On June 28, 2018, Lucasfilm Ltd. asked a California federal judge to find that two mobile game developers ripped off “sabacc,” a fictional card game created used in the Star Wars movies.

In their motion for partial summary judgment, LucasFilm asked the court to find that it owned the rights to the fictional game. LucasFilm further argued that mobile app developers took copyrighted elements directly from its Star Wars movie franchise to advertise its mobile phone game on Facebook and Twitter. In response, defendants argued that “this whole case is a trademark dispute. It’s a dispute over the verified trade name Sabacc, not a copyright dispute.”

The suit asserts claims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition, also seeking to cancel the trademark registration for the “sabacc” mark obtained by the mobile app developers.

The case is Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC et al. v. Ren Ventures Ltd. et al., case number 3:17-cv-07249, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

* With over thirty years of experience as an attorney, Steven Lowe is one of the most highly regarded entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles. Cases his firm has handled have appeared in the Hollywood Reporter numerous times, and he has been consistently selected as a top rated attorney in Super Lawyers magazine, among other awards and achievements. Mr. Lowe is also a Co-Founder and current President of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers, a not-for-profit artists’ rights organization.

Find us at our website at

You may also like…

Original ‘Road House’ Writer Sues Amazon Over Remake

Original ‘Road House’ Writer Sues Amazon Over Remake

On February 27, 2024, the writer of the 1989 film ‘Road House’ sued Amazon Studios, LLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. R. Lance Hill, also known as David Lee Henry, alleges that Amazon ignored his copyright for the screenplay and rushed to finish the film by using artificial intelligence before he was able to complete the termination of his original assignment to United Artists under Section 203 of the Copyright Act.

Defend Your Creative Legacy

In the realm of entertainment, your creative property isn’t just a product, it’s a piece of your soul, a testament to your passion, dedication, and vision.

At Lowe & Associates, we understand that, and we’re here to fiercely protect what’s rightfully yours. If you find yourself needing to defend your intellectual property, don’t stand alone. Team up with experts who have consistently showcased their ability to champion creative rights against all odds.

Are you ready to fight for your creative property?

Reach out to us today and let’s ensure your legacy remains untarnished.