New York Times Shuts Down Wordle Archive Collection Of Puzzles

In a step as unsurprising as it is disappointing,

New York Times starts dropping your weight when it comes to world former freedom. The first big sign of this, as noted Ars Techniqueis their coercion Wordle Archive switch off. There is no doubt who owns this archive of five letter puzzles. That once spent at least a million bucks to do so, and they clearly have the right to prevent others from hosting those particular games. At the same time, they do not offer an equivalent archival service and those who do have always tried not to post that day’s puzzle so as not to step on the older boy’s toes unnecessarily. So yes, it’s predictable, but it still sucks a bit of magic out of the universe.

It is worth noting that “archive of words” –

The largest of all wordlerelated search terms on google, fact which the possibly done in Wordle Archive one of the biggest competitors to the official, daily puzzles organized by once. Wordle Archive now only shows a message thanking the players and an explanation that the newspaper “requested that Wordle Archive be removed.” They then embark on their new puzzle game called Word grid.

The move raises some troubling questions about those 85,000 wordle clones that we enjoy every day. If New York Times doesn’t want people to host the previous puzzles they otherwise put on the air, how do they feel about games like Wordle Unlimited, doodle, Cordle, Octordl, Sedecordle… All of them are, in fact, just world but played at the same time. And if they’re really hungry, what about spin-offs? botanist, peace, Global, chess, Absurd… Well, the good news is that they are most probably safe.

wordle so impressively derivative in itself that New York Times it will be difficult to pull off a one-to-one direct copy of the game. Right now in the UK licensed version of the American game show jargon works every day on the same principle. American version jargon it had three shows airing as far back as 1987 and is returning for a fourth incarnation later this year on CBS hosted by RuPaul.

Even this derivative of the 1955 board game, Giotto because Wikipedia is watching. But this is also a variation. Cows and bulls game that perhaps dates back a century and on which mastermind, a board game founded in the 1970s. That’s all there is to say New York Times he has no leg to stand on if he we to try and disable clones based on the format.

I noticed Ars followed the same story of the game (damn them for equally meticulous work) and spoke to a lawyer who suggested that clones are not copyrightable unless they copy the “expression” of an idea rather than the idea itself. . However, where once may become more assertive when it comes to trademark use. The “word” as a set of letters is now theirs, thanks to the madness of capitalism, so games using exact letters like Wordle Unlimited as well as crossword– may need rebranding. And it’s technically possible that they could try to claim that the “dle” suffix is ​​too close to their trademarks, but the negative press would be breathtaking. I would be surprised. But then I often go.

Another thing clones/by-products might want to think about at this stage is their presentation. Many games use world every familiar green and yellow tiles and a clean layout, so if New York Times becomes unpleasantly lawyers, these games may start receiving uncomfortable emails.

More: With Wordle Archive you can play all the words that came before whenever you want

It is worth noting that the closed archive was, of course, not the only one.


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