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Takedown Letters For WP7 Tetris Clones 290

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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  • WTF? (Score:2, Informative)

    by igomaniac ( 409731 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @04:33AM (#35135266)

    You copied the game and even made the name of the game sound similar to the original, and you call it a 'witch hunt' -- man, you need a reality check.

  • by angel'o'sphere ( 80593 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @04:58AM (#35135368) Journal

    Add the fact that every year half of the knowledge you had is just become useless and ...

    If that is the case for you ... then frankly I have to say: "you seem not to know much!"

    A solid IT background never gets obsolet, only technologies / languages / paradigmas do. And the latter only in limited cases.

    There are hundreds of working opportunities in IT which NEVER get obsolet and are completely disconnected from technologies. E.g. requirements engineering, software processes (like SCRUM or XP), software architectures (finding a suiting one, describing it in UML or something else), the art of programming, may it be assembler or an oo language or the fancy languages we have right now like functional or functional / oo hybrids (Scala e.g.)

    All that knowledge will never be obsolet. Knowing how a relational data base works, how to design a data base, the limits of it, the options for using No-SQL DBs or prevalent Systems (in memory databases) will never be obsolet.

    Understanding the differences between REST / SOAP / Corba or any other "distribution" technology ... that will never be obsolet, regardless what "App Server" you use, if any.

    System Architecture, Software Architecture, Architecture Patterns, Design Patterns, Language Idioms ... that won't ever die out, it only will fluctuate slightly.

    The way how a unix like operation system works (my it be a comercial one or linux or a future one like Plan 9 or Hurd) ... that knowledge will never be obsolet.

    Sorry ... I just scratched the surface. There dozens if not hundreds of "knowledge areas" which will always be useful for an "developer" ...


  • by flimflammer ( 956759 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @06:01AM (#35135650)

    It's not when he names his clone Tetrada which looks very similar to Tetris in the hopes that people will make that connection, exactly the sort of thing trademarks are supposed to protect against. His attempts at bringing up the definition of "Tetrada" was silly to say the least. No one is going to think "Oh, that means four of a kind!" instead of "Tetris".

    This is typical bullshit that's spewed when they get caught with their pants down. Now he's trying to play the victim.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard