Those looking for Tetris styled games on the Android Market may soon find that their number of choices is dwindling fast. The Tetris Company has sent a DMCA notice to Google, asking that any games which resemble the original Russian classic be removed from the market. So far, it appears that Google has removed 35 different games, though there are a few that are still lingering. The Tetris Company has taken legal action in the past against companies that infringe on the game’s trade dress. Under the Lanham Act, the Tetris Company has the right to block the production and sales of any game which are similar or could be mistaken as the original.
It’s not clear why the Tetris Company has waited until now to ask Google to remove the competing products from the Android market. EA has an official license from them to distribute Tetris on mobile platforms, but their Java port to Android has drawn very little interest due to its high price, poor controls, and the fact that it is not available through the Android Market.
At Google I/O, EA was actually showing off a brand new build of the Tetris game which should be launching on the Android Market within the coming months. Maybe the Tetris Company is simply trying to clear out any competition just in time for the launch of the official Tetris game from EA this summer.