Jan 30th 2007 9:18PM Oops, read it wrong. Dibbell didn't refer to this at all. My bad.
I think it is a stretch to consider gold "intellectual property" though.
Jan 30th 2007 9:12PM Julian Dibbell in "Play Money" noted this exact clause when he started selling his farmed gold on eBay. He contacted eBay and asked if he could send them a piece of paper, entitling them to him handing the gold over. He likened it to the sale of a concert ticket; you gain nothing from the ticket but the agreement that you will be given the right to see a concert. You don't actually receive anything physical bar the ticket, so there is no reason he couldn't send out tickets for gold.
They said no, unsurprisingly, but he was perfectly correct. eBay should either rewrite the policy, or allow it to take place, as long as some physical good is transferred.
Jan 17th 2007 10:59PM Blizzard could have avoided a lot of the trouble if they released the servers they claimed they would do. The Oceanic players are (rightly) up in arms, and the lack of any new RP-PVP server has also annoyed a very large minority of the player-base. I suspect at least some of the population density (Coilfang, released just two days ago, is now queued) if they had actually released enough servers, of the right types, on the day.