Rovio Wins Counterfeit Toy Lawsuit, Awarded $700K in Damages

Angry Birds developer Rovio has won a lawsuit relating to several companies selling counterfeit versions of its popular toys without authorization. On Nov 6, 2012 Angry Birds maker Rovio sued Jong K. Park, Royal Plush Toys, Inc., Western Sales and Services Inc. and Royal Trade Int'l Inc. for making and selling unauthorized toys based on its popular game.

On March 12, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California – Oakland, ordered that the defendant in the case pay $700,000 in damages to Rovio for willfully violating the Copyright Act. The judge considered an objection to the finding ("Magistrate’s Report and Recommendation"). Ultimately she ruled in favor of Rovio:

"Having reviewed the record and considered the objection of Park, the Court concludes that Park has failed to demonstrate that any portion of the Magistrate’s Report and Recommendation should be modified or rejected," wrote Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong. "Specifically, Park has not shown that the Magistrate’s recommendation to award Plaintiff statutory damages in the amount of $700,000 rests upon erroneous factual findings or an erroneous application of the law. The Court finds that the record amply supports the Magistrate’s finding that Defendants willfully violated the Copyright Act by continuing to sell plush toys featuring Plaintiff’s copyrighted designs after being notified that they were selling counterfeit Angry Birds plush toys. The record also supports the Magistrate’s recommendation to award Plaintiff $700,000 in statutory damages."

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