Legal battle over Warcraft 'bot' Page: 1
Blizzard Entertainment take Michael Donnelly to Court.
Blizzard Entertainment creators of the popular MMO RPG is suing Michael Donnelly because of the bot he had created. The bot is an MMO Glider program and will complete certain parts of the game automatically for you, such as fighting(Which lets be honest is a core part of the game).
Both sides have submitted their legal summaries to a court in Arizona.
Apparently the bot "Glider" infringes Blizzard's copyright and can be harmful to the game itself. In Michael Donnelly's legal submission submitted to court last week, Donnelly said:
"Blizzard's designs expectations are frustrated, and resources are allocated unevenly, when bots are introduced into the WoW universe, because bots spend far more time in-game than an ordinary player would and consume resources the entire time."
Blizzard also argue that it infringes the peoples End User License Agreements that have to be agreed to before playing the game. It is said that 100,000 copies of Glider have been sold, this is not a huge number compared to the 10 Million people playing WoW.
Mr Donnelly said that the tool does not make any copy of the game so cannot possibly break the copyright laws. But Blizzard disagree and say the copying into the computers memory or RAM to avoid the anti-cheat system is breaking copyright.
Both parties are waiting the judges decision.
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