Sir Paul McCartney has filed a lawsuit against the creators of Pokémon GO. The musician claims the game’s concept was stolen from the Beatles.
Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic.
In a nutshell, players chase virtual creatures they see while staring into their their smartphones. While the phones might be smart, the players typically are not. This is due to several reasons:
- People who play games such as Pokémon Go have no life and nothing better to do.
- Players lose all sense of their surroundings as they stare into their device.
- Many players have fallen into ditches, stepped into piles of dog poop, and have snagged their private parts on all kinds of inanimate objects while engrossed in the game.
Stupidity appears to be a lucrative market segment as Pokémon Go has more than 100 million downloads.
“It’s clearly evident that the makers of Pokémon Go stole the concept of the game from the Beatles,” McCartney said.
“First, we have exhibit A, the Abbey Road album cover,” McCartney said in his lawsuit brief. “The cover shows the band wandering aimlessly across Abbey Road, not paying attention to our surroundings.”
“Exhibit B holds our mantra of ‘peace, pot, and microdots’,” McCartney said. “This represents the period when we delved into drugs, particularly psychotropic hallucinogenic substances. The late John Lennon described our acid trips during which we would hallucinate virtual creatures and the like. We’d get so incredibly high we’d see little creatures and follow them into magical kingdoms throughout the netherworld. The creators of Pokémon Go stole those concepts John shared.”
“Exhibit C reveals our hit song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” McCartney continued. “The lyrics are very telling and describe what goes on in a braindead Pokémon Go player’s head.”
“For example consider these lyrics:”
Newspaper taxis appear on the shore
Waiting to take you away
Climb in the back with your head in the clouds
And you’re gone.
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds abbreviated is LSD,” McCartney said. “The point to our lyrics is that someone on an acid trip winds up in a virtual world chasing things that aren’t really there, making himself look like a donkey’s bottom to all around him. And people who play Pokémon Go fit that bill all the way down to their knickers.”
McCartney Appeals to Pokémon Go Players
In addition to the lawsuit, McCartney has directly appealed to those who play Pokémon Go.
“We are asking you not to participate in this silly game,” he said. “Doing so only supports corporate greed…greed that is fed by stealing others’ ideas and work. And we know corporate greed results in buying political favors. And corporately-funded politicians often start wars.”
“All we are saying, is give peace a chance.”