Tetris clones yanked off Android Market PDF Print E-mail
Tetris is copyrighted and all makers of similar games, or “clones”  must remove them from the Android Market according to The Tetris Company. tetris
A Slashdot user who calls himself "sbrubblesman" claims to be one of the 36 developers who had games removed from the online market place.  “I have received an email warning that my game was suspended from Android Market due to a violation of the Developer Content Policy,” he says on the message board.

Google reportedly received a cease-and-desist letter from The Tetris Company LLC's attorneys threatening legal action against the company according to the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) if the games were not removed.

sbrubblesman's game is free and does not include the name or graphics of the original Tetris, and he therefore believes the removal is unfailr. “I checked online at various sources, and all of them say that there's no copyright on gameplay.” sbrubblesman argues, “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.”

Tetris was first created in 1984 by mathemetician Alexey Pajitnov. EA Mobile currently holds the official rights to the licensed version of Tetris – now the only one in the Android Market and only available in countries that support Google Checkout.

“It's a shame that The Tetris Company, LLC uses its power to stop developers from creating good and free games for Android users.” sbrubblesman laments.

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