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Offline ChrisM

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« Reply #30 - Posted 2006-11-27 16:21:09 »

I seem to remember that Magnavox/Philips were sued by Atari over their Pac-Man clone called "K.C. Munchkin" and Magnavox/Philips were eventually ordered to stop selling it (which they did). This was purely because Atari felt it was too close to Pac-Man, even though K.C. Munchkin differed in quite a lot of important points from the original Pac Man.

Ok, so compare that to LadyBug by Universal.  Maze game, dot eating, power-ups, etc.  However, K.C. Munchkin infringed on the character design of Pac-Man: round character, chomping mouth, aliens that kind of had the same basic shape as the ghosts, etc.  Magnavox was sued, Universal was not.  Can't copyright/protect mechanics, just content.


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