I recieved this letter below on August 1st. Basically,
it's David Moffat Enterprises asserting their god-given right
to take down the Java applet of this game. I had a nice email
conversation with one of their haughty, stuck-up lawyers. The
funniest part about that conversation was that I took down the
Java applet, but she kept on telling me that they'll sue my
butt off if I don't. It took about four messages in a row to
pound the message into her thick skull (I am both surprised and highly amused that people this dense are able to become lawyers. Imagine what kind of future awaits be in the highly intelligent profession of law!). Strangely, it wasn't
Thomas Parkhill I was talking to, but Sheila Parkhill (presumably
I asked this female lawyer to clarify several
points about the copyright law, but she refused to answer a
single one of my questions. If I am going to take down a major
part of my website, I should have the right to know what copyrights
I was infringing! However, she denied my requests to clarify
I find this course of action by David Moffat Enterprises
to be highly illogical. Through this website alone, I
have sold over 1500 copies of Pass the Pigs through Amazon.com
(a staggering number if you consider how uncommon Pass the Pigs
really is. Amazon must be wondering why this game is so popular
:). They happily ignored this fact, and continued to bite the
hand that fed them. It's strange, because many people who played
the online version went ahead and bought the real thing.
Still, I hold no qualms against David Moffat Enterprises
(Ms. Parkhill, on the other hand...) The actions of their lawyers
doesn't affect the game. To play this game, you can either search
the net for a copy of the Java applet (search for "pass the pigs"), or purchase
the game for a mere $9.99 from Amazon.com.
DAVID MOFFAT ENTERPRISES
P.O. BOX 117
LARKSPUR, CO 80118
August 1, 2000
Mr. Freddie Wong
c/o Tripod – A Lycos Network Site
400-2 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451
Dear Mr. Wong:
David Moffat Enterprises and Hasbro, Inc. are the owner/licensor
and licensee, respectively, of the copyrights and trademarks for
the PASS THE PIGS‚ game manufactured and distributed by Hasbro,
Inc. under the Milton Bradley trademark.
We are writing because you have created and distributed a computer
game that infringes David Moffat Enterprises’ copyrights and trademarks.
The game appears on your home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.members.tripod.com/~passpigs/.
We have also received information that you have licensed the game
to at least one commercial Web site.
Your unauthorized use of the PASS THE PIGS‚ game constitutes copyright
infringement in violation of 17 U.S.C. §§ 501. Your unauthorized
use of the PASS THE PIGS® name also violates the federal trademark
laws, including 15 U.S.C. §§ 114(1) and 1125(a), by creating a
likelihood of confusion with respect to our authorization or sponsorship
of or association with your commercial activities. Even if confusion
were not likely, your unauthorized use of the PASS THE PIGS® name
is likely to dilute the distinctive quality of the PASS THE PIGS®
mark in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 1125(c) and the anti-dilution
statutes of numerous states.
We demand that you immediately remove from the Web the infringing
computer game, cease distributing the game, and destroy all copies
of the game. We also demand that you contact the owners of all
of the Web sites known to you that offer the game and ensure that
they remove from the Web the infringing computer game, cease distributing
the game and destroy all copies of the game. Finally, we demand
that you provide us with written assurance that you will not make
any further use of the PASS THE PIGS® copyright and trademarks.
Please confirm to us as soon as possible, and in any event within
ten days of receipt of this letter, your agreement to the above.
This letter does not purport to be a complete statement of the
facts or the law and is without prejudice to David Moffat Enterprises
and Hasbro’s legal and equitable rights. Please direct all correspondence
to Mr. Thomas Parkhill III at the address shown on this letterhead.
DAVID MOFFAT ENTERPRISES
Thomas Parkhill III