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> False alarm: MTF will be suspended
morningpee
post May 24 2019, 03:14 PM
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Hey all,

Within the last week, Blue Planet Software complained to the Chrome Web Store about MTF's unauthorized use of their intellectual property, the word "Tetris". I quickly changed the name to "Minimal Tetromino Friends", but since the complaint has already been made, MTF will certainly be removed from the Chrome Web Store unless BPS explicitly asks Google not to remove it.

If it is removed, you can still install the userscript version in Chrome using Tampermonkey. Otherwise, your options would include switching to Opera or Firefox, or going without it.

The full letter (without my and the BPS contact's personal information) is posted below. I forwarded the letter to Tetris Online Support and asked them to reach out to BPS to unsuspend the extension now that it has no mention of the word "Tetris". They responded, saying they will forward the request to BPS. Still, unless something changes, you should plan on MTF being removed from the Chrome Web Store sometime on May 25, 2019.

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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: [mp legal name] <morningpee2@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, May 24, 2019 at 12:04 AM
Subject: Fwd: [8-5926000026669] Chrome Web Store Takedown Warning
To: Tetris Online Support Center <support@tetrisonline.com>


Hi Tetris Online Support,

Hard Drop is holding one last Tetris Friends tournament
(https://twitter.com/harddrop/status/1131068878639886336 ), but a
browser extension that thousands of players use is scheduled for
removal by 05/25/2019. Will you please contact
enf.blueplanet.59371@enfappdetex.com or cws-trademarks@google.com to
request that the browser extension stays up through the end of May for
this tournament?

More info:

I am the maintainer of Minimal Tetromino Friends, a browser extension
that lets players focus on doing their best job in Tetris Friends
games. Until recently, the browser extension was named "Minimal Tetris
Friends"... Over its lifetime since 2014, I have received no
complaints about it, but when I updated it recently, within 72 hours
AppDetex filed a trademark complaint on behalf of Tetris Holding for
unauthorized use of the word "Tetris".

I quickly changed all occurrences of the word "Tetris" in the browser
extension to "Tetromino" and reached out to
[mp legal name] for approval, but now, 3 days
later, I have heard nothing back, and the Chrome Web Store made it
clear that they plan to suspend the browser extension if they don't
hear from the IP owner within 5 days.

Will you please contact them so that MTF can stay up for the
tournament? The extension does not matter so much after the end of
May, but until then, virtually all of the players in the tournament
are bound to use it.

All best,

[mp legal name]
"morningpee"

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [mp legal name] <morningpee2@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 May 2019 00:16:39 -0500
Subject: Fwd: [8-5926000026669] Chrome Web Store Takedown Warning
To: enf.blueplanet.59371@enfappdetex.com

Hello [BPS attorney],

I have been notified of a complaint regarding my browser extension,
for "[use of] the registered TETRIS mark without authorization from
the IP owner". In response, I have updated the browser extension to be
named Minimal Tetromino Friends:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/m...icmkpkbpbfelhki

Please let me know if this resolution is acceptable to you.

All best,

[mp legal name]

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: cws-trademarks@google.com
Date: Mon, 20 May 2019 21:43:55 +0000
Subject: [8-5926000026669] Chrome Web Store Takedown Warning
To: morningpee2@gmail.com



Dear Developer,

Google has received a trademark complaint regarding your item, “Minimal
Tetris Friends" with ID jmcfgfebjmfodjnmgicmkpkbpbfelhki. We have included
a copy of the original notice we received for your reference below.

We encourage you to resolve this matter with the complainant directly. If
you are unable to resolve this issue with the complainant within 5 business
days, we may need to suspend your item. If you have any further questions
or concerns about this issue, such as how to address the alleged
infringement and bring your item into compliance, please address them
directly to the complainant: *enf.blueplanet.59371@enfappdetex.com.*

Regards,
The Chrome Web Store Team

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Update 2019-07-29: It looks like the name change is enough to keep the extension up.
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post May 24 2019, 09:23 PM
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That sucks, especially since we have the final tournament on that day!

Although TF is shutting down on 31st of may anyway, so not a big loss.


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post May 26 2019, 11:25 AM
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MTF stopped working for me a long time ago so they probably had that going for a while now
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post May 26 2019, 08:54 PM
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QUOTE(Gamsterdeath @ May 26 2019, 11:25 AM) *

MTF stopped working for me a long time ago so they probably had that going for a while now


No, MTF stopped working when TF updated the game version from 0173 to 0178 and was fixed on May 17. Considering that the trademark complaint was filed within 72 hours of publishing the updated browser extension, the automated AppDetex tool that filed the complaint may only search recently-updated extensions.
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post May 27 2019, 01:49 AM
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QUOTE(morningpee @ May 26 2019, 08:54 PM) *

QUOTE(Gamsterdeath @ May 26 2019, 11:25 AM) *

MTF stopped working for me a long time ago so they probably had that going for a while now


No, MTF stopped working when TF updated the game version from 0173 to 0178 and was fixed on May 17. Considering that the trademark complaint was filed within 72 hours of publishing the updated browser extension, the automated AppDetex tool that filed the complaint may only search recently-updated extensions.

I'm filled with nostalgia/sadness that TF is now going. Its great that you implemented a last minute fix in time for the tournament.

I'm sad that a plugin i wrote for the tournament (live stats view of previous game, showing tspins, apm, tpm etc) wasn't used, but am glad my HD upscaler was used Grin.png


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Like many setups here, it is useful if your opponent doesn't move and you get 4 Ts in a row.
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post May 28 2019, 12:45 AM
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QUOTE(XaeL @ May 27 2019, 01:49 AM) *

I'm filled with nostalgia/sadness that TF is now going. Its great that you implemented a last minute fix in time for the tournament.

I'm sad that a plugin i wrote for the tournament (live stats view of previous game, showing tspins, apm, tpm etc) wasn't used, but am glad my HD upscaler was used Grin.png

I'm glad it was not taken down before the tourney ran its course. Your TF visualizing tools are very neat, I hope those codebases can be reused to some extent once TF is gone.
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