They have chosen to let the ball drop [on our foot]:

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Hasbro may have to live with Ghettopoly
Trademark lawyers predict that the maker of Monopoly will have a hard time eradicating a parody that it deems offensive.
BY SUSAN DECKER
Bloomberg News

Hasbro, maker of the world's best-selling board game, Monopoly, may not be able to stop the sale of Ghettopoly, a takeoff on the game that allows players to buy stolen property and build crack houses, trademark lawyers said Thursday.

Hasbro filed suit Tuesday, claiming copyright and trademark infringement, harm to its good name and unfair competition, after Ghettopoly creator David Chang refused to stop selling the game.

Hundreds of games trade off the popularity of Monopoly, which was introduced by Parker Brothers in 1935 and was based on the streets of Atlantic City. Hasbro has been unable to halt those games and may suffer the same fortune with Ghettopoly, according to trademark lawyers.

''From a trademark perspective, they have to show a likelihood of confusion, and I don't think people will think Hasbro is selling this,'' said Robert Brandenburg of the Southfield, Mich., law firm of Brooks Kushman. 'That's their main problem, and you couple that with the fact that everyone and their brother has an `opoly' game.''

There are 88 trademark registrations or applications that use ''opoly,'' including several registered to Hasbro for variations of the Monopoly name.
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Hasbro has decided to sue the Ghettopoly game maker with minimal energy. Apparently trying to save face for the holiday gift buying season.

I urge you not to buy any Hasbro toys, games, dolls, etc... during this season.

If you didn't protest in any of the other ways, if you didn't even see Ghettopoly as offensive, at least support the people who really are on your side, by not buying Hasbro products during this season.
I think I see another angle of this issue. I don't know what more they could do. The lawyer interviewed in the article suggested that Hasbro has a weak case. Nevertheless, they've filed suit - which they didn't have to do. It sounds like they are pursuing this as much as they can. What more should they do in your opinion?

BTW - Hasbro isn't the culprit. They have been infringed upon by the creator of Ghettopoly. Let's keep the focus where it belongs. brosmile


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[QUOTE]Originally posted by MBM:
I think I see another angle of this issue. I don't know what more they could do. The lawyer interviewed in the article suggested that Hasbro has a weak case. Nevertheless, they've filed suit - which they didn't have to do. It sounds like they are pursuing this as much as they can. What more should they do in your opinion?

BTW - Hasbro isn't the culprit. They have been infringed upon by the creator of Ghettopoly. Let's keep the focus where it belongs. brosmile

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I have be following this matter very closely, very early on, chang said he sent a letter to Hasbro asking for permission to use the name. Perhaps that is the reason why chang didn't file for a trademark for the name (or laziness, which I doubt). But Hasbro didn't answer his correspondence. The 'ignore' is usually done to see what happens, if things go good you sue for your share, with things go bad you said 'I never gave permission', and if nothing really happens (with is the case with most board games) then it goes away without any notice. The game Redneckopoly was registered with the United States Patents and Trademarks office but later let the mark expire. Perhaps because of something to do with Hasbro, but I doubt it. Please note that Chang was not the named party on the trademark, therefore he didn't even orginate the idea.

Hasbro, has the finances and legal power to tie Chang up in court for at least a few months, this Ghettopoly thing will blow over before new years, its a fad for racist. Had Hasbro said no in the first place perhaps the game would not have made it to market. Had Hasbro took the lead in getting the game out of the market they would not have to be involved.

Let me put it this way, had this been a game about jews, say "Himmieopoly", and the game created by a Black man, with all kinds of stereotypical depictions, Hasbro would be doing far more than you see now. And the fact their actual responsibility, implied responsibility, and exposure would be no different in this case as in the ghettopoly matter.

That's why we must put the pressure on Hasbro, they only respect our money, not our name, our culture, our homeland, or our people, just our money, therefore we must speak with our dollars.

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