12/16/2010

Recent decision: "World of Warcraft" vs play-by-bot

In ReedSmith's Developing Concerns, Drew Boortz analyzes (and links to) the Ninth Circuit's recent decision in MDY Industries, LLC v. Blizzard Entertainment which held that MDY software that plays Blizzard's "World of Warcraft" automatically, without human-player involvement, does not infringe Blizzard's copyright (because of the specific wording of Blizzard's ULA) but does violate Blizzard's access control rights under the DMCA.