9:16am PT by Eriq Gardner
'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' Sets Off $10 Million Lawsuit
Kris Jenner and Kardashian "John Does" are being brought to court over an allegation that they stole copyrighted elements to create the hit social and mobile video game called Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.
The $10 million lawsuit alleges that, at the request of the Kardashian family and its agent, Brian Siegrest, Los Angeles-based video game developer Kung Fu Factory prepared an original proposal for the development of the game four years ago.
Thereafter, Kung Fu Factory claims to have conceived how the game would work and how it would be integrated into platforms such as Twitter and Facebook; designed the overall look for the game's graphical user interface; mocked a "particular creative take" on a character-customization look; and drawn various 2D artwork assets including how Kim, Khloe and Kourtney would be depicted as characters.
Siegrest allegedly presented Kung Fu Factory's work to Jenner in October 2011, and after being "strung along for months," the plaintiff says it learned the "Kardashian deal was supposedly 'dead.' "
But Kung Fu Factory believes that, although this was the official representation to them, Siegrest, Jenner and others still had plans for the game.
Glu Mobile released Kim Kardashian: Hollywood in June 2014, and Kung Fu Factory says it "saw that it was strikingly similar to their own, previously submitted video game proposal."
The complaint, filed in California federal court (read here in full), asserts direct and contributory copyright claims, as well as a breach of an implied contract. The idea-theft lawsuit is being handled by attorney Gerard Fox. The defendants have yet to comment on the litigation.