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Yeti fur plugin will not be sold in the United States

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 | Posted by Jim Thacker


Peregrine Labs’ Yeti fur plugin for Maya will not be sold in the US following a legal dispute with Joe Alter.

Peregrine Labs’ Yeti fur plugin for Maya will not be sold in the US following an IP wrangle with Shave and a Haircut developer Joe Alter.

According to the official statement on the Peregrine Labs website:

“To avoid a potential ongoing and expensive legal dispute with Joe Alter respecting the scope of his patent, Peregrine and Alter have executed a settlement agreement in which Peregrine has agreed not to sell or license the Yeti plug-in to users located within the geographic boundaries of the United States until his patent expires.”

The patent in question was granted in 2004, meaning that Yeti would not be available to US studios until 2024.

Speaking to CG Channel, Peregrine Labs labs founder Colin Doncaster said that he did not believe that the company’s technology infringed Alter’s intellectual property, but that as a small developer, the cost of litigation “would kill the product”.

The announcement should not affect Peregrine Labs’ existing customer base, the majority of which is located in Australia and Europe. The developer itself is based in Canada.

Joe Alter settles with Disney
Joe Alter reached a related legal settlement with Disney earlier this year (you can read his comments on the dispute at the foot of this story) over its XGen technology, which Disney licensed to Autodesk last year.

Alter’s legal filing claimed the licensing deal was “in direct competition” to his own, Shave and a Haircut technology already being integrated into Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Softimage software.

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  • meatpuppet

    If it’s better then Shave and haircut who cares if it’s “in direct competition” This is a load of crap! O well, I got friends in the Uk who can help me obtain it.

  • http://www.cgchannel.com Jim Thacker

    To be strictly accurate (and strictly pedantic), the ‘direct competition’ part actually relates to Disney: Joe Alter took legal action against Disney after Autodesk licensed its XGen technology, having previously licensed Alter’s own.

  • don

    Joe has a number of ongoing patent disputes. It seems to be his modus operandi.

    While we’re talking about cg patents, someone persuade Master Zap to stop patenting crap like round-edge corners between meshes (faked surface tension) so we can have it in V-Ray. I doubt these little developers would like it much if Autodesk took to litigation with all the IP they own.

  • Joe is Apple

    Seems Joe is patent-trolling like Apple. Sorry Joe, being a douche won’t make me buy your product.

  • Guest

    I don’t get why Autodesk can’t license both hair technologies and let the market decide which they want to buy.

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