Don Rubin is "America's Premiere Puzzlemaster" -- or so his lawyers would inform you on the very first line of Rubin's suit vs. Apple. It seems Rubin has a legitimate claim to that title -- in his heyday, cavalcades of mail responses to his newspaper puzzle column became so onerous for Chicago-area postal employees that Rubin was given his own zip code.
Back in 1977, Rubin crafted a parking lot-related puzzle titled "Lots of Luck"; the cars probably ran on leaded gas and quite a few still had fins, but the concept holds today. So it came as a surprise to Rubin when Apple launched an iPhone application called "parking lot." You can see Rubin's 32-year-old puzzle here
and the iPhone app here
. And, naturally, you can see Rubin's lawsuit, filed last week in San Francisco Superior Court, here
Incidentally, Rubin followed the '77 release of "Lots of Luck" with
five sequels: "Thanks. A Lot" (1979); "Showroom" (1981); "Jeepers!"
(1983); "Lots of Luck II" (1988); and "Lots of Luck (A Different
Version)" (1988). The simple title of "Parking Lot," used by the iPhone
app he claims violates his copyrighted puzzles, apparently never
occurred to him.
It did occur to him how similar the two games are -- and his suit asks for relief under the Copyright Act.
H/T | CourthouseNews.com