, Coral Castles still wants a piece of the pie because the two are same-ish.
Whether that’s enough to actually secure a monetary claim for damages that the museum is hoping for or if it’s just an attempt to make a quick buck through litigation against an immensely popular product (like this) … well, I’m not a lawyer and can’t say for sure. But if areas in MMOs can be found in violation of trademarks because they “evoke the feeling of a centuries old mysterious place,” there are a lot of castles in Europe that will be lining up to take their shots.