Activision filed a domain-name dispute with National Arbitration Forum on Friday overModernWarfare3.com, a gag website attempting to convert Modern Warfare 3 fans to EA’sBattlefield 3.
Activision argues that the person behind ModernWarfare3.com “has no right or legitimate interest in the Domain Name,” a violation of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, and wants the site under its own control. Activision has provided the panel with a two-page list ofModern Warfare‘s accomplishments as evidence of its right to the domain, or perhaps because it wants to see its “Best Shooter” award from CNN.com in writing. Activision claims the site contains copyrighted material, including the style of its Modern Warfare 3 header, and that the owner “supports the game Battlefield,” quoting that it “urges visitors to ‘grow up and forgettabout Modern Warfare 3 (because it looks just like Modern Warfare 2) and buy Battlefield 3 instead.'”
ModernWarfare3.com was purchased on March 26, 2009, almost two years before Modern Warfare 3 was officially announced, and until recently the website redirected users to Battlefield3.com. Currently its front page reads, “Warning: this website is under seige,” with the above clip from Monty Python’s Life of Brian re-dubbed to bash Modern Warfare 3.