Activision files notice against owners of ModernWarfare3.com URL

Activision is now taking action against the mysterious owners of the web site URL ModernWarfare3.com. Fusible.com reports that the game publisher has filed to dispute the ownership of the URL with the National Arbitration Forum after it was discovered that whomever currently owns ModernWarfare3.com was redirecting its traffic to the official Battlefield 3 web site. Activision is developing and publishing Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, the next game in the highly successful modern day first person shooter series. Its biggest rival this year is Electronic Arts' game own upcoming modern day shooter Battlefield 3. Both games are due for released within days of each other this fall.

At one point ModernWarfare3.com actually posted the 11 page complaint that Activision sent to the National Arbitration Forum (you can read the PDF of the complaint right here). The document basically says that in Activision's opinion the current owner of ModernWarfare3.com, who bought the URL back in March 2009, has no legitimate right to own the the URL and has secured the web site address "in bad faith."

The ModernWarfare3.com web site now has a number of other features including embedded and humorous YouTube videos of the movie Monty Python and the Life of Brian that have some dubbing added to make the characters refer to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. It also has other videos and statements supporting the web site owner's opinion that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 will not be as good as Battlefield 3. So far it seems EA has no direct connection to the owners of the ModernWarfare3.com URL.

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