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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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