Tetris alike game?

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quark 101 Sep 16, 2004 at 07:39

Hi to all.

I would like to make tetris alike game, with differenct 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.

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
Quark

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Mihail121 102 Sep 16, 2004 at 07:55

No one on this planet will make me license tetris. If i feel like it, i’ll write one without asking for damn permission… i mean - it’s _tetris_ after all. That’s the same as for example asking for the license of ‘Space Invaders’

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bladder 101 Sep 16, 2004 at 11:21

@quark

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
Quark

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Nope. The Tetris license includes any game which has “tris” in its name, and use the concept of falling blocks. You can make your game an *exact replica* of tetris, and if you call it something other then tetris it’s all good. Ideas cannot be copyrighted, which means the concept of tetris cannot be copyrighted either. Its an idea of blocks that fall into eachother. Just dont use the logo and it’ll be fine.

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quark 101 Sep 16, 2004 at 11:31

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Nope. The Tetris license includes any game which has “tris” in its name, and use the concept of falling blocks. You can make your game an *exact replica* of tetris, and if you call it something other then tetris it’s all good. Ideas cannot be copyrighted, which means the concept of tetris cannot be copyrighted either. Its an idea of blocks that fall into eachother. Just dont use the logo and it’ll be fine. [snapback]11595[/snapback]

OK, thanks. That makes sense.