UPDATE: That was quick! The game has already been taken down from the Beijing 2008 site...With the 2008 Summer Olympics just around the corner the message has been made abundantly clear: don't mess with China. For example, pirating any sort of Olympics-related products won't be tolerated. Yet this notion doesn't seem to go both ways, as it seems the Beijing Olympics have been doing some piracy of their own.
If you were to head to the "Fun Page" of Beijing's official Olympics page, you'd find a game called "Fuwa Fight the Winter Clouds." It's right smack dab on the front page. It also seems to be a carbon copy of a game called "Snow Day," made by a company called The Pencil Farm. Take a look for yourself - it seems pretty clear.
Says the creator of "Snow Day":
I’d also like to point out that this is not just a clone of my game. They didn’t see my game and set out to make a similar game. They actually stole my game. I’ll say it again:That's rough, isn't it? With all the fun Olympic-related fun we've had thus far, nothing can be all that surprising. And here's guessing the months leading up to the games will get even better.
The Olympics stole my game.
They downloaded the swf file from my site, decompiled it, swapped out the little guy for the Fuwa characters, took my name off of it and republished it as their own. I can tell this is what happened because they are still using some of my original art from Snow Day (the clouds and the ice cube are exactly the same). I also took the liberty of decompiling their game and actually found it still contains the sound files from Snow Day, even though they aren’t being used in the Olympic version.
The Beijing Olympic Committee has a place on its website where you can report violations of Olympic intellectual property. But the question begs - where can we report infringements done by the Olympics themselves?