Indian Mario Singh - Can We Say Nintendo Copyright Infringement?

In the latest game spin-off, does Indian Mario Singh go too far?

We are all aware of the many spin-off or copycat games that are introduced on the market once something "sells" but how far is too far? I found the latest spin-off Indian Mario Singh available on the Google Play Store by thanks to the gaming group Gamecentral Lives! on Facebook. It's a free-to-play game available on your mobile device.

Now I went ahead and downloaded this game--it screams Mario by Nintendo, absolutely everything except that he's wearing a turban. Really?

Singh is king. Singh is Bling too. This game is dedicated to all Singh community across the world!!! Indian Mario Singh is a fun-filled game. It has Jump and Go style filled with six levels. Help Indian Mario Singh to face the hurdles and reach the target. Collect coins on the way to win points. Enjoy this game.

Does any of this look "slightly" familiar?

If it does, you'd be correct, nothing in this game is original. A turban on Mario's head and some color tweaks; that's about it. Does this cross the line where copyright infringement is concerned? Well, what is copyright infringement you might be asking?

Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display; or perform the protected work; or to make derivative works. The copyright holder is the work's creator, a publisher; or other business to whom copyright has been assigned. Basically, copying Nintendo's hardwork without explicit permission in writing.

There is still no word yet from Nintendo as to what actions (if any) will be taken against It will certainly be interesting to hear what their reaction will be.

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Published Aug. 11th 2017
  • Si_W
    As it's free to play, what are the legal ramifications for this?

    I can understand if the creators of Mario Singh were making money from this, but if not, what's the big issue? Are Nintendo losing revenue from this?
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Do you have a proper understanding of copyright infringement? If you did you wouldn't ask. It's not just about "money," as you think.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    It's theft of property whether or not they are making money or not. Mario and his world belong to Nintendo. And yes, Nintendo could potentially loose revenue. They still sell the original SMB that this is modeled off of.
  • Si_W
    I realise that it's not just about money, I just don't see the huge deal over this.

    Saying that, do Nintendo get any acknowledgement at all from the creators of this version?
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    No they don't and they didn't have permission--that's theft.

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