Wizards have sent a Cease & Desist order to Emass-web.com and the site now reads
I’m sorry to inform you that this site is no more.
Wizards of the Coast asked me to take it down, and I complied.
I’m sorry for all the fans who will miss it – I will miss it, too – but it was the right thing to do.
Time to move on…
The site had a range of character sheets that were effectively character generators for a number of different games systems so why did Wizards go after them?
Firstly, the site mixed 3rd edition and 4th edition materials. The GSL used to license 4th Edition products specifically forbids a company supplying both 3rd & 4th edition material.
Secondly, some of the character sheets available from the site may of been copyrighted.
Thirdly, material from books not covered by the GSL or OGL (e.g. PHB II) was included.
There are theories that it was seen as a competitor to D&DI but that is unlikely. The real reason is this:
The site was selling its services
Once money starts changing hands then a site moves from being a fan site where Wizards can ignore copyright infringements to being a business profiting from intellectual property (IP) owned by Wizards. If you want to run a site that charges money then you need to respect other peoples IP and play by the rules.
Anyone of the reasons above is potentially enough to get a site shutdown but it is the making money aspect that will get Wizards sending cease & desist notices out.