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Submission + - Blizzard Wins Bot Lawsuit, Validates EULAs (arstechnica.com)

Kalriath writes: A story on ArsTechnica and discussed on Blizzards forums talks about the recent win in early January, where judge David G Campbell agreed with Blizzard that the use of a bot violates Blizzard's EULA, terminating a users license to use the software (and validating the belief that copying an application into memory to run it does indeed constitute copyright infringement without a valid license. From the story:

As we've noted before, Blizzard's legal arguments, which Judge David G. Campbell largely accepted, could have far-reaching and troubling implications for the software industry. Donnelly is not the most sympathetic defendant, and some users may cheer the demise of a software vendor that helps users break the rules of Blizzard's wildly popular role playing game. But the sweeping language of Judge Campbell's decision, combined with his equally troubling decision last summer, creates a lot of new uncertainty for software vendors seeking to enter software markets dominated by entrenched incumbents and achieve interoperability with legacy platforms.

Looks like a field day for lawyers everywhere.

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