Dark and Darker Developer Uses ChatGPT AI tool in Bid to Prove it Hasn't Infringed Copyright

Zakhi Mgutshini
Mar 29, 2023
Updated • Mar 29, 2023
Apps, Security

Recently Dark and Darker by Ironmace, a Korean developer has used ChatGPT to prove a non-infringement on copyright claims. An accusation from Nexon (Another Korean developer) claims that its game (P3) was used as a Dark and Darker prototype. This could also be stirred up by the fact that some of Ironmace’s employees used to work for Nexon. 

Ironmace says all of Nexon’s accusations are based on distorted claims. Nexon has taken a further step of serving a cease and desist letter and DMCA takedown on Ironmace. This all resulted in the removal of Dark and Darker from Steam. Reportedly Ironmace is working on getting the game back on Steam

Ironmace penned a statement addressing the allegations of Copyright infringement and misappropriation of Trade Secrets. In their statement, they used a segment from ChatGPT. Ironmace used the chatbot to show the generic nature of the “premise of adventures delving into dungeons full of monsters and treasures in their quest for riches.” They stated that the feature was common and broadly applied in many fantasy games. 

That was the response received from ChatGPT when asked to create “a description for a generic PvP Dungeon Crawling Game.” This is a feature that can also be found in Dark and Darker and Nexon’s P3.

The gameplay in both games requires strategic decision-making as players decide when to attack another player or players. Players must also focus on advancing through the dungeon while managing their resources with a limited supply of spells, weapons, and health. 

To reach the deepest level of the dungeon is the ultimate goal and defeat the big boss. All this is done by defeating and outsmarting other players. Players can enjoy the game in both PvE and PvP gameplay while the game offers a competitive experience. 

Ironmace further defended itself by saying the shared characteristics could have easily been found in other games with the same genre. In addition to that Ironmace spoke about the employee that left Nexon and said he left the company due to a breakdown of trust with one of his superiors and the uncertain atmosphere. Nexon defended itself by saying it fired the employee on some claims. Apparently, these claims can't be proved. 

Apparently, when the employee left Nexon he said he would pursue a project similar to P3 although the development would be from scratch. Nexon has taken the further step of filing a lawsuit against the employee. Ironmace also took note of the several other employees they hired from Nexon. Ironmace also says they have proof that reveals they have done nothing unlawful by developing Dark and Darker. 

Nexon also finds it hard to prove the allegations as they fail to provide actual evidence.  Nexon also accused Ironmace of a flagrant breach that restricts them from publishing their game to the largest mainstream PC game platform. Ironmace said they welcome the competition from Nexon as they request Nexon to renounce the baseless claims. 


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
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    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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