I guess what happened is, someone got mad at Bloodpoop (lol) and they reported him saying his name is offensive, purely to get back at him. Dunno, maybe you killed a rare and someone behind you was just about to tag it but you got there first, he reported you in his anger, saying your name is offensive, he feels a little better while you get the consequences later on. Just a theory, probably what happened, enough name complaints stacked up to force you to do a name change. :P
Anyway, point is to pick names others can't report you for, people are weird, they do what they can when they get mad over trivial things, especially in WoW. I have my personal stalker whispering me "I remember" each time he logs on and sees me on, because I tagged a rare before he could. The difference between you and me, Bloodpoop, is he can't report me for my name, hehe. :P
All of Tolkiens terms are trademarked and copyrighted. The source is even mentioned.
Just because it's used by others doesn't say anything about how the right owners execute their business.. We don't know how many pay for using the terms, and how much they pay.
If you invent a word/term then it's your copyright.
There's no difference in item terms, or name terms.
Last edited by Wildtree; 2012-12-06 at 02:39 PM.
1) Don't create a name that is in violation of the naming policy.
2) There are consequences for being an asshat in the game.
3) Put 1 and 2 together and you will certainly be facing a name change in the near future.
So you see kids, if you don't let 1 or 2 factor into your play you will tend to have less issues than someone like Mr. Grossname who probably was an asshole to someone.
Look, it doesn't matter how many ways you want to swing it. Mithril is not a copyrighted word. I'm pretty sure even the original link about being trademarked is wrong as everything I've finding says it's not. It's used in real-world company names today, video games, books from all over, clothing, names...the list goes on.
In fact, there is a trademark for it by another company: http://www.trademarkia.com/mithril-85113977.html for use in that specific field. That doesn't mean that World of Warcraft can't feature a mithril ore. That's as ridiculous as saying they can't have iron, gold, saronite, adamantium...or any other kind of ore that might have been written about somewhere else.
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• titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbolsor designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation,lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents
The naming policy is very subjective, and Blizz does get to make the final call. The faster you understand that, the better off you'll be
As far as my subjective view - "bloodpoop" has a much different vibe from any of the quests in game that were mentioned. So I don't consider it hypocrisy at all.
Just because the Tolkien estate lets others use it, for what ever reason they please, doesn't mean they don't own it.
They do, and if they please so, they can interfere.. As the lawsuit regarding the online game shows.
Are you aware of the extent of copyrights in practice?
Do you know that everything, every single one of us writes here, is subject to copyright, and hence the reason why forum tou's usually include that contributors give up certain rights to protect their property? And it's also the reason why one usually cannot quote from outside sources without linking/specifying the source?
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And.... maybe still quite more complicated than that...
What Is Not Protected by Copyright? - Names........ Okay.
So, as long as I don't use the trademark sign, and the name logo, I can go ahead and start selling Nike, Adidas, Porsche, etc etc etc...
Doesn't matter that I sell crappy stuff...
Apparently there's more to it, wouldn't you say?
I give you that difference.....
What ever someone writes, or creates is automatically subject to copyright,, without the individual having anything special to do at all.
However, there are exclusions. These exclusions aren't excluded anymore once the works are copyrighted and trademarked as a whole.
We find this in the music industry times and again. People pay hefty fines, and other settlement payments when they infringe copyright and are caught.
Famous for example Ice Ice Baby.... Paid millions to Queen for stealing from the song Under Pressure.
Ghost Busters the song... Paid millions to Hewy Lewis, for stealing from I want a new drug.
But it's music.... Well, music is written in notes.
Last edited by Wildtree; 2012-12-06 at 03:07 PM.