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  (Source: LucasFilm)

Wicked Lasers' infamous S3 Arctic Spyder III  (Source: Wicked Lasers)
Now if the company can just manage to beat the far worse foe -- wild demand and short supply

DailyTech brought you news back in early June of Wicked Laser's stunning Spyder III Pro Arctic laser, a powerful 1-watt device that could practically double as a weapon, setting people on fire and blinding them.  We didn't expect at all what would come next -- a legal threat against Wicked Lasers from Star Wars creator George Lucas.   

Amid a resultant media circus, it appears that Lucas has finally backed down from his threat according to
Hot Hardware.  David J. Anderman, General Counsel for LucasFilm, says that his firm will back off the threat of legal action in the original cease and desist letter if Wicked Lasers will put a disclaimer that it is not affiliated with Lucas Film/Lucas Arts.  He says the company can continue to sell the product.

"The media and public has come to realize that Lucasfilm would never endorse or license a highly dangerous product such as your Arctic Pro Laser," Mr. Anderman writes.

Wicked Lasers CEO Steve Liu comments on the rollercoaster ride with Lucas Film, "This has been strange. We felt that it would have been a very bad thing in the beginning, but it ended up helping the business in a very big way."

Demand for the new laser weapon is so high that the company is struggling to meet orders, despite having bumped the price from $199 to $299.  The Hong Kong-based company has also added new safety features, such as adjustable power settings, a pair of safety glass, and a training lens that limits the laser's power.  The new features come in response to criticism that it's being irresponsible handing such a dangerous device to the public.

To get full burning power out of the laser users have to purchase an additional lens set, which comes with a "focusing lens".  

The Wicked Lasers' legal staff can rest easy for now.  We have a feeling they might see some action again, though, given that the laser admittedly can set human skin on fire.



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RE: In other news...
By MrBlastman on 8/5/2010 5:17:31 PM , Rating: 4
What on earth are you talking about? He made Star Wars, the first three of which that came out between 1977 and 1983, make up one of the greatest film trilogies of all time.

Of course he deserves to be wealthy! He earned it through hard work, excellent writing and his own creativity. Are you jealous?

So what if he screwed up the more recent Star Wars movies. I don't care, he provided countless hours of enjoyment with the first ones. So the new Indiana Jones sucked? You can't be perfect, every time. The fact of the matter is Lucas capitalized on his IP and made a handsome amount of money because of it.

What is wrong with that? This is America after all. I salute him for coming up with something original and executing on his idea. Millions of us have ideas every day, only a few of us actually turn them into millions.


RE: In other news...
By The Raven on 8/11/2010 4:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Of course he deserves to be wealthy! He earned it through hard work, excellent writing and his own creativity. Are you jealous?


Yeah he just cranks those great movies out left and right. As a society, we are really getting our money's worth. You're a fool if you think he should be as wealthy as he is.

He knew the system was screwed up when he started making movies and he did nothing to improve it even after he conquered Hollywood. Its like electing a regular joe to go to Washington to shake things up and then he gets there and lives a life of graft.


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