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3-30-2010 @ 1:41PM
Never fear! Lawbringer is here!I have about two months of columns planned for when I finally get to copyright law, and I will be going into this particular problem. As a short taste version, you own a copyright on anything you type online, and if Blizzard were to copy that, they would be infringing. However, if they never read your work and independently came up with the exact same idea, that wouldn't infringe. To prove that their work was not a copy, they often have to prove they didn't access your work. As a result, if Blizzard starts using ideas from the forum, they either a) bought a license to what was published, b) didn't let their lore guys even look at the forum, or c) the idea was so obvious and/or general they feel confident that no judge is going to think it was copying of a protected copyrighted work.
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