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The Pinkertons are going after Rockstar for using their name in RDR2

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Players of Red Dead Redemption 2 will tell you that the Pinkerton agents are not ones to be messed with.

According to court papers that were obtained by The Blast, Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations sent a cease-and-desist letter to Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive, accusing the developers of making use of the agency’s name with the permission.

In the letter dated December 13, 2018, Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations (now a subsidiary of security firm Securitas AB)  asserts that the use of their trademark has established a false connection to the Red Dead franchise, despite the fact that their name was used without proper authorization, and it has resulted in damage to their reputation.

Pinkerton claims that “in the 1870s the agency worked with law enforcement to apprehend famous criminals across the country”, and that the presence and usage of the 165-year-old organization in RDR2 “is
likely to blur the distinctive character and tarnish the reputation of Pinkerton’s famous trademarks.”

Pinkerton also stated in the letter that they were willing to settle on a negotiated sum with the developers, and that they were also willing to proceed with a lawsuit claiming copyright infringement should that sum not materialize.

Rockstar, meanwhile, has hit back, arguing that the use f the term is within First Amendment rights. they say that “Red Dead Redemption 2”  is a “historically accurate videogame set in the Wild West in the late 1800s” and that “historical references are woven into the fabric of the game at every level.”

“The game’s reference to the historical Pinkerton National Detective Agency and its agents is but one of a myriad of ways that Red Dead 2 accurately portrays the historical Nineteenth Century American landscape,” Rockstar says.

As such, they’re free to use “Pinkerton Detective Agency” and “Pinkerton” without infringing upon any rights.

Last Updated: January 15, 2019


  1. HvR

    January 15, 2019 at 09:52

    Securitas AB worth $5billoin vs Take-Two worth $1.5billoin.

    So typical big international company vs other big international company; Take-two will probably just settle behind closed doors instead of getting involved on a multi-million dollar legal back and forth.

    Only one winning this one is the lawyers


  2. Sean Carbutt

    January 15, 2019 at 10:56

    So according to Rockstar, this is an “historically accurate videogame” .Ok, Explain the historically inaccurate pricing structures then?


    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      January 17, 2019 at 11:20

      Historically accurate. Not economically accurate.


  3. Admiral Chief

    January 15, 2019 at 08:30



  4. Dutch Matrix

    January 15, 2019 at 08:30

    First Lindsay/Lindsey/Whatever Lohan. Now the Pinkertons.
    If I were the Pinkertons, I would be happy for this level of exposure. Up until now, I thought they were a long dead relic of the US old West.


    • Admiral Chief

      January 15, 2019 at 08:34

      As did I


    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      January 17, 2019 at 11:20

      I never knew they existed until I played RDR1


  5. CrAiGiSh

    January 15, 2019 at 09:20

    All we ever hear from you is blah blah blah

    So, all we ever do is go ya ya ya
    And we don’t even care about what they say

    ‘Cause it’s ya ya ya ya
    Blah blah blah blah


  6. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    January 17, 2019 at 11:20

    Aren’t the Pinkertons the good guys anyway? What reputational damage are they on about?


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