Indian Mario Singh - Can We Say Nintendo Copyright Infringement?
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 MangoFroot.com 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, MangoFroot.com 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 MangoFroot.com. It will certainly be interesting to hear what their reaction will be.
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