For the second time in 2 weeks, Zynga (ZNGA) is accused of copying a smaller rival's game. Six...

For the second time in 2 weeks, Zynga (ZNGA) is accused of copying a smaller rival's game. Six days after startup NimbleBit mockingly made note of the resemblance between its Tiny Tower iPhone game and Zynga's Dream Heights, Buffalo Studios is doing the same over the similarities between its Bingo Blitz Facebook game and Zynga's just-announced Bingo game.
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  • Dan Seeks Alpha
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    It is difficult to protect gameplay.


    "Once a game has been made public, nothing in the copyright law prevents others from developing another game based on similar principles"


    30 Jan 2012, 12:13 PM Reply Like
  • Sheik Rattle Enroll
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    True, but there's also the look and feel of a game.


    Based on some recent copyright decisions, it's definitely possible to get hit on stealing a very specific aesthetic, even if it's transmuted slightly.


    There was a case where a music video's art design was based on the work of a photographer who had done work for the musician before, and the musician lost.


    I also believe there was a case where a judge ruled that a photograph that was not identical but very close was infringing.


    Since some of these games were developed while Zynga was under NDA for the very games they copied, I'm not sure they can escape legal ramifications forever.
    31 Jan 2012, 02:56 PM Reply Like
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