William Hill Sues FanDuel for Allegedly Copying Sports Betting Guide

Oct 24, 2018 11:38 AM EDT
  • William Hill is suing FanDuel for allegedly copying a betting guide that gets distributed at each sportsbook.
  • FanDuel allegedly used many of the same passages and examples used in William Hill's guide, and even left William Hill's name in one section of the guide.

On Tuesday night it was reported that bookmaker William Hill would be suing FanDuel over copyright infringement for allegedly stealing passages from its betting guide.

These types of guides are distributed at sportsbooks and are used to inform new sports bettors about the various bet types, how to read lines and how to make wagers.

William Hill’s CEO Joe Asher insisted that Will Hill isn’t a litigious company. He added that if his company happened to win the case, part of the proceeds would go toward funding creative writing scholarships in New Jersey.

But considering the “ridiculous” similarities between the guides, he felt some action was needed.

In fact, FanDuel’s edition of the guide sounds like it was almost an exact replica, to the point that it even left William Hill’s name in one section.

According to The Washington Post, the suit also claims FanDuel used some of the same diagrams included in William Hill’s guide:

“For instance, a chart involving a 1:05 p.m. baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies listing both starting pitchers and three different ways to bet on the game appeared identically in both publications, William Hill said.”

FanDuel has declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Credit:

@FDSportsbook on Twitter. Pictured: FanDuel Sportsbook

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