Blizzard Owns Your Software, Not You
Blizzard’s parent company Vivendi is suing MDY, Inc. the creator of the Glider bot program for the World of Warcraft. For those of you that are new to Glider, the program allows users to load their copy of the WoW client software into RAM making gameplay automated.
I agree with Vivendi that using Glider is “cheating” and bad for the WoW players and economy. However, fining Glider users $750 every time they load it is excessive. It’s the old punish the kids and the dealers can’t sell drugs argument really.
What really irks me is that Blizzard is arguing that WoW players using the program are violating copyright rather than the EULA. Translation, the users don’t own their copies of the WoW client they purchased. No, you don’t own that copy of WoW you bought on CD; you’re merely renting the license for it.
For a detailed explaination of how this is magically supposed to work, check out the article on MDY vs. Blizzard explaining why cheating at WoW may be rotten but it’s not copyright infringement on Public Knowledge.