In a civil complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in New Jersey, bookmaker William Hill is accusing competitor FanDuel of copyright infringement in regard to a betting guide being distributed at the Meadowlands Racetrack sportsbook.
William Hill has sued FanDuel for plagiarizing its betting guide…
@dannyjdonahue has the details: https://t.co/0u685kH7y7
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) October 24, 2018
The complaint says FanDuel’s guide appears to be identical to William Hill’s, including a paragraph that reads,
“Alternate & reverse run lines are propositional wagers offered by William Hill on each baseball game.”
“FanDuel’s unauthorized copying is perhaps most evident in the fact that FanDuel actually forgot to remove William Hill’s name when printing the Infringing Pamphlet,” the complaint alleges.
BREAKING: Sports betting giant William Hill is suing FanDuel for #copyright infringement for stealing a "How To" gambling pamphlet distributed at the Monmouth Park NJ sports book.
It's … pretty blatant: pic.twitter.com/dWQuZ8ifjE
— Bill Donahue (@Bill__Donahue) October 23, 2018
In addition, the complaint claims that language on websites controlled by FanDuel also is copied from William Hill, which cited eight articles as examples.
“We are not litigious people but this is ridiculous,” William Hill CEO Joe Asher said in a statement to ESPN. “If the court finds in our favor, a portion of the proceeds will fund scholarships for creative writing programs at New Jersey universities.”
FanDuel, citing company policy, declined comment.
These guys are getting ready to wage war against one another.