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The end of netdecking? Ben Wodecki takes a deep dive into a problematic copyright grant that has upset passionate players of a card game.
A decision by the US Copyright Office to grant protection to an academic covering his "Magic: the Gathering" (MTG) trading cards has left players furious—and IP lawyers perplexed.
In August, Robert Hovden, a physics professor from the University of Michigan successfully obtained copyright protection for a deck he created, dubbed "Angels and Demons".
His actions caused confusion and anger in card game communities, with fears rising over whether using an online ‘decklist’—a list of the cards a player will use in a game—could foreshadow legal consequences.
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