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Tecmo sues publisher of raunchy DOA pics

It turns out some Japanese magazine has subverted that bastion of good taste, Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, by publishing pics of a popular graphical hack.

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Having recently, um, 'beaten off' the pesky publishing company responsible for stripping down its Dead or Alive 2 girls in a successful legal action, developer Tecmo is once again going to battle on behalf of Kasumi and co. This time it's in pursuit of a Japanese company responsible for publishing info and screenshots of Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball with certain graphical modifications in place - the sort, we assume, that have been peddled around the shadier corners of the Internet for the past 18 months or so.

According to a report picked up on by 1UP, the offending content was published in a special issue of PC-Giga in Japan, and Tecmo views this an infringement of its copyright, and is seeking an injunction and damages. Having already dealt with the aforementioned DOA2 pimps - who were distributing CD-ROMs that patched the PlayStation 2 version of the game to remove the ladies' garments - it's not overly surprising to see, but it is interesting that Tecmo now views the publication of pictures of such material as a violation.

And with Japanese copyright law rather more in its favour than it would be in the US or Europe, PC-Giga may have to turn PC-Gigolo if it aims to fight its corner...

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