Blizzard’s copyright lawsuit against Chinese game-maker is dismissed

    
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FEEL THE NOISE

Today’s big news is that you can copy as many characters from World of Warcraft as you want without any legal penalties whatsoever. Blizzard‘s copyright infringement lawsuit against Chinese company Lilith Games has been dismissed by the court in the US. So go ahead and make that game about Garrosh Hellscream becoming a Broadway singer — because you could win the case!

All right, fine, that’s not really what it means. The case is being dismissed chiefly because Blizzard’s original claim of copyright infringement was sweepingly broad and didn’t actually call attention to any distinct elements of World of Warcraft characters being copied in Lilith Games’ title DOTA Legend. (The game in question also isn’t a MOBA of any sort, just for added name confusion.) A more specific filing could easily bring the case right back to court. So it’s less a lack of legal backing for Blizzard’s characters and more the result of being overly broad with a filing; you probably will still run into problems with Springtime for Hellscream.

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Silvercat18
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Silvercat18

Its the old Games Workshop lawyer failing of “oh crap, they actually fought the case and our half assed but menacing legal accusations are actually written by a five year old schoolboy and thus we lost”.

They get so used to other people simply caving in due to the cost that they kinda lose the plot of how to do actual law stuffs with law words.

AndrewMcCunn
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AndrewMcCunn

Kalimdor was having trouble
What a sad, sad story
Needed a new leader to restore
Its former glory

Where oh where was he?
Where could that orc be?
We looked around and then we found
The orc for you and me and now it’s

Springtime for Garrosh and Kalimdor!
Orgrimmar is happy and gay
We’re marching to a faster pace
Look out, here comes the orcish race!

Springtime for Garrosh and Kalimdor!
Winter for humans and dwarves
Springtime for Garrosh and Kalimdor!
Come on, Hordelings, go into your dance

I was born in Thunderbluff
And that is why they call me Rolf!

Don’t be stupid, be a smarty
Come and tank my dungeon party!

tilles87
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tilles87

Bluetouchpaper It’s funny, but the pandaren were an April’s fool joke for WarCraft III, and were later introduced in Frozen Throne, which was released years before Kung Fu Panda. I wonder why didn’t they sue DreamWorks.

Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

Loopstah McSleaz They deserve to be sued for copyright infringement of Kung Fu Panda .

Anatidae
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Anatidae

Well, if Blizzard won based on broad copyright, I think the guys who started up game workshop could seriously collect the green (among others). 

Bliz is like Apple in that regard. They have no problems taking other’s ideas and claiming them as their own, but get really pissy the other way around.

tilles87
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tilles87

FlyinDutchman And every evil sword is a ripoff of Stormbringer. Which is based on mythic cursed items. It’s an endless circle who inspired whom.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

FlyinDutchman Yeah, but this is WoW. The Prince was apparently already crazy before all that happened in the book! /s

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

Oh cool, do you have any links of your guild downing hardmode bosses?

MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

Dystopiq I think fan fic is pretty protected if you’re not monetizing it, right?
What I’m saying is… yes, publish that.

jeremy2020
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jeremy2020

CthulhuDawg jeremy2020 This is a misnomer. They do not have to defend every instance of believed infringement. 

Blizzard is doing this because this is a case of copyright infringement. They used very broad definitions against a weak defendant to try to expand accepted case law that they could use against others in bullsh*t cases like the games workshop one you mention.

In short, they have a valid case. It’s a “Home Run”. They tried to use that to give them leverage in other cases that aren’t so clear cut though.