by Stephanie Duchenne (Panda McBearface) Posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 8:50:00 AM
The world is a very strange place. Knowing this, I’m not sure why I was surprised to discover this morning that one can purchase a phone app in the Google play store known as Bang with Friends.
Described as “the anonymous, simple, fun way to find friends who are down for the night” (if you know they mean, *nudge nudge wink wink*) the app links you with Facebook friends that are also users of the same in order that you can contact each other and get down and dirty.
The makers of this little piece of software, Bang With Friends, Inc., have been sued by Zynga, an online “provider of social game services” and the creators of that Facebook sensation Farmville. This is because the latter company states that the former has infringed on its ownership of the “with friends” trademark. The complaint stemmed from the fact that Zynga owns the games Words With Friends and Chess With Friends thus making the Bang With Friends title a direct infringement of their copyright.
According to Gamespot.com, the original complaint on the part of Zynga read that “Bang With Friends, Inc. ‘selected the name 'Bang With Friends' for its casual sex matching app with Zynga's game trademarks fully in mind.’"
Bang With Friends, Inc. agreed with Zynga’s feels and has settled amicably with the company for an undisclosed amount of money. They have also agreed to change their corporate name. The Bang With Friends app has since been renamed Down, which in my opinion is both far less catchy and far less informative as to what it actually does.
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