World of Warcraft Takes the Battle to the Courtroom
Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of the infamously addictive online gaming universe, The World of Warcraft, is suing a man who created a Bot, known as the MMO Glider, which can automate gameplay in the program. According to the BBC, Blizzard has accused the MMO Glider program of violating WoW’s terms of service disrupting gameplay for actual human users. The two parties disagree over whether the software infringes on the copyright of The World of Warcraft. While Michael Donnelly, creator of the MMO Glider, maintains that no copy of the game code is ever made by his Bot, Blizzard Entertainment contends that the Bot copies the game into RAM to avoid detection.