Copyright; Intellectual Property; Infringement; idea-expression dichotomy; District Court of New Jersey; video games; clones; game protectability; Tetris; Tetris Holding; Xio; Xio Interactive; Mino; P

In a decision that set the gaming world abuzz, on May 30, 2012, the District Court of Jersey held that the development of an iOS clone of the popular puzzle game Tetris infringed the copyright held by Tetris Holding, LLC (“Tetris Holding”).  Given the many permutations of Tetris that have surfaced since the game’s inception,