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Blizzard accuses bot makers of copyright infringement

Video game developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the alleged creators of several popular cheating bots. The company is hoping the complaint, which was filed in a California federal court, will stop cheaters from ruining the gaming experience for other players.

Blizzard Entertainment has produced a series of popular game titles, including "World of Warcraft," "Heroes of the Storm" and "Diablo 3." However, the games are plagued by a small group of players who use hacks and cheats to gain the upper hand on other players. In an attempt to end this practice, Blizzard is targeting the alleged makers of the bots that allow cheaters to hack into their software.

Blizzard names a hacker called "Apoc" and several other unnamed individuals as defendants in the lawsuit. According to the complaint, the defendants' bots, called "HonorBuddy," "DemonBuddy" and "StormBuddy," infringe on the company's copyright. The company contends the bots have frustrated honest players and have diverted revenue to the defendants.

Blizzard claims the bots have cost the company significant amounts of sales. The company also accuses the defendants of making millions of dollars on their own through bot sales, which have a starting price of approximately $27.

Intellectual property laws are complex. People or companies who believe that their book, music, artwork, software or performance art is in danger of copyright infringement may want to discuss the situation with an attorney who has experience with these matters. Legal counsel could provide essential information on the various tools, including litigation, that may be available to protect the client's intellectual property.

Source: Torrent Freak, "BLIZZARD SUES BOT MAKER FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT," Ernesto, Nov. 11, 2015

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