ThrustWorld beats off site IP swipe
And all without actually talking to anybody...
UK online gaming site ThrustWorld yesterday emerged victorious from a bizarre spat with online radio operation CyberKastRadio.com, which seemed somehow inadvertently to have ripped off Thrustworld's design, right down to the company logo. The strange similarity between the two prompted some comment, this thread at CyberKastRadio being one example, but dead silence from the site itself.
ThrustWorld marketing head Mark Bush told The Register that ThrustWorld had made numerous attempts to discuss the matter with CyberKastRadio, but had been unsuccessful. As you'll note from the message towards the end of the thread linked to above, Mark was sort of reduced to communicating via CyberKastRadio's discussion section, and issued a deadline of 6pm GMT on Monday of this week.
The deadline came and went without an answer. The Register enquired yesterday, and also received no answer (although we felt the presence of an "our new logo" item on the CyberKastRadio site might have been some kind of smoke signal to ThrustWorld). So we and Mark were poised to send the tanks in first thing this morning. Except that there appeared here the text "Along with all the awsome events happening at CPL; broadcasting the event, doing live spots for all the sponsors and making sure that we get all the listeners informed on events, we also found out that our site template had a copyright on it and was ripped. We would like to appoligize to www.thrustworld.com for the inconvience and thank them for their pateinnce while broadcasting our event in Dallas."
So that's it, and they're building a new one of their own.
Neither we nor Mark have as yet heard from whoever it is that runs this site, and we have a feeling we're not going to. Nor do we have a clue who CyberKastRadio is/are, aside from it/them being possibly in some way aligned or wanting to be aligned with the Cyberathlete Professional League. Which is fairly odd, considering Mark has just successfully conducted an IP battle with them. Anyway, this sord of weirdness is what makes the Internet great, and we wish them well. ®