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Brick Owl Hit With Cease and Desist Letter From BrickLink

Back in the early part of June, BrickLink was sold to the founder of Korean game company Nexon, Jung-Ju Kim. At the end of the same month, Brick Owl officially opened as another LEGO trading platform. Since the announcement, there hasn’t been any concrete updates for the upcoming BrickLink 2.0. Yesterday, Brick Owl announced that they have received a Cease and Desist letter from BrickLink and were demanded to immediately cease providing their services altogether. This includes using BrickLink’s unique numbering and naming systems as well as the sync feature which extracts data from BrickLink to display on Brick Owl. To me, this pretty much sounds like BrickLink is claiming the exclusive rights to all their data including the naming and numbering system and wants Brick Owl to shut down completely.

However, to counter the C&D letter, Brick Owl will be implementing some changes to their site which includes, removing BrickLink names and numbers from the site. The BrickLink Sync feature also will be disabled on September 28th.

There have been many discussions on whether BrickLink’s catalog was free to use without restrictions but it looks like a corporate giant is putting their proverbial foot down on competitors even though they encouraged competition as they stated on their TOS changes. Keep up with all the happenings over on Brick Owl here.

**Via The Brick News**

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Brick Owl Marketplace Officially Launches

There’s been a plethora of new LEGO marketplaces and trading sites that have come online in the past few months. Back in May, Project Swapfig was launched as a LEGO Collectible Minifigure trading site. A month later, Bricktrader started up as an auction trading site. Three weeks ago, it was announced that the popular LEGO marketplace, BrickLink was sold to Korean game giant Nexon. Today marks the arrival of Brick Owl. I’ve taken a look around the site and it looks like it’ll be giving BrickLink a serious run for it’s money although time will tell if it will be successful as it’s competition. The site has a clean design and runs amazingly fast. One nice feature is that Brick Owl is able to be integrate your wishlist from LDraw, LDD, or Brickstore. As of this writing, there are already 114 stores set up for you to purchase from. Below is the press release for Brick Owl:

Brick Owl is a new marketplace to buy and sell LEGO Parts, Minifigures and Sets. It’s been designed to be used by anybody but still have all of the advanced features that AFOLs need. Some of the features of the website include:

  • Instant checkout including instant payment via PayPal and shipping rates visible upfront while items are being added to the cart
  • Wishlist buying tool – Brick Owl will tell you which stores have your Wishlist items, how much they cost including shipping, and then let you choose which stores to buy from and add all the items
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