June 11th, 2006

Blizzard, ESA Back Down - Author May Publish Homemade WoW Guide

Here's a story which is sure to warm the hearts of those who love an underdog...

Twenty-four-year-old gamer Brian Kopp has successfully stared down the likes of Blizzard, Vivendi and the ESA in a lawsuit which accused the defendants of misrepresentation in their claims that Kopp's self-authored World of Warcraft strategy guide violated terms of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Last August Kopp began selling "The Ultimate World of Warcraft Leveling & Gold Guide" on Ebay for fifteen bucks. Soon thereafter, Blizzard, Vivendi and the ESA invoked the DMCA, claiming that Kopp's home brew enterprise violated copyrighted material in WoW. Ebay then forced Kopp to take down auction listings which advertised the book and eventually suspended his account.

That probably would have been the end of Kopp's career in the strategy guide business, but Public Citizen, a national nonprofit public interest organization, offered to assist the beleaguered Mr. Kopp. Public Citizen filed a federal suit on Kopp's behalf in March. On Friday Public Citizen issued a press release announcing that the defendants had capitulated and will no longer object to Kopp selling his guidebook on Ebay.
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