Hasbro forces removal of TripleA with legal threat over (Bogus) copyright claims - please write them to complain

From: Scott W.
Sent on: Sunday, August 16, 2009 10:22 AM
I saw this morning TripleA download is no longer available from their site because Hasbro has threatened them with a lawsuit (See posting from the site below.)

This is wrong on SEVERAL levels. Primarily the HASBRO games (original Axis & Allies and then their later Iron Blitz version, circa 1998, details on that game here: http://reviews.cnet.com/pc-games/axis-and-allies-1998/4505-9696_7-30976857.html) absolutely SUCKED when it came to networking and they never then bothered to issue a further revision making it stable or reliable. Even playing on Microsoft's Game Zone or whatever it was called as the networking component sucked and would drop regularly.)

Although I am not sure of the exact timeframes, I was pretty sure they didn't bother to develop TripleA until well after Hasbro A&A game network Sucky-ness was well established and clearly TripleA creators were trying to fill that need in the market: A STABLE online gaming experience with savable games, different maps and a development team dedicated to further enhancements and improvements over time.

To be accurate and fair, the developed revised game edition on GameTable, that is deployed in coordination with Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro is much better, but STILL does not offer all of the robust functionality of TripleA, nor do they seem committed to developing a similar game to meet and match their latest released board games (no announcements, no plans, no nothing for an online Anniversary edition from Hasbro, while TripleA is already 2 steps ahead and did it for free.)

Further, I think we should also write to Avalon Hill and Larry Harris and complain, demanding either an Updated software release with full TripleA functionality and STABLE networking, or that they apologize and take back the threat. (See all contact info below.)

I find it completely retard-iculous that a game manufacturer refuses to meet the clear and logical demands of loyal fans for further enhanced gaming experience, and also refuses to allow anyone else to meet it either. NOT acceptable! The best solution would be for Hasbro to hire, NOT threaten, talented open source gamers to make a new release of their own main product that people would WANT to play.

It is one thing to get copycats out of the game. It is quite another to lock out someone smarter, better and more creative than you meeting market demand because you are too stupid / slow / intimidated / mean to do the same.

Of course the answer here for TripleA developers is just to tweak names of things and create a map with slightly different territories (historically accurate) and pieces, so that Axis & Allies isn't copied piece for piece and not called that. Hasbro cannot trademark World War II military games period and lock gamers out of any WWII games except theirs.

Congrats Hasbro - you are ruining the love of the game for loyal A&A followers everywhere with this kind of mean evil corporate greedy nonsense. People just want to play, thanks for stopping all of us from playing from home in our spare time.
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Contact Info: Hasbro Investor Relations:
Phone (401)[masked]
[address removed]
CEO: Brian Goldner

Wizards of the Coast, LLC (Subsidiary of Hasbro responsible for A&A):
CEO: Greg Leeds
Phone:[masked]
Email: [address removed]

Larry Harris, Original Creator of Axis & Allies:
http://www.harrisgamedesign.com/contact.php

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Scott




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Post from Sean, TripleA creator on his site detailing the threat letter from Hasbro:


Sourceforge got a DMCA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act) takedown notice last night from Hasbro, asking them to remove the TripleA game.

Not being a lawyer, I am not sure what this means for TripleA, but the game can't continue in the face of legal opposition, so I'll disable downloads tonight. Maybe we can release a new version that contains only user created maps and mods.

The only people that can change Hasbro's mind are it's customers, so I'll encourage everyone to petition Hasbro (in a civil manner) to allow TripleA to continue in it's current form.

Sean

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Dear SourceForge, Inc.:

We are counsel for Hasbro, Inc. (?Hasbro?) the owner of the copyrights and trademarks for the AXIS & ALLIES? board game, including an online version of the game.
1. The copyrighted work is the AXIS & ALLIES? board game,
including all versions and the online game.__

b. The infringing material is an unauthorized downloadable
version of the AXIS & ALLIES? game called ?TripleA? that its
developer refers to as ?an axis and allies clone.? The TripleA
maps, unit types and game rules are exact replicas of the AXIS &
ALLIES? game. The infringing material is located at:

c. [personal information removed]

d. We have a good faith belief that the use of the
copyrighted materials described above infringes Hasbro?s
copyrights and other intellectual property rights, and is not
authorized by Hasbro, its agents, or the law.
e. We are authorized to act on Hasbro?s behalf regarding
these matters. The information provided in this notification is
accurate to the best of my knowledge and is provided under
penalty of perjury.

On behalf of Hasbro, we therefore request that you immediately remove or disable access to the infringing works identified above.

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