Ruling In WoW Bot Case At Odds With Intention Of Copyright Law
from the very-troubling dept
Of course, as we saw when the original ruling was made, there are some in the tech community who are willing to ignore the implications of this just because they don't like what the bot software did (i.e., helping people effectively cheat in the game). However, you need to look beyond what the software did to what these rulings actually mean, and it's quite problematic, and could represent a significant expansion of how copyright law can be used to remove all sorts of rights from individuals. The fact that this particular piece of software was used for questionable purposes is not the issue. The issue is that it was a twisted reading of copyright law that was used to stop it. Blizzard had a variety of options -- mainly technological -- to combat such a bot. To use copyright law is a problem we should all be concerned about.