Posted April 11, 2018 07:59:16The company behind the popular game-capturing app “Tetris” is now suing its creator, its creator-owner, and its publisher, alleging the games developers violated copyright law by allowing their work to be used in the game.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Seattle, where Microsoft’s legal team has been fighting Microsoft for years over the alleged copyright infringement.
The lawsuit also names the creators of “Tutankhamun,” “TikTok,” and “Pikmin” as defendants.
Microsoft is arguing the games’ creators did not grant permission to their creations to be exploited for profit.
It is also arguing that the games have not been updated since the first version of the app was released in 2013.
Tutikhamun, which is a game for kids that can be played in any room, was downloaded more than a million times by kids worldwide before Microsoft bought it in 2014 for $1 billion.
PikMin, a game in which players must build a home in a cartoon-like environment, was sold more than 7 million times before Microsoft purchased it in 2018 for $2.5 billion.
Microsoft’s argument that the app is still being used for profit hinges on an “irrevocable copyright license,” the court documents state.
The company is also claiming that the company has violated Microsoft’s End User License Agreement by selling Tetris to developers without permission to use their creations in the games.
The suit also alleges that the developers are making money by making money off Tetris’ popular “Turtle House” theme.
“The defendants’ actions and conduct in the past have caused substantial economic harm to Plaintiffs and the industry as a whole,” the lawsuit states.
The company has a number of games, like Tetris, that are available for download for free.
However, they are all free to play, and the game is a very popular one.
But because Microsoft did not license Tetris for free, developers were forced to pay Microsoft to use Tetris in their games.
“Tetritis’ success is due to its simple design, its intuitive gameplay, its captivating visuals and its high quality,” Microsoft wrote in its lawsuit.
“Because Tetritis is free, Tetriti[s] development has allowed others to profit off its success.”
Microsoft is also asking for unspecified damages and an injunction barring Microsoft from using Tetris or any other game-creating app in the future.