from the beam-me-up dept
This is pretty ridiculous. Brig C. McCoy alerts us to the news, via Slashdot, that CBS sent a DMCA takedown notice to Google because of the silly, but quite popular, Android tricorder app, which made your Android device look like a Star Trek tricorder.
Sorry Tricorder fans, Tricorder has been deleted from the Android Market by Google, at the demand of CBS’s legal weasels. This all happened without any discussion or warning — I was simply notified after the fact.
Since I don’t have legal weasels of my own, or the time to deal with this, that’s it for Tricorder.
It’s apparently the graphical design that’s at issue, not the name. According to Wikipedia, “Gene Roddenberry’s contract included a clause allowing any company able to create functioning technology to use the name”. Now that GR is dead, I guess CBS believes they own swoopy curves.
I do wonder if there’s a real copyright issue here at all, though I understand why the developer doesn’t feel like fighting it. Still, it’s a real shame that CBS feels the need to attack Star Trek fans for no good reason. Of course, given similar anti-fan statements from Eugene Roddenberry, it makes you wonder if the trail from CBS leads back further.