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Activision Loses Call of Duty URL for Modern Warfare 4

Another potential URL for the franchise has been shanghaied by a new prankster.

So, after all the mess over the ModernWarfare3.com web address linking to Battlefield 3's website, you'd think that Activision would have an intern or someone camp out on other similar URLs, right?

Well, not so much. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 may not even be out of the gates yet, but ModernWarfare4.com is already under ownership to some random Battlefield 3 fan. Given the trouble that Activision went through to get the ModernWarfare3.com URL back, you can bet that the company will be a little quicker on the draw with the legal notices this time. Still, you have to wonder -- maybe they just need to claim every URL that would possibly exist for future Modern Warfare games?

From the website, a short Q&A from the URL owner:

Who owns this site?

We do.

Are you Activision?

No.

Are you ransoming this site to make money from Activision?

No. Personally, we don't care - and want no money. We took this domain for opportunistic giggles. If Activision were in a position to buy this domain, I'd ask them for a donation to a charity of my choice. Probably Help for Heroes - you know, those guys that don't get the ability to respawn when the timer hits zero...

Are you scared of being sued?

Not really. They could extradite me to the USA - I could do with a holiday.

What now?

Well, I'm buying Battlefield 3.. Fancy a game?

If I was Activision, I'd probably start buying up a whole bunch of webpage addresses -- http://www.modernwarfare5.com/ looks ripe for the picking.

[Thanks, muliadiosman!]


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