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Re: Tetris trademark infringement

Joey Hess wrote:
> [ I don't think this belongs on the security mailing list. ]
> Robert A. Bruce wrote:
> > I just got a nasty letter from a lawyer about the Tetris trademark.
> > They are upset about files on our ftp server, ftp.cdrom.com.  Many of
> > the files are in the Debian mirror.
> >
> > You should delete these files.  We have temporarily disabled the mirroring,
> > so as soon as these are deleted, please send email and we will re-enable the
> > mirror.
> >
> > Anything using the word "Tetris" should go.  If they are checking our
> > ftp-site, they are probably checking others, so if you can get your site
> > cleaned up before they get to it, it will save you some legal hassles.
> >
> > debian/bo/binary-i386/games/xtetris_2.6-4.deb
> > debian/bo/msdos-i386/games/xtetris.deb
> > debian/bo/source/games/xtetris_2.6.orig.tar.gz
> > debian/bo/source/games/xtetris_2.6-4.diff.gz
> > debian/bo/source/games/xtetris_2.6-4.dsc
> > debian/hamm/hamm/binary-m68k/games/xtetris_2.6-3.deb
> > debian/hamm/hamm/binary-i386/games/xtetris_2.6-4.deb
> > debian/hamm/hamm/source/games/xtetris_2.6-4.diff.gz
> > debian/hamm/hamm/source/games/xtetris_2.6-4.dsc
> > debian/hamm/hamm/source/games/xtetris_2.6.orig.tar.gz
> I'm the maintainer of this package and most other tetris-like packages in
> debian. Well, what should we do? This package is free, it is not derived
> from a non-free tetris in any way I know of. It also apprears on many other
> public places like ftp.x.org.
> Should I rename the package? What about all the other packages that have
> "tetris" in their description somewhere? A quick grep of my available file
> shows:
> Description: 3-D tetris like game
>  A 3-D game similar to blockout or tetris.
> Description: tetris for X
>  Single player tetris for X.
> Description: not just another tetris clone
>  Another tetris-like falling blocks game. Although it
> Description: client-server multiplayer X tetris
>  sail, snake, tetris, trek, wargames, worm, worms, wump
>  This version of tetris supports single player mode, or 2 player
>  Hexagonal pieces give this version of tetris a new twist.
>  kscreensaver, ktetris, kview, and kvt
> Should all that be changed to "te*ris" or something?

How about renameing it to Tetrix and state it as an 3-D tetris(*) like
game. I've known some other tetris colnes called that or similar and the
name sounds very similar to tetris.

(*) Tetris is a trademark of bla (or whatever is apropriat).

May the Source be with you.

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