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Microsoft Puts Blocks On In-Browser Minecraft Clone

PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 14:27
by redblade7
https://torrentfreak.com/microsoft-puts ... ne-190831/

Microsoft Puts Blocks On In-Browser Minecraft Clone

"Taiwan-based student and self-taught programmer Ian Huang has been working on MC.JS, a project which he also hoped would bring Minecraft to the web using Javascript."

"“MC.JS brings the best-selling PC game Minecraft into the web with the power of Javascript,” Huang wrote in a now-deleted Github page."

"“The software being distributed on the reported site..[..]..violates these rights by providing users with an application that purports to act as a copy of Minecraft using javascript, encouraging users to provide their official Microsoft logins and circumvent Minecraft’s servers and logins for official gameplay,” the notice reads.

“On top of that, the download is being advertised with copyrighted Minecraft imagery and textures, acting as the backdrop to the site, without Microsoft’s consent or authorization. This is not an action protected by any fair use doctrine,” it continues."

I'm not familiar with Minecraft or this MC.JS, but could Minetest be considered a "clone" and subject to the same problems? We're not using any "copyrighted Minecraft imagery and textures" and game mechanics cannot be copyrighted, but per the images on TF, there is a visual resemblance between Minecraft and Minetest (and its mods like mobs_redo), and perhaps a series of lawsuits against other sandbox games which "look like Minecraft" could be an issue.

Should we worry about this?

Re: Microsoft Puts Blocks On In-Browser Minecraft Clone

PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 17:48
by Krock
Minetest uses none of Microsoft's property, such as network protocol or artwork. They cannot take down Minetest for being a voxel game that aims to look similar to Minecraft. Shooter games also look very similar in design - how else could they possibly design the HUD?.
The idea is nothing new - Infiniminer was also the inspiration to create Minecraft.

Re: Microsoft Puts Blocks On In-Browser Minecraft Clone

PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 20:53
by runs
No, Minetest is a whole different game, not a clone, like Hytale will be. It's like Fornite and PUBG, very similar both, but distinct.

Re: Microsoft Puts Blocks On In-Browser Minecraft Clone

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 02:33
by benrob0329
encouraging users to provide their official Microsoft logins and circumvent Minecraft’s servers and logins for official gameplay,


Quoted for emphasis, this was a perfectly reasonable takedown. Your title is somewhat misleading, this isn't Microsoft taking down a game because it used a similar art-style, this is Microsoft taking down a game that grabbed user's logins and used copyrighted assets.

Re: Microsoft Puts Blocks On In-Browser Minecraft Clone

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 09:15
by Wuzzy
Oh, so this is basically a phishing site? Nice. :D