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Tetris alike game

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Hi to all. I would like to make tetris alike game, with different concept, but using same building blocks like in original Tetris. I found many Tetris games on the net, and it looks like many of them (or perhaps all?) are violating Tetris®. The company which claims to own Tetris® is here: www.tetris.com
Please contact The Tetris Company to learn about licensing opportunities. The Tetris Company, LLC 103 Foulk Road, Suite 202 Wilmington, DE 19803 licenses@tetris.com Please use this email address only for questions pertaining to licenses. We are unable to respond to any email inquiries other than licensing questions. If you have technical support questions, please contact the publisher of your version of Tetris®. Thank you. [/QUOTE] Do you know something about Tetris® licencing? If I make game which is similar to Tetris, but it's played differently and in real 3D environment, do I have to get licence? Regards Bueno

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Essentially if you don't try to sell the idea, you can do what you like regarding (tm) and (r)-marked products. Also, the shapes in tetris are mathematical primitives (they're specifically called a tetramino) and can't be copyrighted, in the way a circle or square can't be copyrighted.

So, you're almost certainly OK.

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