Zynga sues 'Bang With Friends' for infringement
The company says the app gets a free ride on a road already made popular by its own 'With Friends' line.
For Zynga, the issue isn't so much about the morality of an app (pictured) that connects Facebook (FB) friends who are interested in sex with each other. What really has the company miffed is the app's name.
"This is a case about illegal free riding on recognized and valuable intellectual property rights," the company said in a lawsuit (you can see the filing here).
In Zynga's mind, the creators of "Bang With Friends" chose that name precisely to take advantage of the popularity of Zynga's own "with friends" line of games. "Bang With Friends" infringes on the "with friends" brand, the company's lawyer said in a statement emailed to Bloomberg.
The GigaOm website says that "Bang With Friends" has a couple of good defenses working in its favor, however. First, its name could be considered safe under free speech law's parody rules. Second, it could argue that "with friends" is a pretty generic term, one that Zynga can't lay claim to.
Colin Hodge, the co-founder of "Bang With Friends," says he takes intellectual property seriously and will evaluate the case in detail once he receives a copy, according to PC Magazine.
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"with friends" is way too common a phrase to claim some general ownership of!
So if I go to have dinner "with friends", is a Zynga lawyer going to sit on my lap and eat my dessert?
They are a dying company and grasping for any potential revenue stream they can, even litigious ones.
This is like the dill hole trying to copy write emoticons several years ago.
bang, bang you shot me dead
bang, bang my Zyanga shot me dead.
Could someone let NBC know that a "Bing" is not considered daily news.
Oh sorry! "Bang" with friends. Now it makes sense.
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