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Old 03-28-2008, 02:58 AM #1
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Legal battle over Warcraft 'bot' - Glider

Bots can go undetected.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7314353.stm

Legal battle over Warcraft 'bot'
Warcraft
Combat forms a core part of the game play
The makers of World of Warcraft are locked in a legal battle with a firm that has produced a tool to automate many actions in the virtual world.

Blizzard is suing Michael Donnelly, the creator of the MMO Glider program, which performs key tasks in the game automatically, such as fighting.

Both sides have submitted legal summaries to a court in Arizona.

Blizzard says Glide is a software bot which infringes the company's copyright and potentially damages the game.

In its legal submission to the court last week, the firm said: "Blizzard's designs expectations are frustrated, and resources are allocated unevenly, when bots are introduced into the WoW universe, because bots spend far more time in-game than an ordinary player would and consume resources the entire time."

'Infringed agreement'

Blizzard argued that Michael Donnelly's tool also infringed the End User License Agreement that all parties have to adhere to when playing the game.

More than 100,000 copies of the tool have been sold, according to Mr Donnelly. More than 10 million people around the world play Warcraft.

Mr Donnelly said the first time had had been aware of potential legal action over his program was when a lawyer from Vivendi games, which publishes Warcraft, and an "unnamed private investigator" appeared at his home.

In his legal submission, he detailed: "When they arrived, they presented Donnelly with a copy of a complaint that they indicated would be filed the next day in the US District Court for the Central District of California if Donnelly did not immediately agree to stop selling Glider and return all profits that he made from Glider sales."

"Blizzard's audacious threats offended Donnelly," according to the legal papers.

Mr Donnelly says his tool does not infringe Blizzard's copyright because no "copy" of the Warcraft game client software is ever made.

Blizzard has said the tool infringes copyright because it copies the game into RAM in order to avoid detection by anti-cheat software.

The two parties are now awaiting a summary judgement in the case.


if they rule in favor of the bots WoW is ****ED!
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:00 AM #2
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How exactly would they be ****ed? It's not like if Blizzard loses (which is likely to happen, that's a pretty thin case) they will have to allow botters.
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:03 AM #3
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Why people even play that game is beyond me :p
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:04 AM #4
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How exactly would they be ****ed? It's not like if Blizzard loses (which is likely to happen, that's a pretty thin case) they will have to allow botters.
u dont see anything wrong with that picture?
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:06 AM #5
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Wrong with what picture? the one where blizzard continues to ban bot users?
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:15 AM #6
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when it's undetectable???

as soon as the bot becomes good enough people will just farm farm farm, imagining running a quad box setup of fully geared characters through the top instances AUTOMATICALLY

it's doubtfull they will win but it's interesting
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:17 AM #7
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the software is "undetectable" but if you leave your machine and like...go somewhere...it's pretty easy to get caught. ****loads of people will get caught just like before.


Lol an army of bots won't get **** done in a raid.
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:28 AM #8
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Heard about it, the owner is rich now. But you can buy the trainer, pl your guys, sell account, profit
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:35 AM #9
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the software is "undetectable" but if you leave your machine and like...go somewhere...it's pretty easy to get caught. ****loads of people will get caught just like before.


Lol an army of bots won't get **** done in a raid.
Hence the only content left to players..and the type of accounts people who arent willing to spend the time to play to get there are willing to spend on

leading to an even moreso 1 dimensional game thats market [in-game] is a complete joke
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Old 03-28-2008, 09:14 AM #10
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idk the games just a treadmill anyhow
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Sure it wll drive down the economy. But what I enjoy most is the PvE high end raiding. 90% of items that an end game raider has doesnt revolve around money in any way shape or form. Sure it makes enchanting and gemming a little easier but my guild usually provides those services for free if its for PvE gear.
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Why people even play that game is beyond me :p
lol they arent, thats the issue! :V
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Old 03-29-2008, 03:08 AM #13
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you know wow is boring when you gotta get a bot for it...

cant believe I had over 90 days played in that game and I started at released played till BWL came out
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:39 AM #14
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I wasted 2 days in that horrible game.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:35 PM #15
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You know a video game has turned into a mindless pile of **** when there are legal battles over game content.
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you know a game is made for retards when an automated bot can play the game more effectively than a living person.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:59 PM #17
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If they rule in favor, I'm playing again and selling account hardcore.......but then again, if word gets out, then people everywhere will bot and accounts will become worthless.

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Old 04-02-2008, 01:12 PM #18
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Yeah the owner of MDY (MMO Glider) has made over $2.8 million in profits. And he is the only empolyee...

I think that is amazing that a single person became that rich over a botting program.
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you know a game is made for retards when an automated bot can play the game more effectively than a living person.
You play CS better than a programmed bot that shoots anything it sees directly in the head.
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Old 04-02-2008, 07:49 PM #20
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Yeah the owner of MDY (MMO Glider) has made over $2.8 million in profits. And he is the only empolyee...

I think that is amazing that a single person became that rich over a botting program.
i've read up on him and he's actually a pretty well established progammer who knows his ****, to code an effective glider program that runs hidden from blizzards detection is pretty impressive
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