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Blizzard Works to Stop OpenSource WoW Glider

Blizzard Seeks Permanent Injunction Against MDY, Asks Court to Prohibit Making Glider Open Source (thanks Ant and Slashdot) has word that following its legal victory over the makes of the WoW Glider (story), Blizzard is now seeking a permanent injunction to prevent the OpenSource release of this software that automates World of Warcraft gameplay. Here's a bit:

Blizzard has now asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona for a permanent injunction (.pdf) which would functionally shut down Glider’s WoW presence. In addition, Blizzard has asked the court for a relatively unconventional order prohibiting MDY from making the source code for its MMO Glider software available to the public, and prohibiting MDY from helping people develop other World of Warcraft automation software.

Blizzard had previously asked the court to shut down MDY’s WoW operations in its motion for summary judgment, but the court’s summary judgment order did not address Blizzard’s request. Blizzard’s requests to prohibit open-source release of MDY’s software and prohibit MDY’s assistance in development of independent WoW bots are new to this motion — and seem likely to raise eyebrows in the open source and digital rights advocacy camps.

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20. Re: Hmmm... Aug 1, 2008, 18:49 sponge
 
Most Terms of Service have never been tested in court, if you read through the average ToS it basically grants every right known to man to the company

ToS != EULA. An EULA has not been tested in court. Terms of Services have been tested ever since the phone companies have existed. All those broadband companies who cap bandwidth or limit how much you can download? Those are in the Terms of Service.

he sarcasm aside, Glider never actually communicates with Blizzard's servers, it's access is strictly local. The WoW client does any and all interactions with the server. Violating the Terms of Service is welcoming account closure and any number of other actions Blizzard is entitled to attempt but that's on a case by case basis.

No. The Glider application was judged to constitute copyright infringement. Distributing an application which has no purpose besides to commit copyright infringement, and generating funds off of it is illegal. This has nothing to do with your property. Blizzard is not suing people who run Glider, nor are they saying what you can't do and do with your computer.

http://news.mmosite.com/content/2008-07-15/20080715231135963.shtml

This comment was edited on Aug 1, 18:50.
 
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