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9-30-2011 @ 7:51PM
I believe the spirit of the TOS is that they do not want any third party making money off their game. Period. That being the case, if a hypothetical person were to look for and find some of these addons on file sharing sites and download them, their authors would have a hard time making the case that it's piracy.Not that I, personally, have ever visited that sort of file sharing site. But if I hypothetically did, I wouldn't feel hypothetically guilty for it.
9-30-2011 @ 8:01PM
Addon authors do not give up thier copyrights to the code they write for WoW just because they are not permitted to charge for it. Nor does someone who writes a guide vacate thier rights by making it sbout playing WoW. Using Blizzard IP and properties in the guide would cause issues though, that's for sure. I don't think you could write a leveling guide without calling it "Hillsbrad". The level 20-25 undead zone just doesn't have the same ring.
9-30-2011 @ 11:02PM
@mak:You can't copyright really small snippets such as single names. Besides, game guides most likely would be a prime example of fair use (as long as the author of the guide doesn't go on copying large stretches of the product - say, reproducing all quest text - on it's guide).In the end, Blizzard can't really win a copyright suite against authors that write and sell an unauthorized guide for WoW, as long as the author does not do anything dumb. Does not mean they can't use the threat as a scare tactic, though.
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