Nexon Korea apparently yoinked some Blizzard artwork

    
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Oh, this is going poorly.

There are certain phrases you never really expect to come up over the course of a work day, and boy, “Nexon steals artwork from Blizzard” is high on that list. But it did indeed happen, by all appearances. A promo image from the most recent update to Mabinogi Heroes – known in these parts as Vindictus – featured an unmistakable resemblance to promotional art surrounding Diablo III, in that it was a new piece of art over the exact same backdrop with the saturation turned down slightly.

Actually, that’s being a bit too charitable, since you can even still see the original image in the background; there’s a video comparison of the two down below. It’s not subtle.

To no one’s great surprise, Nexon pulled the image and apologized promptly, although it’s unclear whether Blizzard threatened action or even noticed what was going on. There’s your bizarre story for the day, if you wanted one.

Source: MMOculture; thanks to Jay for the tip!
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BryanCo
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BryanCo

Swiper no swiping!

Crow God
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Crow God

Jeez, I thought these was gonna be a Nexon America Inc. thing, was not expecting it to be a Nexon Co., Ltd. thing. Guess that goes to show that Nexon American isn’t the only Nexon that can screw up big time. Bet you someone lost their overpaid job.

Futabot
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Futabot

I read the headline as North Korea and got really excited.

thain
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thain

Yeah. The last thing I would expect is the opposite. Blizzard stealing some nexon art. This news is more of : I thought they had moved beyond that, oh well.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

No More Tears Except that isn’t how copyrights or patent law works at all.  Do you think if I am in a patent case and I pull out a drawing it has any bearing in a court of law?  You are confusing patent law with contracts > neither of which are the same thing.  

A patent is applied for and then granted if it is deemed worthy.  You dont invent something, sit on it and hope someone with capital invents…anbd then makes the item.  To think that is how it works is stupid with no merit.

No More Tears
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No More Tears

Armsbend It’d be the business model here in the US (and similar countries) if we didn’t have such aggressive copyright laws. Perhaps as a side effect, we have patent squatting. Instead of stealing an idea now and risking lawsuits, we can whip up some vague diagrams and claim someone in the future stole your idea. Wait until they invest millions into it and let them do all the development work, then one day conveniently whip out a paper napkin with some scribbles on it and go to court!
That’s how to do real business here in the Estados Unidos.

Wodenir
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Wodenir

hah

PizzaDoh
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PizzaDoh

ZenDadaist I want to say they started with that as a reference and had good intentions…but that feels like a stretch. Seems like a lazy ass artist who doesn’t deserve his job.

PizzaDoh
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PizzaDoh

SoMuchMass Armsbend E-yup. Look at our phone app markets. When laws are relaxed and people are powerless against content stealing it happens left and right. This isn’t a “korean” thing (and korea as seen here is actively stopping it)

PizzaDoh
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PizzaDoh

Porculasalvania Armsbend And complete made up horseshit let’s not forget that.