Blizzard Sued Over World of Warcraft Fonts
In what can only be termed "incredibly ironic" due to the way China and Chinese firms are usually portrayed with regards to intellectual property (IP), a Chinese firm has sued Blizzard over alleged use of its fonts in World of Warcraft.
Founder Electronics is asking for
compensation of 100 million yuan for the alleged infringement - the
largest amount claimed by a Chinese company in a copyright case.
It alleges its fonts were illegally used in Blizzard's popular online game World of Warcraft.
Founder Electronics is one of China's oldest computer companies, and is a
major developer of Chinese fonts. Meanwhile, Chinese players account for approximately 40% of WoW players. Since joining the WTO in 2001, Chinese firms have been much more concerned about their IP rights, but many would say the street only goes one way.