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EA shuts down open source SimCity 2000 over lifted assets

"The current audio visual output of the repository creates content that infringes on Electronic Arts copyright," says publisher

Electronic Arts has shut down a fan-created remake of SimCity 2000 after it was revealed the game wasn't as open source as it purported to be.

As reported by TorrentFreak, EA has filed a DMCA takedown on OpenSC2K for its use of assets taken straight from the 1993 original.

Given that SimCity 2000 is still available for purchase on the Origin Store, EA has requested that OpenSC2K be removed from GitHub, where the game was hosted.

"The current audio visual output of the repository creates content that infringes on Electronic Arts copyright," reads the DMCA notice posted on GitHub.

"As long as that continues to happen, no other changes other than removal is sufficient to address the infringement."

Nicholas Ochoa, the creator behind OpenSC2K told TorrentFreak he was never contacted by EA or GitHub prior to the takedown.

"I received notification after the fact from GitHub," he said. "Nobody from EA has reached out since and I'm still waiting for GitHub to review my request.

"I just wish they'd have reached out first, I would've gladly removed the content quickly and without issue."

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