It seems that Blizzard have decided that gold-sellers are in fact “intellectual property violations” as they are selling World of Warcraft items in an unauthorised manner. The company has recently come down, hard, on people selling virtual goods for real-world money, and they’ve taken the matter up with Paypal.
In response, Paypal have sent out notices to the “major” gold sellers that Blizzard had objections to, explaining that if they continued to sell these – now illegal – items, Paypal would revoke the ability to use their site as a payment option.
You were reported to PayPal as an Intellectual Properties violation by Blizzard Entertainment Inc. for the sale of World of Warcraft Merchandise.
If you feel your sales do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of the Reporting Party, please complette the attached Objection to Infringement Report by January 21, 2011.
The completed form should be faxed to the attention of the Acceptable Use Policy Department at [removed] or emailed to [removed].
Should you choose not to object to the report, you will be required to remove all World of Warcraft Merchandise from the website [removed] in order to comply with the Acceptable Use Policy.
Obviously, this is going to hurt gold sellers, who use Paypal as a convenient, nearly-anonymous form of transactions. But on the flipside, this will also hurt Paypal, who make a little money off of each sale of gold or virtual goods.
Little by little, it’s getting more and more difficult for the gold sellers – and this is a step in the right direction when it comes to stamping them out completely.