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    Hasbro Files Suit against Maker of Highly Offensive Ghettopoly Game

    PAWTUCKET, R.I., Oct 21, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) today filed suit in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island against David Chang of Saint Mary's, PA, manufacturer of the highly offensive "Ghettopoly" game.

    "Hasbro will not tolerate Mr. Chang's unlawful use of its intellectual property to sell the reprehensible 'Ghettopoly' game," said Frank Bifulco, President of Hasbro's U.S. Games. "Mr. Chang has chosen to ignore our cease and desist demands, and therefore, we are taking the necessary legal action."

    In the complaint Hasbro stated that Chang violated Hasbro's trademark rights and copyrights to the MONOPOLY game, which has been a Parker Brothers game since 1935. The complaint also cites unlawful acts which "have caused and continue to cause irreparable injury to the value and goodwill of the MONOPOLY(R) real estate trading game trademarks, as well as to Hasbro's business, goodwill and reputation."

    Hasbro is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.

    SOURCE: Hasbro, Inc.
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    Glad to hear that Hasbro's going to lay the smackdown on the company making this offensive game. If you haven't seen it, it basically uses every black stereotype in the book. Not to mention ever other ethnic stereotype they could shove into the game. Good for Hasbro, go kick some arse in court. I wouldn't normally post a link, but I will in this case. I have to laugh at his 'Message to the Haters' on his website. Sounds like he's just trying to cover his own arse. Especially how he turns it into an attack against his race.
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    Call me what you will, but I think it looks kind of fun.
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    Looks like an interesting game.Sterotypical of course but most things in this world are.

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    Why does he suddenly go from African-American sterotypes to Asian sterotypes?Its about the game,not the race of the creator.
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    My brother thought it was funny but i didnt think it was. Perhaps if the creator had released an Asian version first (we could call it Bootlegopoly because Asians seem to be notorious for bootlegging cds and dvds) and then went about releasing his other crap there wouldnt be quite as big an outrage. But maybe it came from his being Asian and making fun of certain aspects of African American society. It seems to me that those two races are wary of each other. I could be wrong but thats just the impression i get.
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    He should counter sue hasbro for being sexist and mysoginistic. Dictating what toys boys and girls should play with. Just as ridiculous but that's the way it goes with lawsuits.

    Personally I find the whole game of monopoly offensive. Capitalism isn't a suitable subject for a game. It's time some of these old games were retired anyway. Hasbro's conservative 1950's attitudes don't really serve todays society.

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    Hasbro didn't invent Monopoly, they weren't even in business back then IIRC, they simply bought the company that bought the game from the original inventor.
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    Are they selling it in the UK? I love a copy. I am a real monopoly freak and have loads of different (SW) versions.



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