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8-23-2008 @ 1:14PM
Phew. When I read the title i thought you meant the Characters app. I think the main difference is that the Armory Browser is 99 cents, so they are making money from using Blizzards data without authorization, which I believe infringes copyright law. Because the Characters app is free (in fact, the developers have acually lost money on it due to the $99 needed to sign up for the developer programme) it is exempt, as it is a non-profit effort.
8-23-2008 @ 1:28PM
Technically speaking Blizzard could still take down the free app, but thing is, they have no reason to. Blizzard has shown nothing but support to those who produce community tools and works of their own volition, as long as they're not profiteering off of them. By all rights, Blizzard could demand that our site close down for instance, since we use Blizzard sound effects and music in our productions, but make money via advertising. They haven't though, because they're not an unreasonable company, they recognize the value of the huge library of player-created content within the WoW community. There is a pretty clear-cut line that should not be crossed, between blatant profiteering, and merely 'paying your way'.
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