Guitar Apprentice has sued Rocksmith developer Ubisoft over patent infringement which they are claiming violates USP 8,119,896. This patent, for a “media system and method of progressive musical instruction” was filed by the company back in October of 2010.
The company’s patent describes their functional concept in the following manner:
A method is provided for progressive musical instruction using a media system with processor-executable software modules storing musical performances each having a plurality of segments.
This isn’t the first time that Ubisoft has faced legal action in response to their game Rocksmith, as the UK band “Rocksmith” is currently in a legal dispute with the developer over the rights to the name.
While Rocksmith differentiates itself from games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band by taking a much more instructional approach, does the industry really need any more music rhythm games? Is the next evolution of the concept computerized lessons? Share your thoughts in the comments below.