California
05 April 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Blizzard awarded $8.7 million in hacking infringement case


Blizzard Entertainment has been awarded $8.7 million in damages after Bossland accrued 42,818 violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

US District Court for the Central District of California Judge David Carter handed down the default judgement on 31 March.

German hacking software company Bossland was accused of selling hacks and bots for popular Blizzard games, including World of Warcraft and Overwatch.

Blizzard said that these hacks violated the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA.

The videogame publisher asked the court for a default judgement after Bossland said it would not contest the case and demanded more than $8.5 million in damages, describing Bossland as “an archetypal bad actor”.

The final $8.7 million award covered each of Bossland’s 42,818 violations of the DMCA, valued at $200 each, as well as attorney fees.

The judgement also included an injunction, enjoining Bossland from violating Blizzard’s end-user licence Agreements in the future.

This includes selling any software whose use infringes any of Blizzard’s intellectual property, such as Bossland’s ‘Honorbuddy’, ‘Demonbuddy’ and ‘Watchover Tyrant’ hacks.

Bossland and its directors admitted before the UK High Court earlier in March that the sale of its software, ‘Honorbuddy, ‘Demonbuddy’, ‘Watchover Tyrant’ and more, constitutes infringement of Blizzard’s IP rights and an inducement to players of Blizzard’s games to breach their agreements.

Bossland’s UK website now resolves to a message explaining this. It also states that Bossland is no longer permitted to advertise or offer sale of such software to UK residents.

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