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2-17-2012 @ 4:19PM
"- DOTA merits trademark protection, to the same extent that any other genre setting game (the ones often used in describing other games; how many times have you seen a game referred as a "Diablo clone", or as a "WoW clone"? This does not make Diablo or WoW any less deserving of trademark protection). More so because most DOTA clones try to avoid the "DOTA" name."The difference being DOTA wasn't a game like Diablo and WoW, i.e. - created by a company for sale. It was fan-made and free. Diablo and WoW are of course going to be trademarked because companies will protect their intellectual properties. DOTA, however, wasn't someone's fresh creation; rather, it was a shuffling around of already owned resources (Blizzard heroes, Blizzard enemies, Blizzard map resources, etc.). It was also, as I said, free, and not for sale. I'm not saying DOTA should never be trademarked, but comparing it to Diablo or WoW is laughable.
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