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Call of Roma, Caesary, Senatry, Evony Over Copyright Infringement
Oct 20,2011 12:10 by Sara Lau45
Last week, Caesary, (or Caesary Online), was abruptly taken down without any official statement, leaving tens of thousands of desperate fans out of servers and directly causing them to lose money and time they spent over the years. Actually, this seemingly sudden move has a deep-rooted reason behind it.
The game in question, in fact, is a pure clone of the world-renowned Browser Game Evony, and both share the same contents regardless of their different names. The messy status quo of Caesary stems from an alleged copyright violation over source code.
As far as I know, the game was hosted by several publishers, including Kongregate, AeriaGames, Lekool, Topmy, MochiGames, Yoogames, Game321, R2Games, and etc. However, these publishers are affiliated with Heroic Era, owned by YuanFend Lu, a former employee of Evony.
According to Evony LLC, Yuanfeng Lu, who was working in the company from August 2008 to March 2009, had access to all Evony”s copyrighted materials, including the source code, graphics, and language package. When he left the company, he started his own company Feng Investment (or Heroic Era), and then released Caesary, a browser-based real-time strategy game. The game was soon proved to be a huge success with millions of users and tons of profits.
In Dec 23,2010, Evony sent Kongregate a Lawyer Letter to demand the termination of operating Cesary on its platform due to copyright infringement and legal action best online casino taken by Evony. That is why Kongregate permanently brought down the servers of Caesary.
The case also happend to AeriaGames, but AeriaGames did not caese operating the game as soon as it received the Layer Letter. Despite warnings from Evony, Aeria Games decided to continue supporting and servicing the game at the risk of violating copyright laws.
Feng Investment undoubtedly made a tremendous number of profits, but this also caused severe monetary damages to Evony and jeopardized the justice of laws, so Evony sued Aeria Games and Feng Investment for copyright infringement earlier 2011.
Because the two games shared the same look and feel in all aspects, ranging from game options to typographical errors, Aeria Games seemed to realize how the situation goes in the next stage. And Aeria Games immediately terminated the operation of Caesary (Apr 25,2011). Shortly after, it was also shut down by other publishers. In this way, Evony’s exclusive ownership of this popular game was finally recognized in the market.
However, the story does not stop here, because Senatry and Call of Roma are ambitiously emerging on the horizon. What’s the relationship between Call of Roma, Senatry and Caesary? Actually, they are again the same game with different names, which is definitely a cunning and brazen scheme of the infringers. To them, Caesary is an inexhaustible treasure chest, so they will not give up it at all events; on the contrary, they are willing to risk another round of legal proceedings.
Wow, the real-life struggles can even compete against those in the pertinent magnificent game! Don’t you think so? Although Call of Rome is thriving rapidly on the Internet now, but it is still infringing on the right of Evony. To my mind, another lawsuit is inevitable. Has Feng Investment given any thought to the interests of players in addition to its own profits? If Call of Rome is forced to shut down, where will we retrieve our money? How will we get compensated for our precious time? We must learn our lesson from the history; otherwise, our efforts will be spent in vain again.
At the moment, we still have no idea about how this complicated conflict will proceed in the future, but we will always keep an eye on it.
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