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Posted by , 7 December 2016 at 2:32 pm UTC / 4276 views
After ZeniMax sent the lawyers knocking, the developer of what was called DoomRL (Doom Roguelike) has changed it's name to 'DRL' [Github, Official Site] and it's now open source.

ZeniMax are well within their rights to "protect" the Doom brand, but I still think their lawyers are idiotic for doing this. It's not like small-time roguelike was actually competing with the real Doom.

It's quite amusing really, the logo still uses the Doom style, but is also now just DRL and the title of the website is now "DRL - D**m, the roguelike". The developer must have had a giggle editing it all.

The code is under the GPL 2.0 license, while the original art is under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

Find it on github here.

The developer is currently working on Jupiter Hell [Official Site], a new roguelike without any ties to Doom that needs a push on Kickstarter.
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dibz commented on 7 December 2016 at 2:45 pm UTC

It's just copyright law, they have to defend it whether it's competing or not unfortunately.


Guppy commented on 7 December 2016 at 2:51 pm UTC

You might find it idiotic, but there is a fairly good reason why the lawyers are doing this.

1. You have to defend your brand if you want to keep it else you risk a summary judgement against you for not doing to when it 'matters' ( eg. when a large competitor uses your brand )

2. Their mooching off of tre doom brand dilutes it's value and may cause harm to the brand.


I doubt any one would batter if an eye if coca-cola squashed "coca cola: the refreshing rouge lite adventure", so I don't get why people are rushing to the defense of a game that obviously named it self after another larger game to attract attention.


m2mg2 commented on 7 December 2016 at 3:27 pm UTC

dibzIt's just copyright law, they have to defend it whether it's competing or not unfortunately.

No they don't, it is completely optional whether they want to make an issue out of it on a case by case basis. They could also just give permission for this instance. If he was making money from it I can see how it would be an issue, was he charging for the game?


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liamdawe commented on 7 December 2016 at 3:31 pm UTC

dibzIt's just copyright law, they have to defend it whether it's competing or not unfortunately.
No they do not. They choose to.

Edit: minor spelling


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MayeulC commented on 7 December 2016 at 4:14 pm UTC

As @liamdawe and @m2mg2 pointed it out, they don't have to. But it's well within their rights to do so.

I will repost the Eff link I put in the comments last time :

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/11/trademark-law-does-not-require-companies-tirelessly-censor-internet

It's an interesting and not too long read, especially by lawyers' standards.

Disclaimer: IANAL

That's nice to see them going open source, I could see myself contributing some day (So many open source projects... )


Gobo commented on 7 December 2016 at 5:12 pm UTC

I really like how the repository for DRL is still called doomrl

They changed the subdomain on chaosforge though...

What matters is both games are still alive and doing well.


Avehicle7887 commented on 7 December 2016 at 9:03 pm UTC

Part of me is happy that Zenimax ruffled their feathers as this should bring the game into a brighter light now that it's open source, this might help the game reach 1.0 and develop even further.


crt0mega commented on 7 December 2016 at 9:33 pm UTC

Well played!


Rolz73 commented on 8 December 2016 at 1:58 pm UTC
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Good to see the little guys still pushing back.


Swiftpaw commented on 8 December 2016 at 7:20 pm UTC

Next up: the Catholic Church sues Zenimax for infringing upon the concept of Hell.


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