Blizzard Owns Your Software, Not You

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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.

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5 Comments on Blizzard Owns Your Software, Not You

Bounce

On May 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm

hahaha, yep that’s another way of cashing in. Horrible company making horrible games.

Dr Obey

On May 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Blizzard, and all companies, have to defend their product against unwanted third-party users. No WOW player who’s shelling out 15 bucks a month wants Glider bots to be in their game. This is sensationalist journalism at it’s core. Blizzard isn’t doing what the RIAA does when they tell their consumers that they are just renting CD’s from recording industries. Blizzard is defending it’s copyright the only way the law allows them, sure its questionable, but there is no “virtual world economy” laws yet. Just give it a few years.

Ron Whitaker

On May 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Here’s the issue: Glider users are not breaking copyright laws. They ARE breaking contract laws. They have agreed to a contract between themselves and Blizzard, and one of the stipulations of that contract is that they will not use programs like Glider. Blizzard should, and does, ban accounts found using this bot.

However, this copyright lawsuit should not target users. The copyright violation is on the creators of Glider, who reverse-engineered the software in direct contravention to the License Agreement. The users are actually in violation of the Terms of Use, or ToU, which forbids the use of third-party programs. Neither Shawn nor I supports the use of bots to play the game; however, I think we both agree that a copyright lawsuit is the wrong way to move against the users.

ManOfTeal

On May 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm

I would like to point out that this problem doesn’t occur on consoles…..I’m not hating on the PC I’m just sayin…. :cool:

Go Marlins!!!!

Kai

On May 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm

thats cuz none of the geeks care about consoles enuf to program hax for them. its all about the pc man :mrgreen: