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Ghettopoly is a Monopoly parody released in 2003. Invented by
David Chang, it uses Monopoly-like mechanics in the
atmosphere of a caricaturized United States ghetto.
OCTOBER--2003 After the board game Ghettopoly sparked
national controversy and heated protest from black leaders,
national retailer Urban Outfitters pulled the game from store
shelves at its 61 locations Thursday, including its New Haven
store on Broadway, NAACP leaders said.
October 2003--Hasbro sued David Chang over the game's
similarities to Monopoly.
DECEMBER 2004--Justice Department lawyers are seeking
judicial permission to destroy about 63,000 copies of the
controversial "Ghettopoly" board game, which has been
criticized as a racist takeoff on the classic "Monopoly." Earlier
this year, Customs and Border Protection agents in Tacoma,
Washington seized five separate containers filled with
"Ghettopoly" from a ship that had arrived from China.
According to the below forfeiture request, the board games
were seized by federal agents because they violated a
trademark held by Hasbro, which produces "Monopoly." The
knockoff game, which retails for $39.95, describes "elements
of the game" as, "buying stolen properties, pimpin hoes,
building crack houses and projects, paying protection fees and
getting car jacked." In "Ghettopoly," players land on properties
like Chico's Bodega and Smitty's XXX Peep Show, instead of
Boardwalk or Marvin Gardens, and the game pieces include a
pimp and a machine gun. When "Ghettopoly" debuted last year,
black leaders nationwide decried it as racist and criticized
game creator David Chang, who has defended his creation,
saying it "draws on stereotypes not as a means to degrade, but
as a medium to bring together in laughter." Hasbro, of course,
did not get the joke and last October filed a federal copyright
lawsuit, which is pending in U.S. District Court in Providence,
Rhode Island. Chang has about 30 days to file a claim
challenging Uncle Sam's bid to destroy the seized "Ghettopoly"
stash, which has a street value of nearly $2.5 million.
January 2006--Chang was found in contempt of court for
failure to produce documents. The court thus entered a
"default judgment" for Hasbro's continued use of "Monopoly"
as a trademark, and dismissed Chang's counterclaims, which
were to revoke trademark status on "Monopoly
May 2006--the court estimated that Chang generated
US$879,000 in profits from the sale of Ghettopoly, and that
damages of $400,000 were reasonable.
June 2006--the court issued a judgment for Hasbro and
against Chang for $4,000 in fees and permanently enjoined
Chang from using the Ghettopoly name or selling any games
by that name, or any other "opoly" forms that might cause
confusion as to the source of the games.