The 2048 guys stole my iPhone game(medium.com)

almost 5 years ago from A. Pocius, UI Designer

  • Steve StruttSteve Strutt, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

    Ketchapp had nothing to do with creating 2048 game, other than publishing it to the App Store. It was created by Gabriele Cirulli. Here's his blog post re: the aftermath: http://gabrielecirulli.com/articles/2048-success-and-me

    Ketchapp just published it to the app store (maybe with some customizations).

    The title is completely unfair to the original creator of 2048.

    8 points
    • Ian GoodeIan Goode, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

      For reference so people can draw their own conclusions:

      0 points
      • Kyle StetzKyle Stetz, almost 5 years ago

        Keep going! http://asherv.com/threes/threemails/

        7 points
      • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, almost 5 years ago

        Wait, so Ketchapp copied 2048 down to the name and design? And they didn't have anything to do with the "original", which itself was heavily inspired (although admittedly, still a different game) by Threes?

        That alone seems pretty damning…

        2 points
        • Gabriele CirulliGabriele Cirulli, almost 5 years ago

          Yes, that's what happened in a nutshell. When I created 2048, I wasn't quick enough to predict its potential success, and had no experience to create a mobile version. Ketchapp just took the chance and built their own version before I could get something out.

          2 points
          • Louis-André LabadieLouis-André Labadie, almost 5 years ago

            If you don't mind the potential chaos (there would be!), you could find a lawyer ready to take the case for free. There is a pile of evidence that the IP isn't theirs. Though I'm sure I'm not the first one to tell you about this ;)

            0 points
            • Tamerlan SozievTamerlan Soziev, almost 5 years ago

              From what I understand the 2048 was an open source project with a free to distribute or modify license, I don't see what a lawyer can do here.

              0 points
              • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, almost 5 years ago

                Actually that's interesting. I don't think open-source licenses cover naming and branding, do they?

                0 points
                • Louis-André LabadieLouis-André Labadie, almost 5 years ago

                  I just looked up the specific license, which is MIT. It's very permissive.

                  Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so [...]

                  0 points
          • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, almost 5 years ago

            I can understand "cloning" your app with a thinly disguised copy, but I'm surprised they would go as far as copying the name and looks. They should've at least called it "1024" and made it pink and green or something…

            0 points