Blizzard sqeezes 88 Million from a private Server Owner 10 replies

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Dragonelf68

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#1 8 years ago
Private World of Warcraft server owners may want to stop their illegal operations. Yesterday. Don't mess with Blizzard, ever. Don't even entertain the idea. If you do, you could end up like private server company Scapegaming, which was running at least one private World of Warcraft server and has ended up being charged $88 million for it. Private servers are unofficial portals through which to play MMOGs. Sometimes they're free, sometimes they're not, but they're just about always illegal when running a retail product. Scapegaming's World of Warcraft private server was reportedly using a microtransaction model that would allow players to purchase items. Blizzard didn't like this very much, so it sued Scapegaming, aka Alyson Reeves. A judge laid down final judgment in the lawsuit last week, awarding Blizzard $88,594,539. Wow is right. That's $3,052,339 in "disgorged profits", $85,478,600 in statutory damages, and a mere $63,600 in attorney's fees. The attorney's fees seem paltry next to the $85 million in statutory damages, anyway. To make matters worse, she also has to pay interest "at the rate provided by law until paid in full." Reeves may appeal the amount, but she's not going to get off easy no matter what she does. It's hard enough to pay off a $10,000 car loan, so I can't imagine what it'd be like to have an $88 million dollar debt on your head. If Blizzard wanted to make an example out of Reeves for other private server owners, it's done that quite well. When it comes to copyright infringement and Blizzard, you don't want to be on the giant's radar. It will shut you down, crush your soul, crush your soul shards, and then sprinkle them on Bobby Kotick's ice cream cone.

Source. Basicly she cut and run with 1.5 million in profits, but still, 88 fucking million plus interest? Here's a couple other sources: How she made profit from the private server. And the lawsuit.


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#2 8 years ago

Well, you steal from a huge company, and that's what you get.

I doubt she'll be able to pay that off in her lifetime unless she uses her company profits.




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#3 8 years ago

Well was she even making money in the first place? and if so how much because thats a rather large fine.




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#4 8 years ago

Christ, that's one hell of a fine. Don't say I feel sorry for her though.


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#5 8 years ago

They are not going to get that money. She'll just declare bankruptcy and pay off pennies on the dollar.

I'm fairly sure that blizzard didn't expect to get any money out of her, it was a symbolic win to try and prevent others from mimicking her idea.


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#6 8 years ago

Well at least the lawyers made a pretty sweet load.




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#7 8 years ago
Granyaski;5379282Well at least the lawyers made a pretty sweet load.

Are we really at the point where we feel happy for lawyers? =p


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#8 8 years ago

I will sleep well knowing that addicted users will only be assembling on official servers from here on out.




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#9 8 years ago
FileTrekker;5379294Are we really at the point where we feel happy for lawyers? =p

Nope. I hate lawyers. Bane of existence.

She stole, yeah, but declaring bankruptcy couldn't be that bad, especially since a penny for each dollar....wait thats still pretty bad anyways.




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#10 8 years ago

That's still nearly $90k.

It sucks, but meh. I can't say I feel all that sorry for her, but 88 million is a heck of a lot of money. What sort of thing do statutory damages cover, anyway?




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