Regional FlagLegality issues related to developmentSource
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Elimine
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#1 - 2011/04/25 03:19:00 AM
I was in the middle of developing an app for the Android platform when I saw that many of the WoW related apps, including WoWTalents (both paid AND free) and the donation version of Droid Armory, on the Android Market were removed. As a developer for the Android, this concerns me. Where is the legal line on things we can/can't do with these new and upcoming APIs? I understand that both of the aforementioned apps had paid/donate versions. While I can't speak for WoWTalents, as I never did get a chance to use it, I know that the Droid Armory did not contain any new features in the donation version. The only thing the donation did was remove the ads as a thank you for donating. I was planning on following a similar model, but again, now I'm concerned because Blizzard seems to take issue with apps like this. I can understand that WoW is a Blizzard property and they have the right to say "No, you can't make money off our property" (however, many websites do make money off WoW, so even this confuses me a bit...guild websites come to mind. Maybe they pay royalties?), but people still spend a ton of time developing apps/websites and they should have the right to get something out of their work, no?

The TLDR:

1. What can we/can we not do while developing websites/apps in regards to Blizzard IP?
2. Can we charge for our work (ie: paid apps)? Can we provide a free version, but with ads?

Any clarification would be greatly appreciated.

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Web & Mobile Team
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#2 - 2011/04/25 03:16:00 PM
Good morning. I'm in the process of working with some other teams to help answer these and a few other related questions. I'll reply as soon as I have answers.

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Web & Mobile Team
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#3 - 2011/04/25 03:41:00 PM
Unfortunately, the use of Blizzard IP is prohibited without a license and you can’t use any Blizzard IP commercially.

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Web & Mobile Team
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#5 - 2011/04/25 09:33:00 PM
I strongly recommend you contact api-support@blizzard.com so we can put you in contact with people more qualified to answer these questions.

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Web & Mobile Team
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#25 - 2011/05/11 05:22:00 PM
I don't think it makes sense for anyone to speculate until the legal team and community teams provide more information.