Mac OS X Tetris clone gets shut down
Posted 10 July 2006 - 06:22 AM
It's a shame that it's been pulled. I certainly am not going to delete the last version I downloaded while it was free.
Posted 10 July 2006 - 06:28 AM
Leave Simon Haertel alone, he's created a fabulous little piece of freeware that I've enjoyed since version 1.3, seeing as the owners of Tetris haven't bothered to create one for we Mac users yet. I own legally purchased copies of Tetris and Tetris II for the Gameboy so I've anted up already. I suggest that the over-paid, over-zealous lawyers buzz off (you can replace that word with a more colourful expletive when you read this sentence) and get a real job, perhaps working pro-bono to ensure, at long last that Dmitry Pavlovsky is paid some of the millions he was robbed out of, mainly by companies like the one suing Simon Haertel.
Posted 10 July 2006 - 06:40 AM
Posted 10 July 2006 - 06:46 AM
anyone know where i can send The Tetris Company a nice e-card depicting the extension of a certain finger?
Posted 10 July 2006 - 07:59 AM
As its freeware and the tetris courp are surely not making money anymore why the hassle?
Partly because if you don't defend your copyright when it's infringed, you can't defend it when money is on the line. One can argue that the horse has already left the barn on this one. Either way, it's a shame -- Quinn's an excellent game.
Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:39 AM
Copyright violation? IANAL, but I don't think you can copyright the elements the story cites as being under contention by The Tetris Company. If they have any claims, I would believe that they fall under patent or design patent protection (if The Tetris Company has filed appropriately for such protection). Can the editorial staff (or someone else qualified) please explain?
OK, I'm still not a lawyer, but I did a little digging:
Here is the US Copyright Office's fact sheet on the copyrighting of games:
The idea for a game is not protected by copyright. The same is true of the name or title given to the game and of the method or methods for playing it.
No one should use Wikipedia for legal advice, but there is a nugget on the legality of Tetris clones:
According to circulars available from the United States Library of Congress, a game cannot be copyrighted (only patented), which would invalidate much of TTC's copyright claim on the game, leaving the trademark on Tetris as TTC's most significant claim on any government-granted monopoly.
I'm trying to find some information on US Patent and Trademark Office's website now.. but nothing definitive -- saying that game play can't be copyrighted and must be patented -- is turning up yet.
I love Quinn and I think the author of Quinn has rights here and that TTC may be overstepping it's bounds. I'm all for a good fight -- anyone want to start a legal defense fund for the authors? /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif