The Fallout Shelter and Westworld mobile game case doesn't look like anything

			    The Fallout Shelter and Westworld mobile game case doesn’t look like anything
			      Nick Diamon, January 3, 2019
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Bethesda Softworks has settled its lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Behavior Interactive. The suit, originally filed in June of last year, alleged that developers at Behavior Interactive, who worked on Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter, took some of that source code and used it to make a similar mobile app based on the Westworld show. It further characterized the Westworld game as a “blatant ripoff” of Fallout Shelter, copying mechanics and art. Bethesda asked for the Westworld game to be shut down and for Warner Bros. to compensate them for the theft.
Bethesda, Behavior, and Warner Bros. have announced that they have settled the lawsuit amicably. All parties have agreed to pay their own legal fees, but no other terms were disclosed. Both games are still available for download and in-game transactions remain live.


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“Mariposa” Saloon, eh? Clearly a ripoff.


I don’t understand what the problem is? The IPs are clearly distinct. Easter eggs like the name of the saloon aren’t exactly unheard of in gaming either. (For example the dozen or so silly random encounters in Fallout 2, and a few in Arcanum.) Does the developer not own the source code? Is it possible for a developer to rip itself off?