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Comment: A Counter-notice could lead to a lawsuit... (Score 1) 396

by sbrubblesman (#32374860) Attached to: <em>Tetris</em> Clones Pulled From Android Market
Hello everyone. AFAIK, gameplay cannot be copyrighted, but could be patented. Besides never being patented, patents last for 20 years, and the game was made on 1985, the patent would be over by now. Why cloning a 25 year old game? The answer is simple. People want to play it. In fact, at first i didnt find any satisfactory Tetris on Android market and decided to make my own. Then i thought it was good and put it on Android Market. Besides some lousy ads, i dont make money with the game. I could file a counter-notice, but that could lead The Tetris Company LLC to a law suit against me, and i dont have time or money for that. The game is available on our website, if anyone wants to download. http://mobplug.com/downloads/FallingBlocks.apk
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Tetris Clones Pulled From Android Market 396

Posted by Soulskill
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sbrubblesman writes "The Tetris Company, LLC has notified Google to remove all Tetris clones from Android Market. I am one of the developers of FallingBlocks, a game with the same gameplay concepts as Tetris. I have received an email warning that my game was suspended from Android Market due to a violation of the Developer Content Policy. When I received the email, I already imagined that it had something to do with it being a Tetris clone, but besides having the same gameplay as Tetris, which I believe cannot be copyrighted, the game uses its own name, graphics and sounds. There's no reference to 'Tetris' in our game. I have emailed Google asking what is the reason for the application removal. Google promptly answered that The Tetris Company, LLC notified them under the DMCA (PDF) to remove various Tetris clones from Android Market. My app was removed together with 35 other Tetris clones. I checked online at various sources, and all of them say that there's no copyright on gameplay. There could be some sort of patent. But even if they had one, it would last 20 years, so it would have been over in 2005. It's a shame that The Tetris Company, LLC uses its power to stop developers from creating good and free games for Android users. Without resources for a legal fight, our application and many others will cease to exist, even knowing that they are legit. Users will be forced to buy the paid, official version, which is worse than many of the ones available for free on the market. Users from other countries, such as Brazil in my case, won't even be able to play the official Tetris, since Google Checkout doesn't exist in Brazil; you can't buy paid applications from Android Market in these countries."

+ - Tetris Clones Pulled out from Android Market 2

Submitted by sbrubblesman
sbrubblesman (871975) writes "The Tetris Company, LLC notifies Google to remove all Tetris clones from Android Market
      I am one of the developers of FallingBlocks, a game with the same gameplay concepts as Tetris.
      This night, I have received an email warning that my game was suspended from Android Market due to a violation of the Developer Content Policy. When I received the email, I already imagined that it had something to do with it being a Tetris clone, but besides having the same gameplay as Tetris, which i believe cannot be copyrighted, the game uses its own name, graphics and sounds. There's no reference to "Tetris" in our game.
      I have emailed Google asking what is the reason for the application removal. Google promptly answered that The Tetris Company, LLC notified them under DMCA to remove various Tetris clones from Android Market. My app was removed together with other 35 Tetris clones.
      So, I checked online on various sources, and all of them say that there's no copyright on gameplay. There could be some sort of patent. But besides not having a patent, which would last 20 years, so it would be over on 2005.
      It's a shame that The Tetris Company, LLC uses its power to stop developers from creating good and free games for Android users. Without resources for a legal fight, our application and many others will cease to exist, even knowing that they are legit. Users will be forced to buy the paid official version, which is worse than many of the one available for free on the market.
      Users from other countries, which is my case in Brazil, won't even be able to play the official Tetris, since Google Checkout doesn't exists in Brazil, so you can't buy paid applications from Android Market in these countries."

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