Capcom is looking to protect its right to kill hordes of zombies in a shopping center. In a legal complaint filed this week (PDF file via The Hollywood Reporter Esq.), the game publisher asserts that "humans battling zombies in a shopping mall" is a "wholly unprotectible idea" under today's copyright laws.

The reason for Capcom's fair use claim reportedly comes from a draft complaint sent to the company (as well as Microsoft and Best Buy) by The MKR Group, who claim intellectual ownership of both Dawn of the Dead films. Capcom's filing notes that the company unsuccessfully tried to discuss the matter and that the game features a disclaimer that reads, "This game was not developed, approved or licensed by the owners or creators of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead."

It's time to conduct a very (ahem) scientific poll.

Is Dead Rising too similar to Dawn of the Dead?
Yes; in fact, all zombies that enter a shopping plaza immediately become property of The MKR Group1267 (17.4%)
Of course not, the disclaimer says it all. Why would a disclaimer lie to us?2195 (30.2%)
Did someone say Dead Rising 2?3807 (52.4%)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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