Blizzard’s lawyers are busy again, this time suing yet another overseas company for ripping off WoW

    
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Another day, another Blizzard lawsuit – this one lodged against the Chinese purveyor of Glorious Saga, a mobile/browser title from Joyfun/Sina Games that pretty much steals shamelessly from World of Warcraft. Check this out.

Defendants did not just copy a few discrete elements from Blizzard’s Warcraft games; they created a game whose content is almost entirely copied from the Warcraft games and related products. Every character in the Infringing Game was copied from a character from the Warcraft games, and many even bear the names of popular characters from the Warcraft games such as “Jaina Proudmoore,” “Gul’dan,” and “Malfurion.” Every monster, creature, animal and vehicle in the Infringing Game was copied from the Warcraft Games. Weapons, amulets, and other objects were taken straight from the Warcraft games, without pretense. Audio cues and sound effects from the Warcraft games were reproduced for the Infringing Game. Defendants even created an icon for their game that plainly is intended to look like the cover of Blizzard’s most recent World of Warcraft expansion, Battle for Azeroth.

I feel the exasperation in this complaint and mirror every time I file a takedown claim – I’m always just amazed that thieves would go to all the trouble of stealing our stuff but not bother to change logos and references to MassivelyOP. “Brazen” indeed. And also foolish, given Blizzard’s long (long!) history of suing copyright thieves.

Anyhow, Blizzard’s lawyers are asking the US District Court in Central California to put the kibosh on the infringing material and award attorneys’ fees and damages of “$150,000 for each copyright infringed.”

Wanna lose yourself in some old law stories? Here’s a bunch of the ones we’ve covered in the last few years involving Blizzard specifically.

Source: Scribd via Polygon
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Kevin Smith

It’s hilarious you should go to their facebook page an read their respond about having to shut the game down today.

“But due to some irresistible reasons, we decided to announce that the game will stop operating at 06:00 on 29th of Aug. (EDT), and all the servers will be closed. Players can’t login any longer.”

Irresistible reasons, how about just writing we stole all our stuff. IP theft is bad mkay.

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QueBlanco_

They added 5 pictures and explained the lore of warcraft to jury. ahahahahaha

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Hirku

Wow, I never bothered to look up the game…that’s about as blatant as you can get.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah of course it’s China. Over there they love to rip off IPs and other games’ assets.

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Richard de Leon III

what irks me is that it gives the impression they dont have a creative bone in their bodies, that all they do is copy. There are a ton of unique IPs and stories in china, just that they tend to be low key since the govt frowns on a lot of topics.

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Utakata

“I feel the exasperation in this complaint and mirror every time I file a takedown claim – I’m always just amazed that thieves would go to all the trouble of stealing our stuff but not bother to change logos and references to MassivelyOP.”

…the question becomes not that anyone would do this, but why? It’s not like the staff at MOP are rolling naked in money because this site a household name or something. o.O

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Hirku

It’s not like the staff at MOP are rolling naked in money

Maybe they are, just not in the denominations you’re thinking.

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Bryan Correll

They wear swimsuits.

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Robert Mann

China. Good luck getting anything. Infringement capital of the world there. :(

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Hirku

The game is shut down, at least.

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Robert Mann

Yeah, at least on store fronts that operate where liability might remove any profit.

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silverlock

If only it was limited to games but you see this sort of thing in every field of human endeavor.

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IronSalamander8 .

I saw this earlier. It’s such a blatant ripoff it’s comical.