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.

More Copyright news
The latest news from IPPro The Internet
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
APLA and French police take down piracy site
14 December 2017 | Bordeaux | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A joint operation between French police and the ALPA has resulted in the closure of piracy streaming website, artv.watch
PSNI, HMRC and FACT seize 50 illegal streaming devices
08 December 2017 | Belfast | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A joint operation between UK enforcement bodies has resulted in the seizure of 50 illegal streaming devices
EU piracy guidance provides “no solutions”, says IFPI
01 December 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
New guidance adopted by the EU against piracy recognises the problems facing rightsholders, but provides “no solutions” according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
Cloud-based recordings require rightsholder consent, says CJEU
29 November 2017 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Copies of TV programmes saved in the cloud must be authorised by the copyright holder, the Court of Justice of the EU has ruled
Fake remembrance merchandise seized by UK Border Force
13 November 2017 | Tilbury | Reporter: Jenna Lomax
Fake poppy branded jewellery, worth around £150,000, was seized ahead of Remembrance Sunday by the UK Border Force
Sci-Hub blocked in the US
06 November 2017 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Sci-Hub has been blocked in the US and must pay $4.8 million to the American Chemical Society after a US district court entered a default judgment and injunction against it
Duo arrested for Nintendo circumvention
03 November 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A man and a woman from Kidderminster have been arrested for selling circumvention devices that allow users to illegally access hundreds of pirate copies of Nintendo games