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OFFICIAL RIGHTS OF METIN2
Only YMIR or its licensees have the right to host Metin2. Apart, no one is allow to host or provide matchmaking services for the Game, or intercept, emulate or redirect the proprietary communication protocols used by YMIR in connection with the Program, regardless of the method used to do so. Such prohibited methods may include, but are not limited to, protocol emulation, reverse engineering, modifying the Program, adding unauthorized components to the Program, or using a packet sniffer while the Program is running. Every country in the World have their own Copyright Law; particularly against internet piracy. Understanding the severe consequences of the legal punishment, there isn't an Internet Service Provider who would turn against the Law to go against the Trademark owners.

FBI INTERVENTION ON COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Since 2004, Trademark owners of several MMORPGs have reported the operation of illegal private servers to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybe.../reporting.htm) which is part of the FBI have arrested several offenders of private server owners and place them in jail under Criminal Act in relation to Copyright infringement. In 2005, a man in California, USA was arrested by FBI agent for operating Lineage II and he was sentenced to 48 months in prison. In addition, he was ordered to pay a fine of 200,000 USD and damages to NCSoft amounting to 1,800,000 USD (FBI Shuts Down Lineage II Private Server - Lineage 2 News at MMORPG.com). Hence, the declining era of private servers continued in 2006 where many were arrested and put in jail for illegally operating WOW, L2, MapleStory, AnarchyOnline, etc. (http://forum.********.com/f111/anarc...utdown-356544/)

UNITED NATION & WORLD EFFORT TO CURB INTERNET PIRACY (TRIPS)
Internet piracy disrupts economic growth across the continents. How nations react to Internet piracy could well define the future economic health of a nation. Piracy laws and copyright infringement laws have reached global attention. Copyright laws have existed for centuries but have been weak in international standards. The swell of Internet Piracy clearly advanced the heightening necessity of developing international standards. In 1994, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) resulted in the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which provided a foundation for standards in copyright infringement laws and regulations. Internet piracy law, copyright infringement, and intellectual law were addressed globally at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a division of the United Nations, in 1996. As a result, 184 nations have now signed the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty a modern predecessor of the 1883 Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the 1886 Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

ECONOMIC LOSSES OF METIN2
Since late 2008, when Metin2 became popular in Europe, Metin2 server file was leaked by the Taiwanese publisher through one of their employees. Hence, the first Metin2 private server was created in China and the server file was sold on the internet and reaches into the hands of some players in Europe and America. In mid 2010, there are about ten Metin2 private servers created every month. As minimum effort was created to deter the rise of Metin2 private servers, those operators confuse the gamers that their business is legitimate. Not only did they try to compete with the official licensees to offer cheaper cash items, stated in the item mall of the official licensees, but also intrude the official servers to steal and induce players to join their illegal servers. Many players were kept in darkness about their illegal operation and were not educated of possible consequences where the private server can be shut down at any time by the Trademark owner and it's licensees. With the rise of Metin2 private servers, the origin of Metin2 was thwarted where leveling was made easier and documented content in server file released before the stipulated development plan, which are meant to keep up with the lifespan of Metin2. The evolution of Metin2 was hence drastically damaged by several illegal operators and their private servers. Economy values of Metin2 was much affected and thereby forced the official licensees to intervene and proceed with necessary action in compliances with the Copyright Law.
CONCLUSION & WARNING
To-date, TEC Interactive have only requested for various ISPs to shut down the illegal operation of Metin2 private servers. With the particulars of the operator(s) and copy of their identification/travel document, we have not proceeded with any legal action to claim damages in relation to Copyright Law. We have also NOT forwarded or open a report with the FBI to proceed for an international arrest warrant to apprehend those responsible to be punished under the Criminal Law. However, if those operators are butthurted and continue to flame or to revive their illegal operation, on behalf of TEC Interactive, I guarantee that we shall proceed with legal action to claim damages in relation to Copyright Law in your country and file a report with FBI for necessary action. Do not push your luck further! Metin2 (English) private servers shut down by TEC Interactive to-date as follows:
1) Alpinemt2

2) Metin Kingdom

3) Deathju2Official

4) Metin2-United (Netherland server)

5) Metin2United (Romanian server)

6) Metin2Catalysm (Shut down by operator upon warning issued)

7) Metin2 Latino

Meanwhile, TEC Interactive is still pursuing on other Metin2 (English) private servers based on information gathered.
With Regards,
Christopher Chia
CEO
TEC Interactive Pte Ltd
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