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R.I.P. MtG Editor

At last, something that I've been expecting for quite a while now has occurred. I have received the following letter:

Subject: Infringement of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Copyrights and Trademarks

Dear Mr. Weikopf:

We are counsel for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. ("Wizards"), the owner of the copyrights and trademarks to the MAGIC: THE GATHERING® Trading Card Game. We have recently become aware that you are making available on your website, www.mtglair.de, a tool called MtG Editor that allow users to create their own MAGIC: THE GATHERING® trading cards. The site includes many sample trading cards, as well as entire sets that have been made using the MtG Editor. These trading cards copy the overall look and feel of genuine MAGIC: THE GATHERING® trading cards and also include MAGIC: THE GATHERING® Mana and Tap symbols.

Wizards owns the copyrights and trademark rights to the MAGIC: THE GATHERING® trading card game, including the cards themselves as well as the Mana and Tap symbols. Your unauthorized copying of the MAGIC: THE GATHERING® Mana and Tap symbols constitutes copyright infringement in violation of 17 U.S.C. § 501. Your unauthorized use of the MAGIC: THE GATHERING® Mana and Tap symbols and overall look and feel of the trading cards violates the federal trademark laws, including 15 U.S.C. §§ 1114(1) and 1125(a), by creating a likelihood of confusion with respect to Wizards’ authorization or sponsorship of or association with your MtG Editor tool and website. This unauthorized use is also likely to dilute the distinctive quality of Wizards’ MAGIC: THE GATHERING® marks in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 1125(c).

We therefore demand that you immediately cease and desist from any further use or distribution of the MtG Editor tool and remove it from your website, and remove all infringing MAGIC: THE GATHERING® trading cards and trading card sets created using the MtG Editor tool from your website.

Please provide your written agreement to the above, as soon as possible and in any event within ten days. This letter does not purport to be a complete statement of the facts or the law and is without prejudice to Wizards’ legal and equitable rights.

Sincerely yours,

... (name and adress removed)

Yes, that means no more MtG Editor. You may discuss among yourselves whether that is the right way of responding to the huge support that WotC receives from the community. I personally remain unconvinced that the existence of MtG Editor has harmed WotC's commercial interests (which I respect) in any way. If anything, I believe, projects like this one keep people involved in the game.

Be that as it may, I've learned a lot during the development of MtG Editor, and I don't regret having done it. It's been a swell time as long as it lasted. I want to thank everyone out there who supported me through testing, feedback, suggestions, translations, or even donations (there were not even enough to pay for this site, but I wasn't in it for the money after all).

Condolences and further question, if they still exist, go to or to the magicthegathering.com boards.

See you,