Tris, the Free Tetris© iPhone App, is Coming Down


The developer lets us know [via Giz] that famously lawsuit-happy Tetris©-IP-owners "The Tetris© Company" has contacted him and told him he has to take down Tris. Noah writes:

That, I'm afraid, is essentially game over. Do they have a case? No. Not really. I am convinced that if it went to court, the "copyright" claim would get thrown out completely. The trademark, perhaps not — but if I changed the name, to e.g. "Trys", that would be much harder for them to argue.

But, like most of us, he's not keen on the idea of taking on a big company like "The Tetris© Company" so that he can offer his Tetris©-alike game. You can still find Tris (not to be confused with Tetris©) for free in the App Store as of this writing, so go grab it.

For what it's worth, "The Tetris© Company" has gone after pretty much every other Tetris©-alike game on every other mobile platform out there, so this is a long piece© fitting into just that one four-by-one slot© for "The Tetris© Company:" something they work very hard at achieving and when they get it, their eyes light up with joy at having cleared their board.

Oh, and for good measure: Tetris© is a trademark of "The Tetris© Company." ©©

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Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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Tris, the Free Tetris© iPhone App, is Coming Down


Change the name and the configuration of the dropping pieces, and bingo -- every other puzzler released on NES :)
Wood and water can penetrate rock, so too can creative developers find ways of leeching off corporate IP (though, personally, I'd prefer them to suffer so much under IP, they are forced to develop yet newer, better, more innovative IP of their own -- thus becoming the next big corporate litigator, so the cycle can continue...)