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#1 beeduul   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 19 January 2000 - 08:06 AM

I''m looking for info on Tetris-clone copyrights. Any thoughts on where to look?

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#2 DavidRM   Members   -  Reputation: 270

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Posted 19 January 2000 - 08:44 AM

Not sure where to look, but a simple web search would probably net you a lot of information.

I *do* this, though: You can make a "clone" of Tetris, but you can *not* call it anything that starts with "tet" or includes "tris" in the name (especially at the end). The lawyers with cease-and-desist orders *will* find you.


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#3 beeduul   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 19 January 2000 - 10:26 AM

ah, i tracked this down using google.com:

http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/2430/tetris.html

someone''s already been doing their homework.


#4 Matthew Allen   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 19 January 2000 - 11:18 AM

Well, according to that page, I just may be "infringing" on Tetris by releasing the notTETRIS source code... Oh well, it clearly says it''s NOT Tetris, right I can''t wait to get my threating letter...

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#5 ghowland   Members   -  Reputation: 134

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Posted 19 January 2000 - 08:58 PM

If you parody it, then they have no case. You may be able to claim that notTETRIS is a parody, but you are definitely using their trademark. However, its obvious that it is "not tetris" which is the whole point of the trademark, to make sure people dont confuse products and someone cant use your property to sell their own.

Tetris Company even went as far as the threaten people for "look and feel" copyright of falling blocks, which is totally BS. Just stay away from the name and ''tris''.

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#6 foofightr   Members   -  Reputation: 130

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Posted 06 February 2000 - 11:56 PM

FYI,

Tetris is TM and Copyright 1987 Elorg. Original concept, design and program by Alexey Pazhitnov.

(this is from the copyright screen on the original Gameboy Tetris game, copyright is probably way outdated by this time, but an interesting fact nonetheless)

Edited by - foofightr on 2/7/00 5:59:19 AM

#7 dgruber   Members   -  Reputation: 133

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Posted 09 February 2000 - 05:33 AM

I''d be real careful about touching Tetris right
now. Hasbro looks look like they are in a mood
to sue. See:

http://www.dailyradar.com/news/game_news_1668.html

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