I wouldn't say illegal as in criminal. However, I've heard someone sue "Ghettopoly" and win.

I check Is it legal to publish a game that already exists but it was 100% developed by me

It says rules of the games cannot be copyrighted. What about likeness, etc.?


Says he has to pay damage. Why? It's obvious that ghettopoly is not the same with monopoly. Also I've heard parody is protected.

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According to the Wikipedia article, the ruling against "Ghettopoly" was a default judgment: the defendant failed to produce documents that the court had ordered him to. Since a default judgment is based around procedural issues, it establishes no precedents for the issue the case is based on: you can't say if "Ghettopoly" violates Hasbro's trademarks on Monopoly or not.

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