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Intellectual Property, eBay, and the World of Warcraft.
So, Cairenn over at WoWInterface reported that someone was selling a CD of WoW mods on eBay, and that from the screenshot she could clearly identify at least GypsyMod if not others.
The auction got taken down, but she e-mailed the auction creator, who told her that he wasn't allowed to sell GypsyMod but that the CD was for sale still with Gypsy included, free. So she got her hands on a copy of the CD to determine what else was on it.

The complete listing is here.
Of note, Cosmos, Gypsy, CTMod, Nurfed UI, UUI Manager, and a few other major compilations were included.
A copy of the Teamspeak 2 client is on the CD, and a JPG of the map of the Eastern Kingdoms (copyright Blizzard).
I scanned through the list of standalone add-ons, and lo and behold, my very own RecipeBook is being sold by some hoser on eBay.

Cairenn's apparently gotten in touch with Slouken regarding the Blizz copyright bit. There are some vague plans to send the author to the Teamspeak wolves for selling their stuff, and as I said, the auction was either pulled or eBay suspended it.
That leaves the rest of us - for my part, I'm actually a little amused that RecipeBook got included; I was already reasonably miffed about someone selling mods in the first place. But what do I do about it? There is, by default, no real licensing included with mods. I think I may pop a Creative Commons license or similar on mine.

now feeling:: irritated irritated

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ecchikun From: ecchikun Date: June 24th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Chuu-chuu icon!
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: June 24th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
That's my "I want to hurt somebody" icon :)
From: silmaril Date: June 24th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
And it's appropriate, too.

Gah.
From: clypheous Date: June 24th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Pulls out his intellectual property hat.

Regardless of if you formally copyright something or not, if you made it, you have defacto rights to it to do whatever YOU want, if someone is selling your workproduct as their own they are in violation of numerous U.S. and international laws.

This guy worth suing?
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: June 24th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Nah. not worth my time, money, or stress :)
From: clypheous Date: June 27th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Pity... :p
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