Intellectual property? Never heard of him. Have him call my lawyer.
Brian Kopp of Bronson, Fla is suing Blizzard Entertainment over the right to sell an unofficial strategy guide to World of Warcraft on EBay. The 24-year-old Kopp had been selling copies of his guide on EBay for $15 a piece. Prima publishes the official World of Warcraft strategy guide and presumably pays a license fee to do so.
Mr. Kopp's belief is that his guide is the equivalent of an unofficial guide to using Microsoft Word, which it may well be, because unofficial guides to Microsoft Word are useless. Now, if there is anything that EBay and World of Warcraft have in common, it is that they are filled with people who are trying to get something for nothing. In this case, Mr. Kopp gets lots of relatively free publicity because he is suing Blizzard. America loves a winner, well, unless they are too successful and then they should be sued.
I think the bigger question here is, why would anyone pay $15 for a guide that cannot compare in size or quality to many of the free websites covering World of Warcraft? Do people really believe that Mr. Kopp has somehow figured out methods of levelling and accumulating gold that mere mortals are unable to deduce? Does all WoW knowledge flow from Mr, Kopp? Is he some sort of Warcraft Rainman wandering the streets of Bronson muttering, "Definately boxers of the monkey... definately boxers of the monkey."
Mr. Kopp doesn't agree with Blizzard's right to protect their intellectual property. Then again, he appears to believe that protecting work he claims to be his own is important;
"Our guide include a combination of content that we create, and that our partners create. All materials published in our guide, including, but not limited to, written content, photographs, graphics, images, illustrations, marks, logos, sound and or video clips, are protected by our copyrights or trademarks or those of our partners. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly display or in any way abuse any of the materials or content or our sites in whole or in part. Legal action may be taken and listings WILL BE removed through ebay's VERO program."
I find it ironic that he threatens to have listings removed if they infringe upon his copyright, but it the very fact that Blizzard had his listings removed that is causing all of this uproar. Especially ironic is that any "derivative" works are a problem. I'll go out on a limb and bet that a highschool student with a thesis on the line could find information on publicly available websites that is disturbingly similar to that inhabiting Mr. Kopp's guide.
As a side note, I find it disconcerting that Mr. Kopp's last name sounds like "cop", a reference to a police officer. I would like Mr. Kopp to change his name to something else, clearing it with me first.
I am also concerned that his first name, "Brian" is disturbingly close to the word 'brain', perhaps somehow insinuating that Mr. Kopp is mentally superior to the average MMO player.
Idiot savant or maniacle evil genius bent on taking over the world (of warcraft)? You decide.
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