Rockbox mail archiveSubject: RE: Remove PluginJewels from RockBox downloads immediately
RE: Remove PluginJewels from RockBox downloads immediately
From: Björn Stenberg <bjorn_at_haxx.se>
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 14:32:42 +0200
Here is Daves reply to my question. I have not replied back to him yet.
----- Forwarded message from Dave Haas <dave_at_popcap.com> -----
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:44:38 -0700
From: Dave Haas <dave_at_popcap.com>
To: Björn Stenberg <bjorn_at_haxx.se>
Cc: Rockbox development <rockbox-dev_at_cool.haxx.se>
Subject: RE: Remove PluginJewels from RockBox downloads immediately
Regarding your question below, the gem graphics in the color image of PluginJewels as seen at http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/pub/Main/PluginJewels/jewelscolor.png , are identical to the graphics seen in versions of Bejeweled(R) for PalmOS, PocketPC, or Windows Mobile, seen here: http://www.astraware.com/products/bejeweled/palm/bejeweled_screenshot_320x320_02.gif . The screenshots are 100% identical, down to the gem placement on the game grid.
Now, if these color graphics do not actually appear in the versions of the black-and-white and color versions of PluginJewels, then there is no copyright violation here. However, if the screenshot above is representative of the in-game graphics found in PluginJewels, then it is an obvious copyright violation. If that is the case, it's obvious that someone on the PluginJewels team ripped the graphics from one of the Astraware-licensed versions of our game. If that is indeed the case, those graphics need to be removed from the game, non-infringing gem art needs to be substituted for the infringing gem art, and the screenshots reflecting our copyrighted works need to be removed from Rockbox.com and all other affiliated sites. If it is not the case that these graphics are found in Rockbox versions of PluginJewels, please email me with assurances that these graphics do not appear in either the black-and-white or color versions of PluginJewels and remove the screenshot from Rockbox.com and all affiliated sites, so
as not to create confusion about the look-and-feel of PluginJewels compared to Bejeweled(r).
The important thing here is that PopCap Games does not want any confusion in the market as to whether the game was developed, published, or officially licensed by by PopCap Games. This current situation with the gem graphics as shown on Rockbox.com only perpetuates this confusion.
From: Björn Stenberg [mailto:bjorn_at_haxx.se]
Sent: Saturday, April 15, 2006 10:08 AM
To: Dave Haas
Cc: Rockbox development
Subject: Re: Remove PluginJewels from RockBox downloads immediately
> The game PluginJewels, for use on RockBox and available at
> http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/PluginJewels, is a blatant
> copyright violation of Bejeweled, the popular match-three game owned
> by my company, PopCap Games, Inc., of Seattle, Washington, USA. I am
> writing to you to demand that you remove PluginJewels from
> www.rockbox.org and all other sites where users may download this game
> for the Rockbox, no later than April 30, 2006. PopCap Games takes
> seriously all copyright and trademark violations of our games and, if
> necessary, we will enforce our rights to the fullest extent of the law.
> Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. I await your
My name is Björn Stenberg. I am the founder and one of the leaders of the Rockbox open source project. I am also the owner and administrator of the main download site for Rockbox.
In the Rockbox project we take copyright very seriously. Therefore your mail is confusing to me. To the best of my knowledge, the Jewels plugin in Rockbox contains no program code, graphics, text or other material belonging to you or your company. Hence I do not understand what it is you claim to be a "blatant copyright violation".
Please specify in detail what material in our Jewels plugin you claim to hold the copyright to.
-- Björn ----- End forwarded message ----- -- BjörnReceived on 2006-04-18