FanDuel Headed to Court Over Will Hill Copyright InfringementJake Cooper | 26 Oct 2018
William Hill US and FanDuel will be meeting one another in New Jersey court over a copyright infringement. Hill opened a civil suit against its competitor for allegedly copying a guide on how to bet, which was published by William Hill.
Unfortunately for FanDuel, the odds of the suit ending in their favour do not look good. Whoever on their team was responsible for creating their version of the pamphlet did not bother to remove their competitor’s name!
A Copy Cat Conundrum
William Hill has highlighted identical wording from its own pamphlet used in FanDuel’s version. This includes a sentence that still mentions the sportsbooks name as the betting provider for alternate and reverse runs in baseball.
Company CEO Joe Asher has said that the company is not one to turn to litigation however, the infringement is ridiculous. He also said a portion of the funds that may be realized from the suit should the court find in their favour will go toward sponsoring creative writing classes at local universities.
We can only presume that a few of the course modules will include infringement laws and the importance of copyediting.
Not FanDuel’s First Costly Error This Year
FanDuel has not commented on the suit, choosing we presume to rather come up with a defence for what can only be described as an incredibly embarrassing oversight.
The company seems to be having trouble controlling errors this year. Last month a pricing error cost the company close to $100000 after they offered 750:1 odds on a conversion with an 85% chance of success. They initially refused to pay the punters, stating that it was an obvious error and an industry standard that in that situation the bettors would simply receive their original bets back.
However, after receiving negative press the company decided to honour the bets in the name of sports betting continuing to be a fun past time.
About the Sportsbooks
The two gaming giants operate in the state of New Jersey. William Hill from Monmouth Park and the Ocean Resort while FanDuel operates from Meadowlands Racetrack.
Despite the challenges, FanDuel entered the New Jersey market strong and has been competing for the spot of leading New Jersey operator since. Most well known for its fantasy sports betting, the company’s recent expansion into New Jersey has allowed them to offer sports betting too.
William Hill has over 100 betting locations in the US. The company offers wagering on everything from college hoops, to MMA.