Legal experts say Aristocrat copyright lawsuit won’t be easy to win

Legal experts say Aristocrat copyright lawsuit won’t be easy to win

Article brief provided by Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Richard N. Velotta , Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 17, 2024 3:52 PM
  • Richard N. Velotta , Las Vegas Review-Journal

Legal experts say Aristocrat Technologies Inc.’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Las Vegas slot machine manufacturer Light & Wonder Inc. may be difficult to win, but an unusual wrinkle in the case — that former Aristocrat employees worked on their rival’s product — could be significant to the outcome.

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Australia-based Aristocrat filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Nevada in February, accusing Light & Wonder of producing “a cheap knockoff” of its successful Dragon Link and Lightning Link games.

Aristocrat is seeking an injunction calling for Light & Wonder to stop manufacturing and distributing what it considers to be a copycat game and for financial damages to be determined at trial. In its filed response in March, Light & Wonder said the lawsuit has no merit.