Unauthorized id Games Removed From Android Market

Unauthorized id Games Removed From Android Market

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Zenimax has brought the hammer down on the Android Market, filing a DMCA complaint demanding that 11 unauthorized ports of id Software games be removed from the site.

ZeniMax filed the complaint over various ports of the id Software classics Wolfenstein 3-D, Doom and Quake, 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. "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 acquired id earlier this year and while it would be easy to see this as a case of a big, deep-pocketed company bullying the little guys just for the hell of it, id's recent and by all reports very successful move into the mobile market puts a bit of a different spin on the matter. id launched a mobile gaming division in late 2007 and has released its own iPhone ports of Doom and Wolfenstein 3-D, and earlier this year John Carmack said the studio planned to release several other titles on the iPhone including Quake, Quake 2 and a version of Rage.

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DOOM on the iphone really doesn't work very well at all.

Anyway, this isn't too bad, Id are one of the few devs I can respect to not go too mental over copyright (Tim Langdell for example)

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

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.

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

SnootyEnglishman:
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.

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.

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

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

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

Presumably source ports with the .wads included, because they'd have no ground to oppose the GPLed software on its own. Of course, there's a source port for almost every operating system under the sun, so Android wouldn't have any problems with people acquiring another one and just using their own .wad files.

It didn't work very well on some Android phones.

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

 

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