Apple and the Tetris Company Sued for Copyright Infringment

Author Dan Ackerman alleges his book was illicitly used as the basis for the film.

By Brandon Elkins. Posted 08/14/2023 09:01 Comment on this     ShareThis

Dan Akerman, editor-in-chief of the tech news website Gizmodo, filed a lawsuit against Apple and the Tetris Company for adapting his book into film without his permission. Ackerman claims he sent his book, The Tetris Effect: The Game That Hypnotized the World, to the Tetris Company in 2016, which then allegedly copied it for the movie and threatened him with legal action if he were to create his own film or TV spin-offs.

The Tetris movie premiered on Apple TV earlier this March. Ackerman demands payment for damages equating to at least 6 percent of the film’s $80m production budget. In the lawsuit, Ackerman claims that his book was used to write the screenplay of the film starting back in 2017. He stated the film had “liberally borrowed numerous specific sections and events of the book” and was “similar in almost all material respects” to it.

Ackerman accused Apple and the Tetris Company of copyright infringement, unfair competition, and illegal business interference. Apple and the Tetris Company had not immediately responded to request for comment on the lawsuit.

Source: The Guardian

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