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EA: Tanks for the Warhammer 40K Inspiration?

This image from Reddit builds the case that a tank design for Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances appears quite similar to a Games Workshop-designed tank from the Warhammer 40K series. Games Workshop is known for fiercely defending its intellectual property rights, so there is rampant speculation that if this claim turns out to be valid, legal action is likely to follow. Thanks Strategy Informer.

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29. Re: EA: Tanks for the Warhammer 40K Inspiration? Apr 12, 2012, 13:26 Dev
 
Orogogus wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 13:20:
There is such a thing as selective context.
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BE AWARE that we will happily spend money bringing counterfeiters and other infringers to justice, regardless of the cost. Such activities kill the hobby for everyone.

This is not exactly the same thing as saying they'll sue you, personally, for posting a picture of your painted minis, or making a fansite. They clearly want to come to an accommodation with the people generating good buzz for them with mods, fansites, etc., but not counterfeiters or file sharers. I mean, you make them sound like blithering idiots, but the history I can find on Google and their stated policies seem fairly reasonable.

Yep, called it. So I'll move this bit to a new reply. I selected that quote because that is the part applicable to when they go after fans.
Here's the part I moved from my previous post edit:

And your next reply will probably say something like "well customers/fans aren't infringers."

GW thinks they are. They sent C&D's to BGG and removed a ton of fan content for their games. I had purchased a copy of SH 3rd ed board game for $100. There were a bunch of neat fan made things, like a far better looking tile design to print out where the aliens spawn, instead of the stupid bland arrows the game used. I also recall a log book I was going to print out to keep track of each battle I did. ZOMG HOW DARE ANYONE DESIRE TO MAKE THEIR GAME BETTER BY PRINTING SOMETHING LIKE THAT. Those were some of the many things they took down.

Their moves to stop people from enjoying their games they purchased turned me totally off of GW, and the $100 game is gathering dust in my closet.

Edit:
That previous example is one I've personally witnessed that affected me. There's others though. One of the largest online 40k communities and forums was sued by GW:
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This was despite the fact that there are no official GW forums.

Another random example:
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He had an online tool to help people create legit mini armies within a point limit. GW said he wasn't allowed to have his tool say if an army was over the point limit. And not only that, he couldn't even quote from the email where they explained to him what wasn't allowed and why.

There's plenty more, I could spend all day editing this post and putting in examples. Ever wonder why there's no legal controversy examples on wikipedia like some companies have? Because they make sure to edit it to remove that.

BTW, I'm not denying that they shouldn't defend the tank stuff this news thread is about. Its a blatant copy by EA. I'm just saying that GW is crazy insane about this stuff. I'd love to see EA and GW fight it out and waste piles of money on lawyers. If EA is smart they will spent the comparatively tiny amount of money to redo the models.

This comment was edited on Apr 12, 2012, 14:00.
 
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