In March of 2016, Google launched a new online multiplayer game called Chess Online, which featured a 3D chess board, and offered the opportunity to compete against your friends.
The game was one of the first online multiplayer games to feature chess boards, and the original design was designed to provide a more challenging experience than the usual online multiplayer mode.
The game came with a number of features, including an in-game ranking system that ranked your chess skills based on how well you played in the game, a free-form chat system, and a real-time scoring system that rewards you with a new rank based on your previous performance.
But in September of 2017, a lawsuit was filed against Google, alleging that the company violated copyright by allowing the chess board to be shared on Google+ for commercial purposes.
The lawsuit claims that Google is violating the DMCA by allowing Chess Online to be distributed on Google+, but is not required to license the software to anyone else.
In a response to the lawsuit, Google wrote that Chess Online “is a content service that Google provides to users of its Chromecast® and Google Home® devices.”
In a court filing, Google’s lawyer wrote that “the Chess Online service is not an integral part of the Google services provided by Google, including Google Maps, Google+, Gmail, Google Cloud, or Google+ and is not a substitute for such services, which are offered by third parties.”
Google’s response states that the chess game is licensed to Chess Online as a free software program, which means that Google “is not required by copyright law to license Chess Online.”
The company further states that “Chromecast is not licensed by Google.”
While Google is not obligated to license to any other party, it did make clear that the software is not copyright infringement.
“We have never used Chess Online in violation of copyright law, and Google never makes the Chess Online software available for sale, either commercially or as a downloadable app,” Google’s lawyers wrote in their response.
“We are not copyright trolls and never seek to do so.
We are only interested in making our services better for everyone.”
While the lawsuit is still pending, Google is currently preparing to appeal the court’s decision.
In a statement to Polygon, Chess Online’s legal team explained that Google has “no comment.”