Thursday, April 29, 2010

WOTC Lawyers Cracking Down on Posts at ENWorld?

From a twitter tweet of the ENWorld owner "Morrus" :

"Eeek. WotC has its lawyers send us letters about member posts now? I miss The Rouse!"

WTF? Hopefully he posts the letter. How stupid is WOTC? ENWorld is like the last bastion of supporters outside their own message boards. Maybe they want the entire message board content of the internet for their own as well.

I would suspect, if I had to guess, that it has something to do with people posting shit with proprietary WOTC stuff in it, like power cards or stat blocks of something they think they own.

Yet another milestone in the PR debacle that is WOTC

EDIT: I want to see the letter so we can see how far-reaching in scope they are shooting for. Assuming its some perceived Intellectual Property violation, their delusional megalomaniacal actions may affect blogs as well.

EDIT THE SECOND: From Morrus on ENWorld:

"I'll not point anything out directly, but there was a large amount of WotC's IP (direct from the books) posted. It has been dealt with."

You'd think a quick email to Morrus, without getting the Legal Dept. involved would have settled it? I'm sure he would have taken it down with a quick email saying "Hey man, there are parts of our books copied and pasted on your forum. Please take it down."

WTF? Like killing a fly with a sawed-off. The Corpo-Borg Assimilation is apparently complete.

12 comments:

  1. Are they getting desperate or what?

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  2. I want to see the letter so we can see how far-reaching in scope they are shooting for. Assuming its some perceived Intellectual Property violation, their delusional megalomaniacal actions may affect blogs as well.

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  3. Oh dear, that'd be the cease and desist craze of the TSR days all over again. All your stat blocks are belong to us!

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  4. Circling the drain. Companies confident of their ability to excel in the marketplace don't unleash the lawhounds quite so quickly.

    wv: bruounh - the distinctive cry of a lawhound.

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  5. Why can't WotC just be happy? Do they not make enough money?

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  6. @Charisma:

    No corporation thinks they make enough money. For them, the idea of 'enough' money is ludicrous. There's always more blood to be squeezed from stones.

    Makes me wonder how much they'll waste hunting down random people on the internet who are 'hurting their bottom line.'

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  7. I... don't really see the problem here. I mean... is it just "Oh , no the big corporation is suing to protect it's rights! ARRR!"? If someone was posting large chunks of their books (assuming that is what is mean by their IP) telling ENWorld to shut that down seems reasonable. And, since it's a corporation, owned by an even bigger corporation, with all their fiddly lawyer bits... a SnD letter seems reasonable to me. I mena, sure a private e-mail to the site owner might have accomplished the same thing in the end, but ENWorld is a company of sorts is it not?

    Without knowing exactly what was said in the letter, and without knowing exactly what was references it seems a bit early to get the torches and pitch forks out.

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  8. Has wizards taken on the entire blogsphere?

    I see that Zak's blog has been taken down . . .

    Does this have something to do w/

    "Playing XXX with Pornstars?"

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  9. looks like Zak just has a bad link to a recent post...the rest of his site is up.

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  10. thanks Joe,
    I was starting to worry about the
    Evil Empire

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  11. Sorry, Joe, this one is a mountain out of a molehill. We've got a good relationship with Trevor (their community guy) and a bunch of other folks; the link they flagged was a valid (egregious, even) IP violation that we'd missed. And after the fact their lawyer dropped us a nice note saying that they hadn't realized we had a relationship, and that they'd handle things less formally in the future if a problem cropped up.

    So, no complaint on our part. Just some crossed wires. I'm all for keeping them honest, but this one doesn't even count as a symptom of a bigger problem.

    - Piratecat (EN World admin)

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