Statement Re: Legal Settlement With Lucasfilm + Cats in Space Launch

Statement Re: Legal Settlement With Lucasfilm + Cats in Space Launch

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April 7, 2016 - FAQ at the end

Intro: The Light Battle Tour is a fan-run, charitable event that brings sci-fi fans together to battle with fantasy weapons. We are currently partnered with six different Make-A- Wish Foundation chapters in five states to raise money for the amazing work they do, and tens of thousands are expected to participate in our May tour, from San Jose to Boston.

In December 2015, we promoted four events as “lightsaber battles,” something we have done for 8 years without incident. In January 2016, we received a cease-and-desist letter from Lucasfilm’s attorneys, and we immediately stopped using the words “lightsaber,” “Jedi,” “Sith,” and “The Force.” However, in March we received further communication stating “The Light Battle Tour” and “light sword” were still too close to their trademarks, and we moved to settle the dispute to avoid legal action.

We are extremely pleased to announce we have reached a settlement with Lucasfilm, and have avoided legal action. As part of this settlement, we must stop doing business as The Light Battle Tour, stop using the word “light sword” on our website and social media, and stop using photos and videos from our past events that were promoted as “lightsaber battles.”

However, we have created a new brand that will excite sci-fi fans across the galaxy called Cats in Space! Cats in Space is a fun, playful series of Space Battles where participants can fight with fantasy weapons, laser guns, and more, while enjoying original artwork on T-shirts that benefit charity. Effective immediately, all our May events are being converted into Space Battles, and our company will be known as The Cats in Space Tour. We encourage you to visit our new website, catsinspacetour.com, and register for our upcoming events. All existing registrations will be honored, and we are excited to forge this new path with you.

About Newmindspace

Newmindspace has been putting on free, fun, family-friendly activities like pillow fights, bubble blowing parties and giant urban games since 2005. Founded in 2005 by Kevin Bracken and Lori Kufner, Newmindspace aims to build community, reclaim public space, and raise money for charities that focus on children’s welfare and the environment.

Contact
For all press inquiries please contact Kevin Bracken at kevin@newmindspace.com

Website
Cats in Space Tour: http://www.catsinspacetour.com

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does this mean? Is the event itself changing in any way?

Not at all. This is still a fun gathering in the park where we fight with sword-like, illuminated fantasy weapons. We were simply required to re-brand as part of a legal settlement.

What if I ordered an Advanced Package?

By the end of this week, you will receive an e-mail with the subject "Action Required: Choose your Advanced Package." You will be given a choice of keeping your original package or getting the new one. If you want the original package, REPLY TO THE E-MAIL. If you want the new package, IGNORE THE E-MAIL. Anyone who does not reply to the e-mail in 7 days will automatically be upgraded to the new package.

I was planning to bring my own luminous fantasy weapon from home. May I still?

Of course! :) You may bring any thematically-appropriate, glowing toy weapon you like. 


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