Letter to Blizzard - December 5th
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12-16-13, 05:21 PM
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1) Add-ons must be free of charge.
All add-ons must be distributed free of charge. Developers may not create "premium" versions of add-ons with additional for-pay features, charge money to download an add-on, charge for services related to the add-on, or otherwise require some form of monetary compensation to download or access an add-on.
That can certainly be challenged in court and should be. As can:
8) Blizzard Entertainment has the right to disable add-on functionality as it sees fit.
To maintain the integrity World of Warcraft and ensure the best possible gaming experience for our players, Blizzard Entertainment reserves the right to disable any add-on functionality within World of Warcraft at its sole discretion.
If the only reason for disabling said add-on is because the developer is requiring recompense.
Now, Blizzard could always simply end the argument by:
Removing the use of any and all add-ons from the game.
With a free cash flow of over $1B, Activision/Blizzard shouldn't be concerned about this. And neither should you because in a market, you pay the asking price or you don't depending on how much you value the product or service.
What legal standing would it have to go after blizz for this?
Blizzard has the right to decide how it uses its own servers. It also has the right to terminate any users subscription. You agree to this when you agree to the EULA (Or one of the other terms, can't remember off the top of my head). If they really wanted to, they could just ban anyone who used nUI, and be legally safe.
AddOns are, in essence, mods. Look at, say, an online shooter. Say somebody releases a mod, so the developers patch over it because they don't want things modded. They have the right to modify their own code as they see fit.
Blizz also has that right, and as noted in the addon policy, they will only 'patch over' a mod that doesn't follow their policy. They won't challenge you in court over it, but they will render it useless.
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