Video Game Law Blog

June 20, 2005

You can stop holding your breath today's the day that the Battlenet appeal gets heard in St. Louis. 

As we reported last year, Blizzard Entertainment won its lawsuit against Internet Gateway Inc. and various individuals who reverse engineered Blizzard's software and protocols to create the bnetd project, a free and unregulated alternative to Blizzard's arena.  The court ruled that the defendants' activities violated US copyright law and also violated Blizzard's software licences and online terms of use.

Now the bnetd folks are appealing, claiming that the decision "could dramatically impact consumers' ability to customize software and electronic devices and to obtain customized tools created by others". 

It's true this is an important decision. Stay tuned for the results.
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