Namco and Sony settle Pac-Man lawsuit
by Marcus Lai

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Namco and Sony BMG Music Entertainment have settled a complaint filed by Namco alleging that sounds from company's video game Pac-Man were used without permission in a song by a Sony BMG artist.

In the action, Namco cited the song "Game Over" by Sony BMG recording artist Lil' Flip.

The two companies issued a joint statement upon reaching a a settlement.

"Namco and Sony BMG are pleased to have resolved this matter and we look forward to continuing our business relationship in the spirit of our mutual respect for intellectual property."

Recording artists frequently use samples from other properties on background tracks, usually with permission from the original property owner.

Coincidentally, sound effects from Namco's Pac-Man were sampled in a track titled "Game Over" by Jive recording artist N'Sync in 2001.

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