LucasFilm Threatens Legal Action Over Superpowered Blue Laser

Back about a month ago, Hong Kong-based Wicked Lasers introduced a new blue laser. This new handheld toy, built from a Casio projector, emits 1W of cerulean laser beam goodness. That's enough to burn holes in various substances, permanently blind yourself (or the neighbor's cat), and according to Wicked Lasers, the Arctic Spyder III Pro has a range of over 100 miles. At $199, it's a veritable bargain, particularly considering that the company's second-most-powerful laser, the Fusion Series S3 Spyder, is $999 for a paltry 500mW.

Lucasfilms, however, is not impressed. Ol' George's legal team took one look at the Spyder III Pro and promptly issued a cease-and-desist letter to Wicked Lasers, arguing that their lasers infringe on the classic Star Wars lightsaber and could cause customer confusion. They further note that the Arctic Spyder III is "a highly dangerous product with the potential to cause blindness, burns and other damage to people and/or property." We agree with Lucasfilm, insomuch as a 1W laser that can set people on fire is more dangerous than a plastic lightsaber that might be used for a little light bludgeoning.



Much of what makes the Spyder III look like a lightsaber is common to the design of <i>all</i> hand-held devices, from electric screwdrivers to cat-blasting blue beams of death. It sports a power switch, a cap that limits energy output until removed, and a specialized handgrip, presumably to avoid throwing at one's TV while using it as a modified Wiimote. Read the definition of a lightsaber as relayed by the ever-trustworthy Wookiepedia and it's clear the Spyder III doesn't even come close.

A lightsaber functions by first focusing a plasma stream on a crystal or series of crystals. From there: "the plasma was sent through a series of field energizers and modulation circuitry within the emitter matrix that further focused it, making it into a coherent beam of energy that was projected from the emitter. The blade typically extended about a meter before being arced by the blade containment field back to a negatively charged fissure ringing the emitter, where it was channeled back to the power cell by a superconductor, completing the circuit."



Lightsabers can chop off limbs, block solid projectiles and energy blasts, and function perfectly underwater. They're capable of cutting through almost every known alloy or metal, they cauterize wounds, and they make a really cool sound when activated. Unless trained on an inanimate object or a person in a walker, the Spyder Pro III can't do any of those things.

Lucas' legal beagles have nothing to worry about. We'd love to own an Arctic Spyder III Pro, but it's not even a tenth as cool as owning an actual lightsaber would be. For that reason alone, we think George's precious copyrights and trademarks are perfectly safe.
Via:  CNN
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twistedfate 4 years ago

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AKwyn 4 years ago

twistedfate, did you ever stop to think that it looks like a lightsaber and the fact that it could be used like a lightsaber? I think you're the I-word here, posting useless comments and contributing nothing. The worst the lawsuit would do is cause them to redesign the thing so that it does not resemble a lightsaber.

Also the Droid thing, Lucasfilm owns a trademark on that word, if there was not a trademark on the word then there wouldn't be any issue like you said. You want to know why George Lucas owns a trademark on the word and item lightsaber, it's because George does not want people profiting illegally from his work. Like if they were selling replica lightsabers unofficialy. If Lucas caught them, the only way they would be able to continue making those is if they license it from Lucas and pay him a portion of his profits, the same goes for all of the Star Wars products out there. If it looks like a lightsaber then it's likely to infringe on someone's patent or trademark.

Inspector 4 years ago

Lol i agree with taylor on this, how do you not see a lightsaber there? I first looked and was like *** a lightsaber then read on and was like... *** a working light saber xD(half working... It can only injure people...) it may not work like a light saber but it sure looks like one so ya.

Would love to own one...

Nethersprite 4 years ago

"half working... It can only injure people..."

Or, you could stick it up someone's nose and give them brain cancer. Or aim it at an airplane cockpit, distract the pilot, and bring the whole plane down. This thing IS dangerous, the pathetic thing is that Lucas first thought "copyright infringement" and then added the "it's dangerous" part. Pssht, half working. :P

"*hangs a sign outside his window advertising precision wart removal*"

@JoelH This thing isn't quite powerful enough to burn warts. It could give you skin cancer really quickly, though.

Joel H 4 years ago

I very much want one. I'm just afraid of what I might get up to doing with it. *hangs a sign outside his window advertising precision wart removal*

twistedfate 4 years ago

sorry for that dumbass comment guys i was tired

animatortom 4 years ago

Yeah I have to agree with Taylor on this.

So Twistedfate, You probably like to go to torrent sites and then wonder why there is nothing good to watch? Creative properties are just as important as other ideas. when others take it and use it for their own profit, it is the same think as theft! Lucas is a great example of this. Since he was able to hold onto his property rights, he was able to advance movies over the past 30 years, giving us the greatest technical entertainment that would have not been possible with just the studios backing things. We would still see things on strings and painted backdrops on canvas if it were up to the studio executive!

On the other side, this is what he gets when he takes production to Asia! They suddenly feel that since production is there they have a right to do whatever they wish with his properties! I am sure they are also selling copies of his movies in the streets of Hong Kong and Singapore without any concern for copyrights.

Inspector 4 years ago

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On the other side, this is what he gets when he takes production to Asia! They suddenly feel that since production is there they have a right to do whatever they wish with his properties! I am sure they are also selling copies of his movies in the streets of Hong Kong and Singapore without any concern for copyrights.

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LOL they do that around here (USA, or more specificity that i know of, NYC)as well... xD I alwasy walk pass these SHOPS(lol blankets on the floor) and see them have bootleg copies of movies...

rapid1 4 years ago

Although it does look a lot like a lightsaber it would need a focused reciprocating mirror at whatever end point determined to be correct, and then the same form of mirror in the handle itself to return it to said mirror. The only thing holding that back would be finding a material strong enough to make the mirror out of. I imagine diamond would work but if it bounced it back and forth (which would happen in seconds with a device such as I am describing to infinity) the laser may be strong enough to burn diamond quite readily. This would also make it something more like the imaginary light saber from Star Wars as well.

ClemSnide 4 years ago

>A lightsaber functions by first focusing a plasma stream ... completing the circuit."

Riiiiight. Now explain how it can block or parry another one of these beams of whatever-it-is. Try to use as many current scientific buzzwords as possible, including "black hole" and "quantum physics," knowing that any explanation will be laughably obsolete in ten years.

@Joel H: I have to side with Han Solo on this one. Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

Joel H 4 years ago

"Or, you could stick it up someone's nose and give them brain cancer. Or aim it at an airplane cockpit, distract the pilot, and bring the whole plane down..."

Stick this thing up someone's nose and turn it on for any length of time, and you'll kill them. It is most assuredly capable of that. If it can burn wood and paper, it can burn you. You probably wouldn't kill them right away--for all I know it might take 10 minutes to an hour--but it's capable of burning through bone.

acarzt 4 years ago

Hmmm... I could have swore I responded to this one...

I was pointing out the fact that they were bound to get some lawsuits anyway seeing as how this thing has the ability to blind people lol

slugbug 4 years ago

I guess Lucas feels he owns the patent on anything which resembles a light saber, or anything else from the Star Wars universe.

animatortom 4 years ago

You don't have to guess,....HE DOES!

That is also what allows him to employ people in all his different companies and lets him continue to advance movie making.

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