Feeds

Beanie Babies maker threatens Quake clan

Throws its toys around

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The maker of Beanie Babies has threatened to sue a Quake clan for naming itself after its cuddly creations.

Ty Inc sent a letter via Washington lawyers Gardner, Carton & Douglas to the owners of domain name clanbeaniebabies.org. It instructed the company involved, Addictive Software, to "immediately cease use of the clanbeaniebabies.org domain name, and assign it to Ty Inc".

The letter claimed the site had used the names of Ty's Beanie Babies toys – which this season include offerings such as "Frigid the Penguin", "Springy the Lavender Bunny" and "Sarge the German Shepherd" – to refer to members of its clan.

The cuddly toy heavyweight was also upset at photos of its products appearing on the site.

Although the letter was sent on 24 May, the domain name was today still registered to Addictive Software. However, the site now shows only the legal letter from Gardner, Carton & Douglas. And the clan has been relegated to www.bloodbath.net.

But according to the new clan site, the Quake lovers won't give up without a fight.

The Beanie Babies clan aren't the only gamers to be having trouble with corporate America. "Localman", a Slashdot reader, claims to have received a legal threat over his clan site thebarbies.com from spoilsports Mattel.

He says he bought the non-business all-girl video game clan URL last year for his Tribes-playing wife, who often played under the name Mundane Barbie. The site remains "under construction" phase. His story can be found here. And click this way for the Slashdot thread on the subject. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.