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Activision Wins ModernWarfare3.com Court Case

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Posted September 8, 2011 - By Adam Rosenberg







Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer Impressions -- Ooh! A Care Package! (Boom!)

You might remember some news kicking up back in early July about the website ModernWarfare3.com suddenly redirecting all visitors to the homepage for Electronic Arts' competing holiday 2011 title, Battlefield 3. Activision justifiably wasted no time in taking legal action against the offending domainer owner, and the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 publisher has emerged victorious.

A three member panel decided in the company's favor after Miami resident and former ModernWarfare3.com domain owner Anthony Abraham failed to make a case for "Modern Warfare" being a generic term (via gamesindustry.biz). Probably tough to make the case when the site that existed at that domain before the redirect was filled with anti-Call of Duty rhetoric.

The lawsuit was first filed with the National Arbitration Forum (check out the official documents at Fusible) on July 15, and it cost Activision just $2,600. As legal matters go, this one seems like it was pretty open-and-shut.

Source: gamesindustry.biz, Fusible

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