Wizards of the Coast has sent a cease and desist notice to magic-league.com which held online Apprentice and Magic Workstation tournaments. I’m a little disappointed but not surprised. The main issue in the letter is this:
"Magic-League" name and "magic-league.com" domain name further evidences your bad faith intent to capitalize on the good will associated with Wizards’ MAGIC: THE GATHERING® trademark.
Below is taken from this much longer post.
Hello to all of you,
This news message is to inform all of you about impending changes that are forced upon us by the legal representatives of wizards of the coast.
Last friday we received an e-mail from wizards of the coast (wich I will paste after this news message) demanding we stop using wizard's trademarks and copyrights on this site. Also it is demanded from us to stop promoting and linking to apprentice and mws.
To us this means that we cannot continue magic-league in it's current form and name. Therefor, as of friday the judges panel will be deactivated, so it will not be possible to run tournaments of any form for the moment. The rated single matches will stay since you can play that in any form, and we don't have any influence over that.
The clipping of the league will be temporary and as we speak we are discussing different solutions on how to continue our on-line activities in a form that doesnot infringe on any of the copyrights as mentioned in the C&D mail.
Following is the mail as we received it friday (minus the adresses, since hatemail is not appreciated)
Re: Infringement of Wizards of the Coast LLC’s
MAGIC: THE GATHERING® Copyrights and Trademarks
Dear Mr. Moerman:
We are counsel for Wizards of the Coast LLC (“Wizards”), the owner of the copyrights and trademarks for the MAGIC: THE GATHERING® trading card game, including the MAGIC: THE GATHERING ONLINE® version of the game. It recently came to our attention that your group has created a website, www.magic-league.com, that touts itself as the place for “free online Magic: The Gathering” tournament and casual play, using two unauthorized computer programs: Apprenctice and Magic Workstation. These software programs use text and, in some cases, artwork, from Wizards’ MAGIC: THE GATHERING® cards. Your site also makes available free MAGIC: THE GATHERING® cards. Your use of the “Magic-League” name and “magic-league.com” domain name further evidences your bad faith intent to capitalize on the good will associated with Wizards’ MAGIC: THE GATHERING® trademark, and pass your site off as authorized or associated with Wizards’ MAGIC: THE GATHERING® game.