The End of Prohibition
...that is, this thread. Have you been paying any attention to it, and how is it relevant to your recent edits here?
To digress slightly, what legal risks might be associated with developing an unofficial fork of Lockjaw or LJ65, assuming that the fork's developer complies with all GPL requirements and does not knowingly commit any copyright, patent, or trademark infringement? Eighty5cacao 15:42, 16 December 2010 (MST)
- Thank you for pointing that out. The only legal risk I can see, as long as they don't say the T-word, would probably be harassment from Mr. Rogers and TTC. In the case of Omgpop.com, it escalated to a lawsuit (Tetris v. Biosocia), which TTC dropped after Biosocia agreed to replace Blockles the Tetris clone with Blockles the Puyo clone. But TGM and Puyo are still linked: TGM is based on Sega Tetris, Sega was getting ready to publish TGM4 until Sega canceled it, and Sega currently publishes Puyo. As I understand it, under the laws of the United States,
the exclusion of any "method of operation" from exclusive rights in 17 USC 102(b) blocks TTC's copyright claim, and the functionality doctrine blocks the trade dress claims it made in the Biosocia case. But someone wanting to sell any product should talk to a lawyer first, and copies of my falling block games are no different. --Tepples 16:08, 16 December 2010 (MST)
- I forgot to stipulate above that any distribution would be non-commercial. However, I'm wondering what answer I would get if I asked the original question again now: does your discontinuation of the projects constitute a revocation of the GPL, which I know is normally impermissible? If it's relevant, insert the word "additional" between "any" and "copyright" above, and assume that the fork is publicized as little as possible (suppose that download links are given out only via forum PMs, and emulation/homebrew news sites are forbidden from reporting on the project publicly).
- Why haven't you taken any action against externally-hosted copies on sites such as PDRoms? (Archive Team would be unhappy if you did such a thing, but I digress.) --Eighty5cacao (talk) 00:25, 6 December 2013 (UTC) (+ 00:36, 6 December 2013 (UTC))
- The case that sticks out in my mind related to third-party claims on a GPL work is the cphack case. At the moment, I find having removed the files in question from web sites that I control to be enough. I don't feel the need to also help TTC play Whac-a-Mole after the Mino case. As for "what legal risks", I decline to answer because I am not a lawyer. --Tepples (talk) 04:07, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
Wrecking Ball Boy
Does Wrecking Ball Boy belong in the "Planned" section?