Unauthorized id Games Removed From Android Market

Andy Chalk

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Unauthorized id Games Removed From Android Market


Zenimax has brought the hammer down on the Android Market [http://www.android.com/market/], filing a DMCA complaint demanding that 11 unauthorized ports of id Software games be removed from the site.

Quake [http://www.zenimax.com/], saying that they are "unauthorized versions or contain content" taken from the copyrighted games. As a result, all off the software in question has been removed from the Market.

At least one developer of a Doom port is trying to get his game back on the site with ZeniMax's blessing, however. "Although the Doom source code was open sourced, and the application was based on a port of the PrBoom engine, the application is still suspended," he wrote in a message sent to Android and Me [http://androidandme.com/2009/12/news/id-software-frags-doom-quake-and-wolfenstein-ports-for-android/]. "My mistake was allowing the download of the Plutonia and TNT WADs, at least that is what I suspect." He also noted that while the software is still available through the web.

ZeniMax Rage [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/92641-ZeniMax-Media-Acquires-id-Software-UPDATED].


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SnootyEnglishman

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A game company making sure idiot's use their great idea's properly and with their permission i can handle that...
 

cleverlymadeup

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well they were all GPL'd years ago, tho it was only the engines that were, not any other part of the game itself, the models/wads and sounds are still under copyright.

at least one of the guys was a bit smart about it and trying to work it out.
 

Worgen

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Whatever, just wash your hands.
ehh this would matter more of everyone didnt already have doom, quake and wolf 3d. I cant imagin its hard to find any of thoes free
 

Nova5

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SnootyEnglishman said:
A game company making sure idiot's use their great idea's properly and with their permission i can handle that...
Yeah, this might be one of the few level-headed uses of the DMCA I've seen in the last year.
 

More Fun To Compute

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Doom and Quake have been ported to every platform under the sun for a time period longer than, no doubt, many escapist readers can remember. This is the first time I have heard about one of these ports being taken down but normally they are only distributed with the shareware levels.
 

Jared

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Well. They are certainly not wasting any time making sure all the investments have the money coming in from the right directions.
 

Starke

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So, wait, were these just sourceports or were they sourceports with the .wads included?
 

Thermatic21

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doom one of THE if not THE best game ever but come on on that thing that's just overkill and i can guess it wouldn't play to well