by Mike Masnick
Thu, Oct 9th 2008 3:57pm
You can almost understand the reasoning behind Apple pushing the creator of a Tetris-like game called "Tris" to remove his app from the App Store. There's a decent chance that the game doesn't violate The Tetris Company's IP, but the "Tris" name could conceivably run afoul of the trademark. However, it's difficult to understand the reasoning behind Apple taking down another game for being "too similar" to Tetris. The game, called Shaker, has some similarities to Tetris, but is quite clearly a different game -- and with a name like Shaker isn't going to run into any issues on the trademark front (thanks to reader J. Locke for pointing us to the story). It's unlikely that The Tetris Company has any actual legal claim here, so it's rather ridiculous that Apple is using its dictatorial authority to just remove it. Does that mean that anyone who creates a similar app to someone else's App Store app can ask Apple to remove all competitors?
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