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IN RELATED NEWS, TOLKIEN ENTERPRISES SUES EVERY MMO THAT HAS AN ORC IN IT

In a “Can they really do that?” moment, Marvel is suing the City of Heroes developers and publishers for, basically, having a bad name filter.

Marvel claims the firms’ are responsible because the game is played on servers operated by the companies, raising the question of whether a company is responsible for their customers’ actions on its computer server. Marvel also claims the companies have disrupted its “existing and future” business prospects for licensing its characters in video games similar to City of Heroes.

Suing an MMO developer for the copyright violations of players on its servers is more than mildly troubling.