News – Pinkertons go after Red Dead Redemption 2

The Pinkerton National Detective Agency has threatened to pursue legal action against Rockstar and Take-Two Interactive for portraying the Agency in its game Red Dead Redemption 2 and have issued a cease and desist letter. Rockstar has subsequently filed for an injunction against the Pinkertons, arguing that the portrayal of the historical Agency is covered by the First Amendment:

“Put simply, Defendants cannot use trademark law to own the past and prevent creators from including historical references to Pinkerton agents in depictions of the American West,” Rockstar has claimed to the courts.

Given the ample portrayal of the Agency elsewhere in popular media, it is hard to see the Pinkertons attempt to threaten Rockstar as anything other than the cash grab as which it has been reported.

Or maybe this is just the next step in their relentless pursuit of the Van Der Linde gang, perhaps hoping to find the last of its members hiding out in the motion-capture studio of Rockstar Games?