Quinn v. Tetris Company LLC Edit

A recent legal action that will affect Apple Macintosh Users, the Tetris Company LLC has asked the developers of Quinn to desist. The tetris-clone is one of the best looking mac freeware games on the net.

The issue is whether or not the Tetris Company LLC has a right to the "look and feel" of the game, Tetris.

According to this website:

US Copyright Law

An idea or concept can not be copyrighted. The Tetris Company's code, graphics, music (etc) is copyrighted, but the actual concept can not be. They can copyright the written rules to the game, but they can't actually copyright the generic rules themselves. This means if I copied out a section of their HOW TO PLAY manual I would be infringing copyright. At they say the following:

Ideas, procedures, principles, discoveries, and devices are all specifically excluded from copyright protection. As stated in the Copyright Act:

In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.


Wikipedia: Tetris

Wikipedia: Tetris Company

BoingBoing Article

Quinn Hompage

Tetris Company LLC


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