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5-07-2008 @ 7:42PM
The copyright claims will not fly, for a few simple reasons.Copyright laws do not prevent copying. They are intended to prevent *distribution* of unauthorized copies.If I make a copy of a copyrighted work, I don't need authorization to do so. However, I do need authorization to *distribute* that copy to someone else.Since there was no distribution of unauthorized copies from one person to another, there can be no violation of copyright.Now, there is a provision of the DMCA that surround the circumvention of technological protection measures. However, this program does not have to circumvent anything in order to interoperate with Blizzard's software. It controls the mouse and enters keystrokes. It does not modify the game in any way; it doesn't modify game files and it doesn't manipulate memory.Based on how the program works and the basic fact that no distribution of unauthorized copies of Blizzard's copyrighted works to third parties, it is pretty baseless for Blizzard to be making claims of copyright infringement.
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