Bombay High Court on 18 September passed an ex-parte order restricting the Park Hotel owned by Apeejay Surrendra Group from using the images of the Candy Crush Saga game. The court passed the order after recognizing that King.com is the owner of the game and also in the lights of evidence presented.
The Bombay HC passed the order after the owner of Candy Crush saga filed a case on 17 September 2014 to protect Intellectual Property Right (IPR). The case was filed to restrict Apeejay Surrendra Group from using the images of game.
Following the order passed by the Bombay HC, King.com decided to put an end to the suit entering into consent terms with the group. Subsequently, King also sent a notice to Rowthu and certain other websites to cease and desist from using the intellectual property of the game.
Candy Crush Saga is the most popular game on smartphones and tabs. The Candy Crush Saga has 97 million daily active users.
A musical event named Candy Crush was planned to be held in the Apeejay Group-managed Park Hotel at Vishakhapatnam. The advertisements copied the visual graphics of the Candy Crush game and its images were also used in the event promotion material.
After knowing this, king.com filed the copyright infringement suit against the owners of Park Hotel.
However, after the order was served on Park Hotel, King realized that it was merely a location for the event and was not directly involved in the infringing activity.
Who: Bombay High Court
When: 18 September 2014