German Court Admits Mistake on OdinMS Lawsuit


No, the lawsuit was not fake. NEXON Corporation, the Korean-based branch, has been confirmed as the corporation who is filing the lawsuit against OdinMS. Matze confirmed in the post on Monday that the German court system (LG Hamburg) made an error in trying to make OdinMS pay a fifth of €441,20 (Approximately $69,694.84 USD) which is about $13,738.97 USD. That’s a large chunk of money…although not as much as the total potential fine if OdinMS infact does lose. Here’s the post from OdinMS.de.

Today we received another letter from the LG Hamburg confirming that we don’t have to pay any court costs at the moment.

Since there were some misunderstandings before and most of our readers are most likely not fluent in German let me explain again what has happened so far:

  1. Our hoster received a threatening e-mail telling him to immediately take down our servers. We assumed this mail to be fake (which it may still be, but it would fit into the things that happened next) due to the style it was written in and the claim that OdinMS.de stole Nexon America’s code. Of course our hoster did not take any actions after we told him our position on things.
  2. We received a bill from the Landgericht (LG) Hamburg which is a German district court about a civil action between NEXON Corporation (which is the Korean parent company) and me. It is a German matter because we and our servers are located in Germany.
    We are unsure about the compentency of the court since we are over 800 km away from Hamburg (our hoster still more than 600 km) and we do not know of a NEXON Corporation subsidiary in Hamburg. In Germany you have to sue someone at his place of residence or if a tortious act is involved, at the place where the act has been committed.
    The front of the letter (which you can review in the previous post) basically stated that I had to pay 441,20€ of court costs. The more interesting information can be found on the back where the calculation of the costs is detailed. It can be deduced that there are independent proceedings for the taking of evidence running right now, which are a pre-trial discovery, most likely involving an independent expert. Usually you get informed if such a proceeding is started against you but is possible that it is still in a very early stage.
    The amount in dispute has been set to 350,000€. This is the amount of money NEXON Corporation is sueing me for. The court costs are calculated based on the amount in dispute and amount to 2,206€ for the independent proceedings for the taking of evidence. According to the bill I had to bear one fifth (441,20€) of those costs. The paragraphs mentioned there are only referring to the laws upon which the calculation is based and don’t have anything to do with the claims NEXON Corporation has against us.
  3. Since it is quite unusual that you have to pay court costs before even knowing about the case I called the LG Hamburg to ask about the bill. After telling them the file number they immediately apologized and assured me that I don’t have to pay anything at the moment. However this did not change the fact that the mentioned proceedings including the amount in dispute are real.
  4. Now we received the written confirmation of that telephone call. The letter is pretty much identical to the previous one just with the nullification of the court cost claim.
    • There is a a civil action between NEXON Corporation and me currently in the independent proceedings for the taking of evidence
    • NEXON Corporation wants 350,000€
    • Currently I do not have to pay any court costs.
  5. So, what do we know for a fact?

    What is happening next?
    Since we were not directly contacted by NEXON Corporation it is unlikely for this to happen now.
    We should be informed about the accusation or receive a summons by the court. There is no set time for that.

    How long will it take?
    Legal procedures can take a very long time and are barely limited. It may very well take a few months until we get more information, we can’t know.

    What can you do to support us?
    Nothing at the moment although we very much appreciate all of the demonstrations of your support we received via e-mail. Please understand that we intentionally disabled the possibility of commenting the blog entries to avoid any further risks.
    We will inform you if we see a possibility for you to help us. For now all we can do is wait.

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Posted on June 25, 2008, in General MapleStory and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Damn i hate private servers. A good friend of mine on GMS deleted his char to start on a private server…

  2. I don’t understand why nexon is having such a fit.

    Perhaps they should take the hint that the reason people are switching to private servers is due to the fact the cost of the ‘nx’ items are ridiculous. It’s basically 5$ for a couple of pixels to dress your character for two months. And while the concept of ‘nx’ is an optional concept one can partake in, most users will find they are highly discriminated against if they do not ‘look like an nx’ user. And seeing as most of the players are young children and pre-teens, you can imagen that not following a trend, isn’t an option, and online bullying is just as harsh as real life, if not, more dramatic for a child due to the fact ‘online’ fights are regarded as petty, therefore, the child keeps quiet. Kind of a silly repercussion of not being able to have nx…

    Private servers allow people to have nx, high lever characters, and furthermore, have fun. GMs of private servers are friendly, helpful and actually HELP the players. Nexon has grown so large that is hardly pays attention to its users. It simply looks at is users like piggy banks it can occasionally get some bucks from. I prefer private servers as opposed to Maple Global server because I actually have fun and get to explore more. Plus, I have school, and a life, so leveling my character to a high lever user, isn’t a feasible concept for me, so Private Servers allow me to explore and have a sense of achievement.

    Most parents don’t feel its okay to spend money on NX, so kids feel left out. Perhaps if nexon wants to eliminate competition it finds in Private Servers, they should probably improve their service.

  3. I totally agree with Mae V, All of what this person says is true.

  4. Mae V, I completely agree and I know you speak basically on behalf of the whole GMS community. The problem is, NEXON doesn’t care about the players’ feelings or if they’re having “fun.” If they see a drop in profits, then they’ll take action.

    Maybe once NEXON sees that by suing OdinMS, they wont cut off the “head of the snake,” rather, they’ll just make everyone else more pissed off and determined to make private servers.

    NEXON exemplifies what today’s world is turning into…and what much of it already is: money hungry people and corporations who could care less about the little people.

    If everyone wants something to really change, then the players should boycott MapleGlobal until they get change. They can’t sue you for not playing.

  5. i agree with Mae V and also gms is lackin on their anticheat system, back before odinms was out you can see hackers in almost 1 out of 2 maps

  6. well yeah basically what mae v said is 100% true, but in the end its up to the “users” to play or not to play, its not nexons fault that we play it. They just made a game and we play it. Like any other company that makes a product. Its OUR choice to buy, or use, or do w/e. If nexon doesnt want to it wont do anything, and nexon has the right to do w/e the hell they want with their “creation” of a game. that is all.

  7. Well, yeah.. i tottally agree with everyone, cept for Q9R42.

    To : Q9R42
    Your friend had lots of reasons to quit.
    1. Nexon sucks
    2. Rates are too low
    3. Cyber bullyin
    4. NX Cash

    Now, number 4 .
    NX Cash makes users feel into the community.
    But costs alot, and is limited.

    Now Number 3 .
    Most people don’t know, but maplestory, has lots of smaller younger children, with feelings, nexon thinks their robots, paying money. Like wtf.

    Now number 2.
    Like Mae V. Said, you do feel good about yourself, you get this awesome new skill! Or something to wear, to make urself look cooler, and do more damage, encounter more then just victoria island.
    We have lives, we cant train forever. Private servers change that.

    Now number 1.
    Theres nothing to say, all that proves that nexon sucks.

    I say Boycott Maplestory, cuz i am.
    Screw off nexon, no one likes you, this is just like RO!
    They won’t die, sue each of us, by the time we’re done.. there will be plenty more, your just losing money.. go to hell.

    PS .
    NEXON SUCKS!

  8. I agree with SCREWNEXON, they’re just losing money. also, we have lifes. f–king takes 1-2 weeks for level 30, right?

    Hmm, lets move to a private server, level 100 in 1 week MAX, isn’t it your dream to pass level 100? Duhhh, thats why P servers ROCK.

    Free NX, high levels WITH having a life, ANNNDDDDD, the GMs actually CARE about us.

    Nexon can go die in a corner, they just eat our money.

    (Has spent over 300 bucks in only ONE months when Nexon cards came out. True story.)

  9. This is not funny… :( i was a little stupid today… I made a private server, i reached 100 players and suddenly my CELLPHONE all of a sudden started calling from an out of district secret number (+555)Hidden number
    and i heard a woman say: Hello, we are calling regarding case: [some case] blah blah. then i thought it sounded suspiciously amateur. and i said: do you think i believe you are really lawyers, why would you sue me when finalstory have 1k players online all the time? then i hang up. 2 days later i got a mail from a british law department and it said on a letter to meet in court and that i had refused to listen :( shit, why ME when its more popular private servers out there
    ??

  10. What people are forgeting is that nexon has the right to sue anybody they want, until WE the players show that we cant spend 3 years to level to 200 so we play on higher rates, fair enough a server with 100,00X exp is just stupid and nexon deserves to make a profit from their game, they need to raise their experience rates, id suggest 10X then its fair and they need to stop making maplestory look so apealing to children, most children have no sense of achievement so they bury themselves in online play to feed their need for achievement, they get nx items so they can become better and feel better, if nexon wants to sell optional items for kids then let them but for 60 days? thats a disgrace, kids would gladly pay that cost but if people are pissed at nexon global then you need to take notice of something, $10 for 10k nexon cash, seems like a rip off considering it last’s 2 months but maple europe (im european) charges £10 for 10k NX currenately $10 – £ is only £6 so if nexon were charging you $18 for nx cash then you would understand why it sucks… even if i considered paying id pay in global, no way in europe… its discusting

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