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Activision wins ModernWarfare3.com court case

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Posted on September 8, 2011 AT 10:48am

THE BUZZ: Activision has won a court case against the man who brought the ModernWarfare3.com domain and then redirected it to the Battlefield 3 homepage.

Back in July Anthony Abraham brought the domain ModernWarfare3.com and then redirected the site to the Battlefield 3 official homepage, later the site began running an anti-Call of Duty propaganda campaign.

Activision stated in its legal documentation;

“It appears that the Respondent supports the game Battlefield from the game developer Electronic Arts (“EA”),”

“EA is one of Complainant’s principal competitors in the video game industry, and Battlefield game competes in the marketplace with Complainant’s MODERN WARFARE games and its other military-themed shooter games in the CALL OF DUTY series.”

Activision was required to prove that the domain name was either identical or confusingly similar to their trademark and seeing as the panel ruled in their favor I’d guess they managed to do that pretty easily.

EGM’s TAKE: This man obviously isn’t a fan of Call of Duty and although what he did was funny it was also stupid on his part, he didn’t really expect Activision to just let something like this slide.

Do you think that Activision were right to take this man to court?

Source: Fusible

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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