Valve Wins Cyber Café Suit

Steam News has word that Valve has won a summary judgment in its Cyber Café copyright infringement lawsuit:
Valve today announced the U.S. Federal District Court in Seattle, WA granted its motion for summary judgment on the matters of Cyber Café Rights and Contractual Limitation of Liability in its copyright infringement suit with Sierra/Vivendi Universal Games. Click here to read the judge's order.
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I agree with Beamer on this one. Yes, while there are some implications that could possibly spell some trouble down the road in terms of what this ruling means as legal precedent, I don't classify cyber cafes on the same level as regular gamers and events (as I've said in the past).

Listen, folks, cyber cafes are a business. They are a business, unlike LANs, that make steady money in an established location off of other people's products. And if you expect to base a business off of some imagination that you'll receive free handouts for the rest of your life, I say you've done poor planning.

Were Valve to go after npo's or LAN parties I would have something different to say on this, but all I see is a business earning money renting off someone else's product. Should we be surprised? They need to get over it and find a way to survive.

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