William Hill launches copyright infringement suit against FanDuel

William Hill launches copyright infringement suit against FanDuel

Thursday, October 25, 2018 Posted by News Team
Operator pursuing trial to secure damages and share of FanDuel profits

William Hill has launched a lawsuit against Paddy Power Betfair-owned FanDuel, accusing it of plagiarising a guide to betting launched for customers in the US. 

First published on June 5th, William Hill’s “How to Bet Guide” is currently distributed to customers via the William Hill-branded sportsbooks at New Jersey’s Ocean Resorts Casino and Monmouth Park Racetrack. 

When FanDuel began operating a sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack, however, William Hill discovered that it was distributing a pamphlet named the “How to Bet Betting Guide”. This, William Hill alleges, is “a blatant infringement” of its product. 

In its filing with the US District Court of New Jersey, William Hill provides side-by-side comparisons of each guide, showing that the FanDuel version contains exactly the same text as its version. 

It adds that on page 13 of the document, FanDuel’s version even contained pages where it had failed to remove William Hill’s name from the text.

Furthermore, the operator continues, FanDuel has reproduced the guide text online, in the sports betting guide section of its website. This, William Hill says, again reproduces the text from its How to Bet Guide on more than nine web pages. 

The operator accuses FanDuel of wilfully and intentionally infringing upon its copyright, and is therefore pursuing statutory damages. It is also seeking to be granted all profits earned by FanDuel through its betting guide, as well an injunction being issued to block FanDuel from reproducing any of William Hill’s copyrighted work in future. 

It aims to have the amount of damages, and any other relief the court deems appropriate, decided through a trial by jury. 

The case has been assigned to Judge William J. Martini and Magistrate Judge Mark Falk, with a summons issued to FanDuel.

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