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MarketJS copying games again

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On 8/23/2016 at 4:09 PM, True Valhalla said:

By blatantly copying the expression of the rules and original unique designs, MarketJS are infringing upon the developer's copyright. The developer is within their rights to send a cease and desist letter at the very minimum.

Disclaimer: IANAL

Here's what the US Copyright office says: https://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl108.pdf

 

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https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/06/defining-tetris-how-courts-judge-gaming-clones/

Apologies if you've seen this, but for those who haven't, it's an excellent resource. This article on a tetris copyright decision is very good for understanding copyright law around games. Needless to say a straight up clone is illegal. If you want to be inspired by a game, you need to suitably differentiate from it. 

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On 6/7/2017 at 11:09 PM, IndieDevBateman said:

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/06/defining-tetris-how-courts-judge-gaming-clones/

Apologies if you've seen this, but for those who haven't, it's an excellent resource. This article on a tetris copyright decision is very good for understanding copyright law around games. Needless to say a straight up clone is illegal. If you want to be inspired by a game, you need to suitably differentiate from it. 

Outstanding article ... it is important because in US&UK courts use English law of precedence. This means once judge passes a ruling that ruling may used as a pre defence in future cases to interpret the law . The lesson is to sue in a French or German court

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