The 4e Powercards site is taken down by Wizards’ yet over on their own forums folks are posting up complete monster cards (here and here). This is a clear violation of their Intellectual Property and Wizards’ only course of action must be to issue a Cease & Desist notice to…… ummm…… themselves.
This ridiculous charade has nothing to do with IP, and everything to do with Wizards’ targetting sites that offered items (character generation, power cards) which compete with products they themselves produce. It’s anti-competitive bullying, nothing more.
Yeh, I’m annoyed still.
Wizards’ are on the slippery slope. When Ema’s was taken down, folks “justified” it by saying that it was understandable because he accepted subscriptions. 4e Powercards didn’t. It provided a free service. Who, I wonder, is next.
You could argue that Wizards’ did the legally right thing by protecting their IP; that’s for the courts to decide, and there’s a compelling argument for Fair Use too, not to mention the precedents set by all of the other sites (their own forums and ENWorld included) which also host or link to fan-created content that also uses Wizards’ IP. Selective targetting for competitive reasons is Not Good At All.
What annoys me the most is that 4e D&D is a great game. So why the heck are Wizards’ trying so hard to fuck it up?