Take the 2-minute tour ×
Game Development Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional and independent game developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

A friend of mine has had his Flash game stolen and published on the iPhone app store without his consent. What is the best way to get Apple's attention about this?

share|improve this question
    
I thought that iPhones cannot execute Flash? –  Hendrik Brummermann Jan 16 '11 at 10:39
3  
They might have made an identical clone that ran natively on the App store. –  AttackingHobo Jan 16 '11 at 14:52
1  
Since it's most definitely a re-implementation... how much of the original game actually is there? If they "stole" the graphics it's one thing, if they just copied the gameplay don't even bother. –  Lohoris Jan 16 '11 at 15:10
1  
There's an iPhone packager put out by Adobe that will convert Flash apps into native iPhone apps. –  Gregory Avery-Weir Jan 17 '11 at 1:15

3 Answers 3

At the bottom of every app's page in the app store on the phone is a "Report a problem" button you could try, but I suspect the best way is to have your friend's lawyer handle it (and if your friend does not have a lawyer, he or she may want to consider finding and talking with one).

share|improve this answer

IANAL but unless they directly copied art resources you are likely out of luck. Game mechanics are incredibly hard to defend and frankly it's in the industries interest that they remain that way.

You can attack someone for directly coping the wording of your games rules, and art coping is an obvious point of contention. However if their game just plays like your game then you are pretty much out of luck.

share|improve this answer

Here is a interesting thread regarding copyright and games.

How closely can a game resemble another game without legal problems

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.