It seems that Zynga has already some issues (before it has been released) about the coming soon Frontierville Oregon Trail. May be this will be a reason that Zynga will not release the Oregon Trail on May 30, 2011? Check out the latest news about this:
A federal lawsuit filed this week in Massachusetts district court accuses social game mega-publisher Zynga of infringing on The Oregon Trail trademark held by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt subsidiary The Learning Company (TLC).
The lawsuit points to a YouTube trailer for these missions to highlight visual and gameplay similarities between it and various versions of The Oregon Trail game, including activities such as “setting up a wagon, provisioning, hunting, fording rivers, and helping others.”
Zynga’s use of the “Oregon Trail” name amounts to “deliberate theft of the goodwill associated with the iconic The Oregon Trail Mark, which the company has spent millions of dollars promoting since 1971,” according to the document.
“There can be no doubt that Zynga’s adoption of an identical and confusingly similar mark is willful and intended to free-ride on the established goodwill of The Oregon Trail Mark.”
According to the suit, TLC had approached Zynga last year to discuss making a Facebook version of the game. When those discussions fell through, TLC partnered with Blue Fang to make a Facebook version of the game, which launched in February and has since attracted nearly 1.2 million players.
The Learning Company is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop Zynga from using the “Oregon Trail” name, as well as assorted monetary damages.