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Monday, January 24, 2011

Viz media forces Naruto Fan forum to change their Domain name

www.narutoforums.com/showthread.php?t=696866

"Hi everyone,
This is just a notice to all of our members that unfortunately the forums starting in the middle of next week will no longer be accessible from the link http://forums.narutofan.com we will be imminently changing it over to http://forums.anifreak.com and still accessible through http://www.narutoforums.com this is an unfortunately necessary step and beyond our control, due to recent developments.

In case you find yourself asking why, I will be honest and say that VIZ Media is forcing our hand in this case. They are claiming that the "Naruto Fan" domain is confusingly similar to "Naruto.com" (and no, they are not targeting any other website with the word Naruto in its domain) and can easily be confused for an official website, despite the fact that it is being used as "fair use" as a fan-site, and was registered nearly 5 years before they officially owned any trademark on the word Naruto, and also despite the fact the word "Fan" is in the domain, and on nearly every page it is called a fan-site.

Though I consider it to be a baseless and silly request, we are going to oblige.

Thank you for your understanding."

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I know this has nothing to do with anime. But Naruto Fan forum is a HUGE Naruto fan forum, and it's widly known. Even more so than Viz's naruto fan forum. The fact that Viz is doing this stupid. Why not go after naruto wiki, or any other Naruto fan forum?
NF have had their forum 9 years before Viz got the copy rights to Naruto. So 9 years later they are JUST now doing this :I

2 comments:

  1. Yup, this is complete and utter bullshit, a big company bullying an independent fan site. Here's the latest turn in the shit storm: http://naruto.anifreak.com/news/2011/04/05/wipo-sides-with-viz-media-on-narutofancom-issue/

    I'm not pretending to have a great deal to care about VIZ Media; I'm not currently buying their products anyway, or anything. But I sure as hell won't be buying ANYTHING with their name on it in future either! Their name is burned in my mind as Bad Motherfucking Assholes.

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