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Takedown Letters For WP7 Tetris Clones 290

Posted by Soulskill
from the at-least-they're-consistent dept.
karios writes "Today I received a takedown letter from a law firm representing the Tetris Company for copyright violations involving my game Tetrada, which I published on the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. The witch hunt, after hitting Android, iOS and other platforms, continues on Windows Phone 7. It's a pity, since some of the tetromino games in the Marketplace were pretty decent."
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Takedown Letters For WP7 Tetris Clones

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  • newbie error (Score:2, Interesting)

    by clickclickdrone (964164) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @04:52AM (#35135340)
    Clearly a newbie. The game industry is littered with people being sued for selling clones right back to pacman and earlier. Didn't you do any research before doing this? Not exactly a great advert for your thoroughness and professionalism and now you've announced it to the world to prove the point.
  • WP7 (Score:2, Interesting)

    by stiller (451878) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @05:51AM (#35135600) Homepage Journal

    Word Perfect 7? WordPress 7? Oh. Windows Phone 7. I'll file that one under irrelevant.

  • Re:WTF? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @09:12AM (#35136494)

    Since when game rules are copyrightable?

    This is not the word you're looking for *hand wave*
    This is a pretty clear trademark issue.

    Even if it wasn't a trademark issue, just going to the tetris Wiki page reveals it to be "owned" by a very litigious company [].

    I'm starting to wonder if the people making these clones have a business plan which goes something like this:
    1) Copy someone's "here's how to make tetris" sample code (there's countless samples out there)
    2) Post the game to the latest appstore
    3) Wait for takedown notice
    4) Put up a "donation" page to "provide for legal defense"
    5) Whine about takedown notice too all the geek-friendly websites
    6) Profit!

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)