bnetd Loses Blizzard Appeal

Blizzard wins lawsuit on video game hacking ; the opinion

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled Thursday that federal law–specifically, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act–disallows players from altering Blizzard games to link with servers other than the company’s official Battle.net site.

[…] In a 3-0 decision, the court upheld a trial judge’s ruling from October, concluding the programmers’ “circumvention in this case constitutes infringement.”

The DMCA broadly restricts circumventing, or bypassing, antipiracy measures. Blizzard had included such measures to tie its games to the Battle.net site and detect pirated copies.

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