Monday, November 26, 2007

Cease and Desist

I guess it was just a matter of time. I finally received a cease and desist letter from Wizards of the Coast legal counsel. They said I violated their copyright. I didn't know Wizards copyrighted all of their card names, but maybe they do. I presume they don't copyright the rules but I'm not clear on that point. Just wanted to tell everyone.
--Forge

Hello,

My name is Jacob Moorman; I am the Director of Operations for
SourceForge.net. You are receiving this mail because you are the
project administrator of the 'mtgforge' project, hosted by you on
SourceForge.net. We have recently received the following (forwarded)
DMCA request from the complainant (CC'd).

When cases like this arise, we always expeditiously forward the mail to
the project admin. Please review this message carefully and follow-up
as needed.

Following the DMCA requirements we have disabled public access to the
SourceForge.net-hosted space provided to your project.


You can read the specifics about our DMCA compliance in our Terms and
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Thank you for your prompt attention to this serious matter.

Sincerely,

Jacob Moorman

CC: SourceForge legal
CC: Savvis (SourceForge.net datacenter provider)



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> *Date: *November 16, 2007 11:47:17 AM GMT-05:00
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> *Subject: **Sourceforge - Savvis Case 1152152 - DMCA Notice -
> 66.35.250.203 - http://sourceforge.net/projects/mtgforge*
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> Dear Administrator:
> SAVVIS has received notice that an IP address (see below) under your
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> *From:* Reynolds, Carin [mailto:cgreynolds@pbwt.com]
> *Sent:* Friday, November 16, 2007 10:01 AM
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> *Subject:* DMCA Notice - http://sourceforge.net/projects/mtgforge
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> November 16, 2007
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> *Re: DMCA Notice – **http://sourceforge.net/projects/mtgforge*
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> *_Infringement of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Copyrights and
Trademarks_*
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> Dear Copyright Agent:
>
> We are counsel for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. (“Wizards”), the
owner
> of the copyrights and trademarks to the MAGIC: THE GATHERING®
trading
> card game. We recently became aware that you are the service
provider
> for www.sourceforge.net , which has
posted
> an online version of Wizards’ MAGIC: THE GATHERING® trading card
game
> at http://sourceforge.net/projects/mtgforgecalled “MTG Forge”
(“MTG”
> is a commonly used acronym for MAGIC: THE GATHERING®). The “MTG
> Forge” game is described as “a robust Java implementation of card
game
> Magic The Gathering that enforces the rules.” We have attempted
> repeatedly to contact the owner of this site, but have received no
> response and the infringing game has not yet been removed.
>
> This unauthorized copying of Wizards’ MAGIC: THE GATHERING®
trading
> card game constitutes copyright infringement in violation of 17
U.S.C.
> § 501. The unauthorized use of the MAGIC: THE GATHERING® name
> violates the federal trademark laws, including 15 U.S.C. §§ 1114(1)

> and 1125(a), by creating a likelihood of confusion with respect to
> Wizards’ authorization or sponsorship of or association with the
“MTG
> Forge” trading card game and the sourceforge.net website. This
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likely
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6 comments:

moprix said...

it was bound to happen.

Thanks for the work you put in.


I am interested in programming some AI for card games. If this is up your alley (and it seems to be) write me.

zoroptoeame@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I don't think the names are copyrighted but the card pictures are.

Chojiro said...

WotC legal deparment has always been made up of trigger-happy little bastards. So it should only take a talk with a representiive to clear anything up.

Might even get someone in trouble. :D

Anonymous said...

Damn man, it sucks >_<

Yannick said...

I see that you have already removed your project from Source Forge... ;_; It must be a sad day for you, and for all the users of your program... >_<

Any idea why they tell you to put an end to your project, whereas some other projects aren't shut down? (e.g. Magic-Project, now known as Firemox...)

Anyway, I hope what chojiro says is true, and maybe you will find a way to continue the development of your program. At least, it's worth a try, isn't it? :)

I tried MTGForge recently and I must say you did a very good job! Although the user interface could be more "practical", the game is fun to play and the AI is decent.

I'm also working on an implementation of Magic (I started a few weeks ago, so it's really the early stages of development.). I'm not planning on making it public though (at least not any time soon), I mainly do this as a "challenge" because MTG is a great and interesting game and I wanna see if I'm able to program a game with such complicated rules. I guess it was one of your motivations, too? :)

Many years ago, I used to play Microprose's Magic game for PC (Shandalar...) and I loved it. I've always been interested in the Artificial Intelligence that they managed to develop. It wasn't nearly as good as a real player, but it was still challenging and good enough to make the game quite fun - and it's all that matters.

Anyway, like Moprix, I'm also interested in discussion about AI, if you have some time to waste :)

Nanocore said...

Unfortunately, I am not surprised at all. While you have to pull this from the net, what you did put out there is a good base in case someone wanted to make their own "for personal use". That is, unless they said stop all development completely and absolutely no development what so ever. Was this how it was worded?