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Activision removes ORION from Steam through DMCA takedown claim

Activision removes ORION from Steam through DMCA takedown claim

Activision removes ORION from Steam through DMCA takedown claim

Activision removes ORION from Steam through DMCA takedown claim

 

Activision has successfully removed ORION from Steam through a DMCA takedown claim over use of weapon art content from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, preventing the game from selling during Steam's biggest sales period. 

While on the surface this may seem like a horrible injustice for the developers of Orion, Trek Industries, formerly Spiral Game Studios, a little research on the company yielded some surprising results. It seems that Trek Industries has a checkered past and several past instances of content theft from other developers. 

Right now it may be popular to complain about DMCA takedowns, especially when applied to popular YouTubers, but we must remember that the DMCA does serve legitimate purposes and protects the content created by countless game developers and movie makers both inside and outside of YouTube.

In a recent post to several forms of social media like Facebook, reddit, and the Steam Community forums Trek Industries has  purposefully tried to deceive consumers by claiming that Activision's claims are false and make themselves look like the victim. 

Below is a section of the DMCA claim, stating that Orion uses "weapon art content" from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

     on behalf of Activision, who alleges that the game Orion uses weapon art content from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The weapon art in question includes the M8A7 rifle, the Haymaker rifle, and the Bal-27 rifle.

 

The developers of Orion provided these two images in their posts, alleging that while there are some similarities that they are not copies. Trek Industries also alleges that Valve did not check the legitimacy of this DMCA claim or contact them before the game was removed from the Steam Storefront. 

 

   Activision removes ORION from Steam through DMCA takedown claim  Activision removes ORION from Steam through DMCA takedown claim

 (Images provided by Trek Industries)

 

While the images provided by Trek Industries only show a passing resemblance it is clear that they do not show us the whole picture. In actuality, the weapons in Orion do not just copy single weapons from Call of Duty, but several.

Looking at the images below we can see that the weapons from Orion do no just have a passing similarity to Call of Duty, using models which are in most places identical to several weapons from the Call of Duty series. We can see in the bottom image that 

We can see in the bottom image that a gun from Orion is made up of sections of several weapons from Call of Duty, creating what looks like a unique weapon but is, in fact, a hodgepodge of assets that are taken from Activision. 

  

Activision removes ORION from Steam through DMCA takedown claim  Activision removes ORION from Steam through DMCA takedown claim  

(Comparisons created by the PCMasterRace Community)

 

This is not the first time that Trek Industries, formerly Spiral Studios, has been accused of stealing assets from other games and other shady practices, with the developer being previously accused of taking assets from Primal Carnage, Counter-Strike, and Natural Selection 2.

Below is an image of T-Rex models from Primal Carnage which has an uncanny resemblance to the model used in Orion: Prelude, which is said to have been simply retextured and had a few proportions changed by Spiral Studios. Just look at the feet and scales and you will see that they are more or less identical. 

 

Activision removes ORION from Steam through DMCA takedown claim  

Right now there is a petition to overturn Steam's decision to uphold the DMCA complaint and remove the game from steam, but as it stands the DMCA claim looks completely legitimate as the weapon models from Orion look like a simple fusion of stolen assets from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. 

At this time the Steam page for ORION simply guides users to the Steam homepage and is unlikely to ever lead to the game ever again. Current owners of the game should still be able to download and play the game, but nobody new should be able to purchase a copy. 

 

You can join the discussion on Activision removing Orion from Steam through a DMCA takedown claim on the OC3D Forums

 

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28-06-2016, 07:54:48

ricksavoie
I disagree with calling these weapons copies. Even in real life, weapons from various manufacturers will use very similar rails since it is the only way to be compatible with accessories. Most assault rifles (from various manufacturers) have triggers, guards, grips, etc in similar locations with similar appearances. That's because they are fired by they same type of creatures (humans). I'm think the similarities mimic real life similarities. These similarities should only provide a more "realistic and viable" universe of plausible weapons for both games fantasy weapons. Blocking sales of a competitors game for this minutia is ridiculous and should not have been done by Steam.Quote

28-06-2016, 08:06:07

BigDaddyKong
It's probably not worth selling due to the cost of the legal fees versus profit of seeing the game for Steam. It's not financially prudent to fight the take down notice.Quote

28-06-2016, 08:08:17

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by ricksavoie View Post
I disagree with calling these weapons copies. Even in real life, weapons from various manufacturers will use very similar rails since it is the only way to be compatible with accessories. Most assault rifles (from various manufacturers) have triggers, guards, grips, etc in similar locations with similar appearances. That's because they are fired by they same type of creatures (humans). I'm think the similarities mimic real life similarities. These similarities should only provide a more "realistic and viable" universe of plausible weapons for both games fantasy weapons. Blocking sales of a competitors game for this minutia is ridiculous and should not have been done by Steam.
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...062414138l.jpg
Really.Quote

28-06-2016, 08:31:34

Greenback
seems to be stretching the line abit looking at the imagesQuote

28-06-2016, 09:48:48

FlawlessSoul
Every video on their Youtube account reeks of scam. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFOi-5H2VI4Quote
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