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Thread: No Man's Sky could be in serious legal trouble

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    Default No Man's Sky could be in serious legal trouble

    No Man's Sky could be in serious legal trouble

    The highly-anticipated No Man's Sky has run into even more problems.
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    I tried looking into the "Superformula" and i'm to dumb to understand anything
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    Much discussion has been had between friends and colleagues regarding this.
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    Surely they would have thought about this during the last few years of development ? You can't just sweep something like this under the rug, seeing as its basically the backbone of the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crableg View Post
    Surely they would have thought about this during the last few years of development ? You can't just sweep something like this under the rug, seeing as its basically the backbone of the game.
    No one was sweeping anything under the rug... The devs repeatedly told anyone who would listen that they are using the algorithm. Thing is, there is massive debate in the software world about the patentability of an algorithm. In general, it's a description of a method of doing something, which might fall under patent law. Here, though, it's a mathematical description (from what I could tell), which is as patentable as me telling you that the sky is blue - it's merely a description of something.

    Either way, the original author has indicated that they have no intention of holding up the game; if anything, a license fee will be applicable.
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    Well it's led to some interesting discussion in office.

    Sean Murray has used part of the algorithm, and equation to be exact, by which he has then created his own algorithm upon said equation presumably? Now you don't code in algorithms and applications or computers read in binary, so how would this be proved if he now just says that the equation wasn't used. Also at the end of the day, it's just maths, who owns maths? I understand this bloke has trademarked his equation/algorithm, but is that trademark only applicable in Denmark (or the country he is in)?

    If I was Sean I would let this go to court if he so wanted, and see how it plays out. This is going to be very hard to prove in a court of law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeoTeK View Post
    Well it's led to some interesting discussion in office.

    Sean Murray has used part of the algorithm, and equation to be exact, by which he has then created his own algorithm upon said equation presumably? Now you don't code in algorithms and applications or computers read in binary, so how would this be proved if he now just says that the equation wasn't used. Also at the end of the day, it's just maths, who owns maths? I understand this bloke has trademarked his equation/algorithm, but is that trademark only applicable in Denmark (or the country he is in)?

    If I was Sean I would let this go to court if he so wanted, and see how it plays out. This is going to be very hard to prove in a court of law.
    Not trademarked, patented. Trademark is when you call your thing WonderUberThing, then no one else may use the name. A patent is a description of the method by which something works, such as the Coca Cola recipe - I couldn't (while the patent was active) recreate the recipe in my garage and then bottle it and sell it under WonderUberThing (tm), as the recipe is patented by the Coca Cola Corp.

    EDIT: Also, I don't know the particulars of this, but IIRC correctly the EU and US patent offices recognize each other's authority, i.e. filed in Denmark == filed in the US, but typically patents are filed in the US office and then you're done with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avatar View Post
    Not trademarked, patented. Trademark is when you call your thing WonderUberThing, then no one else may use the name. A patent is a description of the method by which something works, such as the Coca Cola recipe - I couldn't (while the patent was active) recreate the recipe in my garage and then bottle it and sell it under WonderUberThing (tm), as the recipe is patented by the Coca Cola Corp.

    EDIT: Also, I don't know the particulars of this, but IIRC correctly the EU and US patent offices recognize each other's authority, i.e. filed in Denmark == filed in the US, but typically patents are filed in the US office and then you're done with it.
    Sorry, my bad for getting confused with terminology, I hope you understood my intent there.

    Either way, it fundamentally mathematics isn't it, how do you patent that? You don't.
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