Beijing Software Company Sues Blizzard

In a lawsuit disclosed just today, Beijing-based software company Founder Group has filed a lawsuit against Blizzard Entertainment, the creator of the "World of Warcraft," and WoW's local operator in China for allegedly using its Chinese character fonts illegally. Founder Group's lawsuit seeks $13.2 million in damages, company spokesman Song Zhenying said Friday. The Chinese version of "World of Warcraft," run by Shanghai-based The9 Ltd., uses five Chinese character fonts developed by Founder without authorization, Song said. Founder employees discovered the alleged violations while playing the game. The9 spokesman James Zhao said the company's lawyers are still studying the lawsuit and that he had no further comment; Blizzard didn't immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment. Currently, a court date has not been set.

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