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2-13-2012 @ 5:11PM
I love how Blizzard assumes they own the name "DOTA" when it was simply a mod NOT MADE BY THEM for their game. Dota 2 uses no models or anything from WarCraft III. Blizzard has no right to do this, especially a pathetic move as waiting until the game is almost finished to file this kind of crap. I hope they win, then I hope they turn it around and sue Blizzard for "Blizzard DOTA".
2-13-2012 @ 5:17PM
Did... did you even read the article?
2-13-2012 @ 5:22PM
"Filing an opposition does not necessarily mean that Blizzard wants to trademark DOTA -- it doesn't."No one owns the name, but Blizzard holds the right to trademark the title of the map since it was created within their IP under their terms.If you make anything using IP that's already out there, even if you do it within the legal rights given to you by the company, the company has the right to remove all support and restrict production if they want.If they really want to make a sequel, just call it something else. It's not that big a deal, just looks at HoN and LoL. They're popular without the DOTA name slapped onto them.
They can very well try, and yes they do have a right to do this. I don't think there's a chance in hell of Blizzard winning this though. IceFrog works at Valve and Blizzard have.... who exactly? Yes it's stupid, but Blizzard have every right to try, even though they'll most likely fail.
2-13-2012 @ 5:23PM
You are not understanding the situation.Blizzard does not claim ownership over the name DOTA, nor do they want to copyright it themselves. What they want is for it to be a community term that can be freely used, much like "Real Time Strategy" or "RolePlaying Game". They are saying it should be used as a way to define what a game is, and not be able to copyright it for a game name.Blizzard is trying to stop Valve from owning it and keeping it so that no one "owns" it. Blizzard doesn't want to own it themselves.
2-13-2012 @ 5:24PM
You need to read it again. Blizzard doesn't want the name, they want it to be public domain like it has been for nearly 10 years.
2-13-2012 @ 5:26PM
Opposing a trademark =/= Claiming it yourself.I am sick of people saying that Blizzard are trying to claiming it themself THEY ARE NOT. They also aren't trying to get dota 2 renamed or delayed like that. They are trying to keep the name open, and i think they got a good case.Fact is the EULA of the WC3 editor states that Blizzard own all rights related to the mods. So them claiming that Valve alone can't have the right to the name is a fair move. A EULA is not legally binding in court(It can't be there is minors involved) but it would still help blizzards case.
2-13-2012 @ 5:28PM
@Henry : Bliz doesn't care if they call the game DOTA. They care about the name becoming a brand of Valve. Since bliz will be releasing their own DOTA, what keeps Valve from suing them later? the name DOTA can't be registered in my opinion. It would be like having a copyright on FPS or RTS.Also, anything created with the Warcraft 3 editor belongs to Blizzard, ok, maybe the name DOTA doesn't belong to them, but it doesn't belong to Valve either. Notice that Blizzard isn't trying to register the name for themselves, they just want to keep Valve from owning the name of a genre, which would harm the whole industry. As much as I love Gabe and Valve, I still have to side with Blizzard on this one.
2-13-2012 @ 5:34PM
Lets get this straight.Valve is the one trying to trademark the name DOTA when they had previously had no connection to it. They had only hired an developer for the original DOTA, Icefrog, and seem to think that that is enough for their whole company to trademark the name or something.Blizzard is filing an OPPOSITION, as it is just stated above. At this time, i dont know what their future plans for the trademarking is but right now they are just saying to Valve ''Dude, what gives you the right to do that?''My piece of my mind on the matter, using common logic and whatever info i have scanned over on the subject without any special knowledge of trademark laws.
Icefrog wasn't even the first person to use the term DOTA when making the mods. Besides, they signed over legal rights to the name in the Warcraft 3 TOS when they made the mod.
Did you even read the article? Blizzard's stance is that the term DOTA belongs to the community. They make no claim for it.
2-14-2012 @ 7:11AM
It's more like some company wanting to make a board game called "Board Game" and then trying to slap a trademark on it. And then Parker Bros comes along and goes "Whoa, man, you can't do that." Would you accuse Parker Bros of trying to claim the trademark?No. They're just saying a board game is a type of game, and you can't trademark that or everyone else calling their game a "board game" gets in trouble. Not cool.
2-15-2012 @ 6:37PM
How to internet: Read title of article, skip article, then proceed to offer opinion.
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