Soulskill from the welcome-to-the-world-of-policeactioncraft dept.
eldavojohn writes "Ars analyzes some knockoffs and near-knockoffs in the gaming world that led to problems with the original developers. Jenova Chen, creator of Flower and flOw, discusses how he feels about the clones made of his games. Chen reveals his true feelings about the takedown of Aquatica (a flOw knockoff): 'What bothers me the most is that because of my own overreaction, I might have created a lot of inconvenience to the creator of Aquatica and interrupted his game-making. He is clearly talented, and certainly a fan of flOw. I hope he can continue creating video games, but with his own design.' The article also notes the apparent similarities between Zynga's Cafe World and Playfish's Restaurant City (the two most popular Facebook games). Is that cloning or theft? Should clones be welcomed or abhorred?"
Hugh Pickens writes "Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist for FoxNews.com, discovered over the weekend just what Rupert Murdoch means by "zero tolerance" when it comes to movie piracy. On Friday, the film studio 20th Century Fox — owned by the News Corporation, the media conglomerate ruled by Mr. Murdoch — became angry after reading Friedman's latest column, a review of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," a big-budget movie that was leaked in unfinished form on the Web last week. Friedman posted a minireview, adding, "It took really less than seconds to start playing it all right onto my computer." The film studio, which enlisted the FBI to hunt the pirate, put out a statement calling Friedman's column "reprehensible" while News Corporation weighed in with its own statement, saying it asked had Fox News to remove the column from its Web site. "When we advised Fox News of the facts," the statement said, "they promptly terminated Mr. Friedman.""