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2-18-2012 @ 7:27AM
What's this "trademark protection" crap - "protection" implies that the reason people want the term trademarked ISN'T just so they can make a ton of money off other people if they want to use it. Make no mistake, Valve isn't applying for trademark to "protect" the term DOTA, it's all about money and it's always about money. Personally, if people think DOTA is a genre term or has the potential to BE a genre term (which, if this trademark is prevented, it could bump it from "maybe a genre, to some people" to "probably a genre"), then hell, go for it. There's no reason why Valve can't still call its game DOTA 2, it just means it won't have a lockdown on the term DOTA - which, frankly, I don't have a problem with. People are so trademark-crazy these days its ridiculous.
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