Zynga Suing Blingville Over A Word Fragment

Famous Facebook games developer, Zynga, is suing another Facebook game developer, Blingville, over a word fragment.

In case you didn't guess it already, the word fragment under dispute is "ville" which makes up half of Blingville, the name given to both the studio being sued as well as their first Facebook game.

Zynga has sent a cease and desist letter to Blingville LLC, warning them that the use of "ville" fragment in the company's name and in its game's title infringes Zynga's collection of social gaming trademarks such as Farmville and Cityville.

Blingville has responded by filing a letter to the West Virginia U.S. District Court, asking him to declare that it doesn't infringe on Zynga's trademarks. The upstart studio asked for Zynga to pay all legal and attorney fees accrued during a legal battle.

Wikipedia defines "ville" as follows: Ville (French pronunciation: [vil]) is the modern French word of Latin origin now meaning city or town, but the first meaning in the middle-ages was farm (from Latin villa rustica) and then village. The derivative suffix "-ville" is commonly used in English in names of cities, towns and villages.

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MS vs Lindows..... MS fails

MS vs Lindows..... MS fails to prove that they owned the rights to "indows" or "windows" for that matter.... its retarded when companies try and wipe the competition in this type of manner.....

side note.... there use to exist Ghettopoly, which I think hasbro did succeed in killing the company behind it....

Meh

That's a different story, Lindows purportedly used the name on purpose in order to attract a certain market from its competitor. In fact I still have the CD's lying around from the nineties of that now defunct OS, Microsoft was right in mind to sue them. They not only used a name, they stole the interface, icons, naming conventions and it look far too much like the actual Windows counterpart vs a Linux distro.

Wikipedia defines “ville” as

Wikipedia defines “ville” as follows: Ville (French pronunciation: [vil]) is the modern French word of Latin origin now meaning city or town, but the first meaning in the middle-ages was farm (from Latin villa rustica) and then village. The derivative suffix "-ville" is commonly used in English in names of cities, towns and villages. Also, in 2011, the word "ville" became property of Zinga. "Howdy farmer" is also another expression in process of copyrights ownership by Zinga, forbidding farmers to use it.

That's all folks!!! Tatatatatata raaaatatataaa...

Frivolous litigation is killing the US

I am rapidly losing faith in the US due to its love of frivolous lawsuits. I really think we need to step in here and stop suits like this from even starting. I'm sorry, but how can anyone respect our legal system when things like this dominate half of our court cases. It's a huge waste of resources that could easily go towards more important things. I mean, I've looked through the bills of rights and I don't see a "Freedom to Sue" on there. Can we please put an end to these ridiculous suits?

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