'Warcraft' maker Blizzard Wins Copyright Cheating Lawsuit
Cheating is now a violation of copyright, according to a U.S. district judge who ruled for World of Warcraft maker Blizzard on Tuesday.
Blizzard was suing MDY Industries for their software program WoWGlider, which allows players to advance faster in level faster than they would normally be able to. This essentially lets players cheat and get gold and items long before they should.
If they were to then sell the items or gold online for real money (which happens quite a bit), they would be able to cheat the system and make good money doing it.
The US Judge ruled that because the 'bot' program is prohibited by Blizzard's license, the use of it infringes on Blizzard's copyright. However, he didn't go so far as to allow Blizzard to invoke the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
This means that liability for contributory and vicarious copyright infringement and tortious interference is completely off the table and will not go to the jury at trial in September, assuming that the parties do not settle before then. The only issue before the jury on these two claims will be damages. This is a major setback for MDY, which originally brought this action seeking a declaratory judgment that its WowGlider (now MMOGlider) bot software did not infringe Blizzard’s copyright.
A federal judge has sided with the maker of World of Warcraft in its attempt to shut down a third-party application that allows players to advance more quickly in the game than they normally could.
Blizzard Entertainment won a partial victory on Monday when a court granted its request for summary judgment on copyright infringement grounds. Blizzard is suing Michael Donnelly of MDY Industries, which sells the WoWGlider (or MMO Glider) utility for $25 and has sold some 100,000 copies.
U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled that because using the Glider 'bot is prohibited by Blizzard's World of Warcraft license, "Glider users therefore infringe Blizzard's copyright."